Would I Read This Book If I’d Never Heard of Me? by Tonya Duncan Ellis – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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If I’d never heard of me would I read my book?

Most definitely! Bullying is a hot topic, so the subject matter of the book would grab me immediately. This would be a book that I could discuss with my child that might open the door to issues they may be dealing with at school. The book cover and the inside illustrations are super-cute and make it appear even more engaging and exciting.

Finally, I might check out some of the book’s reviews:



5.0 out of 5 stars I love Sophie Washington!

October 30, 2017

Format: Paperback

I love Sophie Washington! Her chapter book has just the right balance of real life and excitement that will appeal to early readers. More important, this story shares a vital message: even if it is unpopular to “snitch,” everyone needs to stand up to bullies and tell the truth. I enjoyed how the author weaves in Sophie’s relationship with her little brother and how she grows through this relationship as well. Sophie is a believable character with foibles just like all of us, and her experiences will delight kids from first to fifth grade.


(Four stars) Laurie

I believe that children who are Sophie’s age would understand her reasoning. Being a relatable children’s author requires understanding what children feel, believe, and how they behave. The author here does an excellent job of showing Sophie’s childlike decision-making. The illustrations are adorable and advance the story.

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Story and Wonderful Preteen Relationships

By John Hope on November 8, 2017

Format: Paperback

Sophie Washington: The Snitch is a fun slice of life of preteen life. The author perfectly jumps into the head of Sophie from the first sentence, taking the reader on the rollercoaster ride of surviving the fifth grade with school and sibling pressures, but most of all a bully to contend. Sophie’s friendships are so real and endearing, they’re remind me of my friends at that age. Her warmest relationship is with her little brother, who has troubles of his own and loves his big sister, praying for her at her darkest moments. The book’s ending is as expected but still very satisfying and provides a great take away for kids reading this. There’s no doubt kids would love this book. I highly recommend it.

The book’s great presentation and positive reviews would show me that others have enjoyed Sophie Washington: The Snitch and convince me that I would too.

There’s nothing worse than being a tattletale…

That’s what 10-year-old Sophie Washington thinks until she runs into Lanie Mitchell, a new girl at school. Lanie pushes Sophie and her friends around at their lockers, and even takes their lunch money. If they tell, they are scared the other kids in their class will call them snitches, and won’t be their friends. And when you’re in the fifth grade, nothing seems worse than that.

Excitement at home keeps Sophie’s mind off the trouble with Lanie. She takes a fishing trip to the Gulf of Mexico with her parents and little brother, Cole, and discovers a mysterious creature in the attic above her room. For a while, Sophie is able to keep her parents from knowing what is going on at school. But Lanie’s bullying goes too far, and a classmate gets seriously hurt. Sophie needs to make a decision. Should she stand up to the bully, or become a snitch?

Enjoy an Excerpt

I’ve got a secret. Want to hear it?

Secrets are usually nice. Like when my dad surprised me with a new goldfish last year. Or the time Grandma Washington unexpectedly visited us in Houston from her house in Corpus Christi.

I used to love secrets. But this one’s not so great.

No one knows it, except my best friend Chloe. It’s her secret, too. We don’t talk about it, ‘cause if we do people won’t like us. And in the fifth grade being liked is as important as having a fun birthday party, or staying up as late as possible, or…Christmas.

For now, I’m not telling. Chloe’s not either.

“Hey Sophie, wait up!” Chloe yells as I make my way down the hall to our first period math class. “How was your weekend?”

“The same old, same old,” I reply, hoisting my math book and binder up in my arms. “Cole whined about having nothing to do, so Mom and Dad took us to the zoo and then out for ice cream. On Sunday I caught up on all my homework after church.”

Cole is my seven-year-old brother. My mom thinks he’s an angel, but I think he was sent here to drive me crazy. Just this morning at breakfast, for example, he pulled my ponytail while she wasn’t looking, and then started crying loudly after I whacked him with an empty Cheerios box. Of course, I’m the one who got in trouble. My dad is nicer to Cole than he deserves, but I think he’s figured out his game a little bit better than Mom.

“Nothing much exciting happened at our house, either,” says Chloe, “but I did get this cute new purse.” Chloe is what you’d call a Fashionista. I admire the pretty, powder blue bag and notice the red, glittery, slide-on shoes she wears on her feet. She always manages to make our boring, private school uniforms look stylish.

“That’s nice,” I say.

As we near the classroom I see someone in the shadows and my heart starts to beat fast.

“Just great,” I mutter.

Lanie Mitchell, the class bully, heads our way from the opposite direction.

She sees us, grins, and blocks our path. Most of our classmates are 10, like me, but Lanie is already 12 years old. She’s the second tallest girl in 5B, behind Chloe, and a little bit on the chubby side.

About the Author: Tonya Ellis remembers hiding in the restroom from a few bullies during her elementary school days. She encourages kids to speak out if they are being mistreated. She knew she wanted to become a writer after an article she wrote was published in her hometown newspaper. Since then, Tonya has worked as a journalist, written for newspapers and magazines and won awards for her books. When she’s not busy writing, she enjoys reading, biking with her husband and two sons and daughter, and travelling to interesting places. SOPHIE WASHINGTON: The Snitch is the second book in a series about Sophie and her friends.

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  1. Nikolina Vukelic says:

    I was really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Lisa Brown says:

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  4. Congratulations on your book! Those are some great reviews for it.

  5. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    I just loved your excerpt and I would love to read your book.

  6. I have enjoyed the tour, thank you.

  7. Happy Friday, thanks for the great tour! 🙂

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