Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Review Tour: Sophie Washington: The Gamer by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Sophie Washington: The Gamer
by Tonya Duncan Ellis


GENRE:   Children's (Middle Grade)



Forty days without video games? Oh no!

Sixth-grader Sophie Washington and her friends are back with an interesting book about having fun with video games while keeping balance. It’s almost Easter, and Sophie and her family get ready to start fasts for Lent with their church, where they give up doing something for 40 days that may not be good for them. Her parents urge Sophie to stop tattling so much, and encourage her second-grade brother Cole to give up something he loves most, playing video games. The kids agree to the challenge, but how long can they keep it up? Soon after Lent begins, Cole starts sneaking to play his video games. Things start to get out of control when he loses a school electronic tablet he checked out without his parents’ permission, and comes to his sister for help. Should Sophie break her promise and tattle on him?



“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine on you

And be gracious to you;

The Lord turn his face toward you

And give you peace.


I lift my head up from prayer and my eight-yearold brother, Cole, grumbles, “I’m starving,” as we hustle out of the crowded church.

New Faith Church is one of the largest Baptist churches in Houston. I love coming with my dad, mom and little brother each week, and it looks like the entire congregation showed up today. During the service we were squished in our seats like sardines, and Mom had to put her purse on the floor to make room. I spot my best friend Chloe in the row across from us. She and her family have been attending New Faith since she was little, just like we have.

“Hey Sophie,” she waves. “I love your dress!”

I smooth the skirt of my floral print, blue and white dress. Mom bought it for me last week and I love to twirl around in it. Chloe looks beautiful herself, as usual, wearing a light yellow sweater dress and grown-up looking shoes with a small heel. Tall, with curly black hair and a bright smile, Chloe is one of the prettiest girls my class.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tonya Duncan Ellis was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She loves reading so much that as a child she took books with her everywhere. She knew she wanted to become a writer after an article she wrote was published in her hometown newspaper when she was a teen. Since then, Tonya has worked as a journalist and freelance magazine writer. She's an award-winning author of the Sophie Washington children's book series, geared towards readers ages 8 to 12. The books recount adventures of Houston, TX preteen Sophie Washington and her diverse group of friends. Each funny and heartwarming story teaches lessons about friendship, responsibility, truthfulness and perseverance. Books in the series include Queen of the Bee, The Snitch, Things You Didn't Know About Sophie, and The Gamer. When she's not writing, Tonya enjoys reading, biking, swimming, travel and spending time with her husband and three children. She lives in Houston, TX.


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Tonya Duncan Ellis will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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My Review

The Gamer is yet another fun installment from Tonya Duncan Ellis’s Sophie Washington series. I think this one is my favorite I have read from the series. It has the normal laugh out loud humor and perfect lesson for anyone – young and old – to learn. I liked there was an element of faith in it, as well. So many good words to read in this one. 

I give The Gamer 5 plus stars and highly recommend it, as well as, the rest of the books in the series. 

I received this book from the author. This review is 100% my own honest opinion. 

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  1. I appreciate you featuring me on your blog Amy! Thanks so much for the thoughtful review 😃

  2. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Thanks 4 the giveaway, congrats on the tour, and do you have some particular genres you like to read and why?

    1. Glad to see you Melissa! I like historical romance, thrillers and realistic fiction geared toward adults and kids. Historical romances give me an escape from reality and let me learn about what life was like in different times and places. Thrillers add excitement and drama and realistic fiction lets me learn about and explore views on various issues. What books do you like to read?

  4. What book would you like to see a sequel to? Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Thanks Bernie! My books are a series so they each are connected.

  5. Have you ever written a thriller, historical romance, or realistic fiction and if not do you plan to?

  6. I love a good read with humor.

  7. Honestly, I think I would lose the challenge that is presented in book except one change. I would probably lose at not being able to read YA fiction my addiction. Lol

  8. Who or what has inspired you in this writing journey for this book?

  9. Sounds wonderful and thanks for sharing

  10. how many children books have you wrote?