Stephanie Green
Happy Birthday, Sophie Hartley
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Happy Birthday, Sophie Hartley
Clarion Books, 2010
Hardcover ISBN 978-0547550183
Paperback ISBN 978-0547550251
Sophie Hartley is almost sure that her dad said okay when she asked for a baby gorilla for her birthday. Soon the kids at school want to know every detail about the gorilla, and dealing with her enthusiastic classmates gets harder as the big day approaches. When teenage sister Nora leaves their shared bedroom for her own space in the attic, and close friend Jenna shows signs of becoming a shrieker, Sophie finds it hard to remain optimistic. Maybe painting her windowsills purple will help. And maybe she’ll get the perfect present! Funny and believable, the story of a big birthday will please old and new Sophie fans.
Junior Library Guild selection
“Readers with siblings are sure to identify with Sophie and her siblings bickering and jockeying for attention. This title stands alone but will be celebrated by those following the protagonist's earlier trials and tribulations. Fans of Clementine, Judy Moody, and Ramona will also want to unwrap this gem of a story and savor the delicious conclusion.”
“The author keeps the dilemmas light and funny with pacing that reaches a touching crescendo on Sophie's big day. No matter what, faithful good friends and a sweetly accepting family result in a warm, fuzzy ending. Girls undergoing the same growing-up trials will be happy to have Sophie make them laugh.”
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