Sophie Washington - Middle Grade Short Series

 Sophie Washington Book Series

By: Tonya Duncan Ellis

Tonya Duncan Ellis loves to travel and has visited 49 American states, 20 countries, and three continents, but some of her best journeys have been between the pages of a novel. As a girl she could always be found with a book in her hand, and reading is still one of her favorite hobbies. When she's not reading or writing, the author likes to ride her bike, swim, and spend time with her husband and three children. She lives in Houston, TX.


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Sophie Washington is a book series all about Sophie and the things she goes through as a typical 5th grade student. Sophie Washington My BFF is the 10th installment in this wonderful series. 

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An entertaining series that celebrates friendship, diversity, and anti-racism, these engaging, illustrated, middle grade chapter books are a great addition to classroom and homeschool libraries and delight fans of Ramona Quimby, Ivy and Bean, Jada Jones, Judy Moody, and Junie B. Jones.


"The story covers some important moral subjects such as honesty, kindness, and self-confidence. I thought the story also tackled the subject of isolating others and the hugely important topic of social media bullying very well." - Readers' Favorite

Other Sophie Washington titles include Queen of the BeeThe SnitchThings You Didn’t Know About SophieThe GamerHurricaneMission Costa RicaSecret SantaCode One, and Mismatch.

Tonya's response in writing My BFF: How far should you go to keep a friendship? 

I asked myself this question for weeks before sitting down to write SOPHIE WASHINGTON: MY BFF. Throughout my Sophie Washington chapter book series for kids ages 8-12, main character, Sophie, and her longtime friend, Chloe, have been extremely close. What could happen to change that? 

Making and keeping friends is very important to kids during the tween years. Throw in social media and cyberbullying, and things get much more complicated than they were for prior generations.

I had a great time exploring these and other issues in SOPHIE WASHINGTON: MY BFF. I hope that the book both entertains and offers talking points for readers and their parents. 

Teacher Review: 

I get asked often what would be great series for readers who are reading above level in 3rd/4th as well as in 5th. Sophie Washington is the best friend protagonist we all need in our life. Every single thing that Sophie experiences are relatable to students in these middle grade classrooms. These stories would also be AMAZING read alouds for 1st-3rd grade! It prepares children to deal with the world and how cruel others could be. This particular book in the series helps kids to understand how hard friendships can truly be, and how sometimes if it's too much work to keep the friend, they may not have been your friend at all. Or if they are your friend, they're going to be worth fighting for. A lot of it is up for discussion with students and how they handle those situations. 

I highly recommend this series to elementary teachers! Head to the links to buy the whole series. 

Here is book 1: 
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