Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Ten-year-old Sophie’s life in Houston is full of adventures, such as encountering wild hogs in her yard and watching Mutton Bustin’ at the Houston Rodeo, and she already has plenty of schoolwork. So she has no interest in the school spelling bee—until her classmate, Know-It-All Nathan, claims he’ll win the competition in Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee by author Tonya Duncan Ellis.
This middle grade series has been on my radar for some time, largely because of the wonderful illustrations of Sophie and her peers on the book covers. This easy read packs in a good bundle of events, some true-to-life issues, as well as humor that got a few chuckles out of me.
And, of course, the story does not neglect to mention the inspiring family flick Akeelah and the Bee!
However, technical polish is especially important in children’s books, where the target audience is still getting a grasp on proper grammar and punctuation. I ran into a moderate number of errors in this book, including where the dialogue is concerned, and while the story is narrated in present tense, the narration slips into past tense at times when it shouldn’t.
Even so, I appreciate the diversity and positive moments, and I’m interested in what Sophie’s ongoing story may have in store. I plan to check out at least a couple more books in the series.