Synopses & Reviews
"Readers ready to graduate from Judy Moody and Junie B. Jones will find a kindred spirit in Sophie.” —Kirkus Reviews
Sophie Hartley, age ten, does not want to be a teenager like all her other classmates. She vows she'll never be like her older sister, who has tantrums about her hair and almost everything else. No, Sophie likes being who she is right now—helping out at home, doing art projects, and hanging out with her two best friends.
As usual, Sophie faces challenges and challengers with determination. With a typically realistic, humorous take on friendships and family, Sophie takes one step closer to growing up without compromising her sense of self.
"The realistic depiction of the childrens emotions and ways of expressing them will resonate with readers. Great for discussion, this involving and, at times, riveting chapter book has something to say and a deceptively simple way of saying it."—Booklist,
"Short chapters, realistic dialogue and social dynamics, humor, and suspense will keep even reluctant readers turning pages to the satisfying conclusion."—School Library Journal
"Spirited Sophie is back for a fourth tale in this highly readable series. . . Those readers ready to graduate from Judy Moody and Junie B. Jones will find a kindred spirit in Sophie."
"In Greene's fourth Sophie Hartley book, the author lightheartedly yet earnestly portrays the shifting dynamics of being on the cusp of middle school. . . . A reliably cute and comfortable read for the younger range of the targeted audience."
"In this wryly amusing, perceptive story, Greene captures the viewpoint of a preteen who, after observing her older siblings in action, is in no hurry to become a teenager. . . . A solid addition to the consistently entertaining Sophie Hartley series."
"In this latest addition to this thoughtful and charming series, Greene paints a convincing picture of the last breath of childhood with sensitivity and humor. . . . Like the early volumes of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice series, this sweet and sincere story will resonate with preteens who accept their future but certainly don't wish to hasten it."
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
In the much-anticipated sequel to The Lemonade War, brother and sister duo Evan and Jessie turn the playground into a full-blown courtroom and attempt to take the law into their own hands. This engaging chapter book entertains and explores the issue of fairness.
Following the laws of our legal system, Evan and Jessies fourth grade class concocts a courtroom on the playground, putting Scott Spencer, alleged thief, on trial. They create a legitimate courtroom—with a judge, witnesses, a jury of their peers—and surprising consequences.
As she explores the difficulties of fairness, Jacqueline Davies once again reveals how good she is at understanding the complex emotions of children this age.
Just as The Lemonade War, which sold more than 260,000 copies, put business into the
hands of Evan and his younger sister, Jessie, this equally exciting follow-up puts the
law into their hands. Using the rules of our legal system as a guide, they turn the playground
into a courtroom and put Scott Spencer, alleged thief, on trial, with fourthgraders
serving as judge and jury.
Turn to page 56 to read about the next book in the Lemonade War Series!
In the fourth middle-grade novel about the irrepressible Sophie Hartley, Sophie, 10, doesnt want to turn into a moody teenager like her older brother and sister, and she certainly doesnt want to see The Movie (about gross adolescent body changes) at school. On the other hand, she doesnt want to be considered immature by her classmates. A lively, funny story that touches on a perennially fascinating subject.
About the Author
Stephanie Greene is the author of the Owen Foote books and of three previous novels about Sophie Hartley, as well as a number of other books for children. A graduate of the MFA program in writing for children at Vermont College, Ms. Greene lives in Durham, North Carolina.