Something Girl

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Soundings
  • Themes:child abuse, friendship, inner strength, abuse, abusive parent
  • Available:04/01/2005
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Reading Level:2.8
  • Lexile:HL650L
  • ATOS:3.6
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z
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Sophie is in a lot of trouble. She is on probation for stealing and is doing poorly at school. Her mom doesn't really talk to her, and the other adults in her life are pressuring Sophie to talk about her bruises. Sophie worries that if she tells, she will be sent to live in a group home. Her friend Jujube is the only person who knows the truth, and now Jujube, too, wants Sophie to speak up.
"At times difficult to read, Goobie creates a dark and moving narrative. The ending offers hope for Sophie and her mother."
Something Girl is so compelling that this reader couldn’t put it down until finished. Highly Recommended.”
– CM Magazine
"The ending is happy yet bittersweet. The novel deals with mature themes in a quick and easy-to-read manner."
– School Library Journal
"Those in the series' target audience will be rewarded with a condensed, strangled gulp of a novel, one capable of cojuring both wrenching suspense and the 'soft peace' of hope."
– Booklist
"Children need to see titles such as these in library collections, because some of them may be living an existence close to this work of fiction...Highly recommended."
– Hip Librarian's Book Blog
"This is a well written story about the struggles a young girl goes through dealing with an abusive and controlling fater. Written from Sophie's point of view, the author has done a masterful job of letting the reader into Sophie's thinking."
– Resource Links
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Quick Picks   | 2006  |  Commended
Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) Our Choice, starred selection   | 2006  |  Commended
Stellar Book Award   | 2007  |  Nominated

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