Sophie Washington: Hurricane by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Sophie Washington: Hurricane by Tonya Duncan Ellis
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Length: Short (104 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Rose

#Sophie Strong

A hurricane’s coming, and eleven-year-old Sophie Washington’s typical middle school life in the Houston, Texas suburbs is about to make a major change. One day she’s teasing her little brother, Cole, dodging classmate Nathan Jones’ wayward science lab frog and complaining about “braggamuffin” cheerleader Valentina Martinez, and the next, she and her family are fleeing for their lives to avoid dangerous flood waters. Finding a place to stay isn’t easy during the disaster, and the Washington’s get some surprise visitors when they finally do locate shelter. To add to the trouble, three members of the Washington family go missing during the storm, and new friends lose their home. In the middle of it all, Sophie learns to be grateful for what she has and that she is stronger than she ever imagined.
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Tonya Duncan Ellis has written a series of books about 6th grader Sophie Washington, who is very well-drawn and true to life. The characters in this book are not perfect and are not stereotypes. They have their flaws and their foibles, which makes them very relatable.

The author describes the fear that Sophie and her family feel as they deal with living through a hurricane, and does it so well I could remember the hurricanes I have lived through. The quick decisions that have to be made. The not knowing what will happen.

Interspersed with this, Sophie learns a valuable lesson about judging and first impressions as she is forced to spend time with a classmate she really doesn’t like (and, quite frankly, is a bit jealous of–true to the nature of 6th graders and their friends).

This is a quick read at just over 100 pages and would be perfect for girls in the 4th – 8th grades (and some boys might like it as well).

Good job, Ms. Ellis.


  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Thanks for featuring me on you blog and for taking time to review my book! 🙂

  3. Sounds like a good book.

  4. Loved the excerpt, I love coming of age stories.

  5. Bernie Wallace says

    Who is your favorite literary charachter? Congrats on the release.

    • Thanks Bernie! That’s a tough question because I read constantly and like so many books and characters. I guess I’d say Harry Potter is one of my favorites. He may be on my mind because yesterday was his birthday!

  6. Thanks for sharing!

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