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Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite
Sophie Washington: Hurricane by Tonya Duncan Ellis is a stunning book about a young girl named Sophie. Sophie is a normal 11-year-old, but when a hurricane hits Texas, her life is changed. Her family, unsure of how safe their house would be if their area were to experience bad flooding, decided to evacuate to Sophie's dad's dental office in hopes of finding higher ground there. However, they weren't the only ones to think that way. Valentina, a girl from Sophie's school whom she doesn't like, and her family ask to stay there as well, and Sophie's parents agree. Meanwhile, the storm is getting worse, and so is the flooding. Will Sophie's house remain dry? Will Sophie manage to tolerate the following days with Valentina?
I really, really enjoyed reading Sophie Washington: Hurricane by Tonya Duncan Ellis. The book is very well written and descriptive. The characters are very likable, realistic and relatable, and readers will love that they can see themselves in them. The story is very exciting, and will keep the reader captivated. The book accurately describes the fear of going through a hurricane. I was hooked by the first page and I never wanted to put the book down. I even learned some Spanish words from this story! The occasional pictures are very well drawn and help to show the chain of events. I can't wait to read other books in the series. This book is fast-paced and a real page turner. The story has many thrilling scenes that made me gasp out loud. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.