Hayley Long Sophie Someone

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Sophie Someone

 
9781471405440: Sophie Someone

Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award.'Some stories are hard to tell. Even to your very best friend. And some words are hard to get out of your mouth. Because they spell out secrets that are too huge to be spoken out loud. But if you bottle them up, you might burst. So here's my story. Told the only way I dare tell it.'Sophie Nieuwenleven is sort of English and sort of Belgian. Sophie and her family came to live in Belgium when she was only four or five years old, but she's fourteen now and has never been quite sure why they left England in the first place. Then, one day, Sophie makes a startling discovery. Finally Sophie can unlock the mystery of who she really is. This is a story about identity and confusion - and feeling so utterly freaked out that you just can't put it into words. But it's also about hope. And the belief that, somehow, everything will work out OK.Sophie Someone is a tale of well-intentioned but stupid parenting, shock, acceptance and, ultimately, forgiveness, written in a brave, memorable and unique language all of its own.

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Hayley Long began writing teen fiction while working as an English teacher in Cardiff. Her first teen novel, Lottie Biggs is Not Mad, was awarded the White Raven label for outstanding children's literature by the International Youth Library. Since then her fingers haven't stopped typing. Hayley has been a winner of the Essex Book Award, and shortlisted for the Costa Book Award - twice! Hayley has also enjoyed the razzle-dazzle of being a Queen of Teen nominee. Hayley has now published two books with Hot Key, SOPHIE SOMEONE and her first non-fiction title, BEING A GIRL in 2014. Follow Hayley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HayleyLongAuthor

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Sophie and her circle of family and friends are sympathetic and appealing in all their flawed humanity. Her peculiar way of speech soon reads as clearly as plain English and perfectly mirrors her internal turmoil as she navigates her parents' shift from just mambo and don to people with a past she never imagined—which, to some extent, is a transformation every young person will understand. A creative and memorable story about secrets, lies, and moving on.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Long weaves an inventively written and entrancing story filled with good intentions, poor decisions, meaningful friendships, and complicated but loving family relationships. It takes something of a leap of faith on the reader's part, as Sophie's peculiar writing style seems somewhat nonsensical at first glance; however, those who persevere will quickly understand her true meanings. The result is an original narrative that zigs and zags in inspired ways, with a sympathetic heroine leading the way.
—Booklist (starred review)

Long (Being a Girl) creates intrigue as she plays with themes of language and communication...Readers who embrace Sophie's eccentric narrative will be rewarded with revelations about the cost of deceit and the healing power of honesty.
—Publishers Weekly

Sophie's a brilliant main character, able to spot her own weaknesses with the same honesty that she does those of others...Creative teens may happily try their own hand at telling autobiographies using a similar linguistic approach.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

The plot moves quickly, though, and once they get used to Sophie's "code speak," even reluctant readers will find it satisfying. Teens will relate to Sophie's challenges as she struggles to learn who she really is. For readers who have graduated from Roald Dahl's Matilda and Susan Patron's The Higher Power of Lucky, this charming title will be a fast favorite.
—School Library Journal

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