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Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite
Have you ever been partnered with someone you didn't like? That's the problem main character Sophie faces in the book Sophie Washington: Mismatch by Tonya Duncan Ellis. Sophie decided to try out for her school’s tennis team and was happy when she made the team, but not so happy when she was paired up with a girl named Mackenzie who doesn't want to learn secret handshakes and barely talks to her at practice. To make matters worse, the team captain, an older girl named Kennedy, is being mean to Sophie and her friends. But when Sophie agrees with a nasty comment Kennedy says and Mackenzie overhears, her partner begins to skip practices. Can Sophie make things right with Mackenzie in time for their first game, or was the pairing really just a mismatch?
With relatable problems, likable characters, and an interesting plot, Sophie Washington: Mismatch by Tonya Duncan Ellis is a really enjoyable book. Many people can relate to the problems Sophie faces in this book, from being paired with a person they aren't keen on to bullies. The way she confronts them is brave and smart and sure to inspire the reader to do the same next time they face the same challenge. The characters are unique, diverse, and instantly likable. I love that people that aren't always represented in literature are depicted in this book. The plot is entertaining and brought to life with great characters and realistic scenes. The occasional pictures are well drawn and cute. I love that there’s a glossary of tennis terms at the back for readers who are less familiar with the sport and a few recipes for healthy snacks that were mentioned. I would most definitely recommend this book.