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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Sophie Washington: Secret Santa by Tonya Duncan Ellis is another story in a delightful series that is aimed at young readers. It is about the life and adventures of Sophie Washington and her eight-year-old brother Cole. Her school's Christmas Holiday is just three weeks away and sixth grader Sophie is burdened by her mounting school assignments. With boisterous Cole singing a Christmas song, she tries to collect her thoughts when the door bell rings. It is the mailman and he is delivering a present to Sophie; the sender is a secret Santa Claus!
Tonya Duncan Ellis's Sophie Washington: Secret Santa is a book designed for readers in the fifth and sixth grades but it can be entertaining for the general reader as well. The story is set with young Sophie receiving a present but the identity of the sender is a big unknown. She tries to solve the puzzle but it is quite difficult because there is no secret Santa gift exchange arranged by her school for the holiday season. And as she and her school friends eliminate the possible identity of the secret but persistent Santa, they drift far away from solving the puzzle. Author Tonya Duncan Ellis knows her readers quite well and her creative writing style makes for a perfect fit. And when finally the identity of the secret Santa is revealed, the story conveys the real meaning of Christmas, which is giving, forgiving, and spreading Christmas cheer to the most unlikely person in the world.