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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Connections to True Self: Short Stories for Girls by Sofia Michelle is a collection of thought-provoking short stories. Nine different girls, each one who felt they were alone in some way, that nobody understood them. A swimming champion who suffers an injury, a little girl who loses her grandmother, a family on the move to a different country, a dancer who thinks she is too fat. Each one tells a different story with the same message – communication is important and we must all find a connection to our true selves.
Connections to True Self: Short Stories for Girls by Sofia Michelle is a great book written by a teenage girl, with a story of her very own in between the pages. Each story is wonderfully told and each one has its own message. Each is written about a situation that may be very real to a child or young teen today and I especially liked “My Kind of Dance” and “Victory”. The addition at the end of each story of an illustration or a page to write about something connected with the story is a good idea as it makes children focus on what they read, what they feel and what they want. Short stories are not easy to write but Sofia has cracked it – every story has everything it should have; a plot, a great character and a message, so I take my hat off to her that. At the age of 10, she has achieved something that many adult authors fail to do. Well written, a great book, and highly recommended to children and teens everywhere, not to mention their parents!