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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!