Sophie's Different

James Madison Series Book 3

Young Adult - Social Issues
376 Pages
Reviewed on 04/04/2016
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Author Biography

I currently live in Arizona with my wife, Vaneza. After years of writing for several different entertainment-related blogs, I have found new life and vitality by writing fictional stories about young teens and preteens that are entertaining for ALL ages.

I was bullied badly in middle school and high school, and I am of the opinion that not enough books are written on the subject, and those that are come off as preachy or heavy-handed. It was my goal to tell a story that a young person could read and enjoy, a story that would not only entertain them but given them a perspective on a touchy and relevant subject that they may not have had otherwise.

I make it a point to bring an empathic view to all my books, to give readers a view into what it's like for kids at that age when they just start to mature into young adults. For me, it's all about the characters. I love creating characters that jump off the page, that feel like real people no matter how old the reader is. Because without great characters, you really don't have a great story, do you?

    Book Review

Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite

Sophie's Different (James Madison Series Book 3) by Patrick Hodges is a children’s story for middle school students about the negative aspects of bullying. This book is the third in a series. In this story, a few years have passed since the end of Hodges’ second book, Ethan’s Secret, and bullies are attempting to overrun the school again. But not if Sophie Devereaux has anything to say about it. Sophie doesn’t exactly fit in. At school, she is seen as a misfit. And when Sophie crosses paths with the most popular girl at school, things only get worse. Ayden Saunders is also like Sophie and doesn’t fit in. He’s had his fair share of tragedies in his life, so it is easier for him to watch life instead of participating in it. But when Ayden overhears a nasty plot to ruin Sophie, he knows he has to take action. Together, Sophie and Ayden discover that life is about being authentic and fitting in is overrated.

I really enjoyed Sophie’s Different. I was so excited to read a children’s book that talked about bullying. Bullying is a topic that cannot be talked about too much, and I love seeing it in literature so children can see firsthand how their actions can affect someone negatively, or learn positive ways to react if they are bullied. Hodges did a great job making his characters believable and having them act in ways I felt was natural to them as characters and natural to the story. Readers are just going to fall in love with Sophie!