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"Girls undergoing the same growing-up trials will be happy to have Sophie make them laugh."--Kirkus Reviews

"A lively chapter book full of humor, believable family dynamics, and characters who think and talk like real people. . . . Greene explores her themes of identity, ambivalence about growing up, and friendship with an unusual naturalness and depth, yet the themes never trump story or character."--The Horn Book, starred review

"[Readers will] want to unwrap this gem of a story and savor the delicious conclusions."--School Library Journal

About the Author

Stephanie Greene is the author of many books for young readers, including the popular Owen Foote books. Ms. Greene lives in Chapel Hill, N.C. Her website is www.stephaniegreenebooks.com.

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Sophie Has a Wonderful Birthday! Sept. 30 2010
By Bettie Corbin Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This delightful, age-appropriate book for pre-teens will entertain and captivate its young readers. It shows a typical family setting with sibling differences and some financial problems. Sophie who is going to turn ten, asks her father for a rather unusual present when he is watching a ball game and paying very little attention. He agrees without realizing what he has promised. Sophie and her two best friends come across as real, and their conversations reflect the thoughts of girls this age--from boys to bras.

There is some adjusting that takes place when Sophie's older sister moves to the attic, giving Sophie a room all to herself. But, of course, Sophie plans to share it with her promised birthday present. Although, the present isn't the one she expects, her birthday turns out to be wonderful with all family members contributing....and her friends, too. A truly enjoyable, wholesome story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Charming MG fiction Aug. 28 2011
By Madigan McGillicuddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a charming middle-grade novel where readers are treated to a sneak-peek of Sophie's family, school and friends. I loved all the little details about Sophie's family, who obviously have a lot of warm feeling for each other. As the youngest child Sophie is always feeling a bit left out. She's crushed when her older teen sister Nora moves out of their shared artistic messy room into a tidy attic room of her own. For her tenth birthday, Sophie doesn't want much... just a cute baby gorilla. Once she promises her classmates that getting a gorilla is a certainty, there's no end to the teasing she gets. She's worried about how on earth she'll make good on her word, until she saves face when her mom reminds everyone that gorillas are endangered, and therefore, impossible to keep as pets. Greene does a marvelous job of illuminating the inner-life of a child and everything Sophie thinks and says definitely rings true.

This story reminded me a lot of Alice's Birthday Pig by Tim Kennemore, about a similarly sweet and delightful family. Happy Birthday, Sophie Hartley is the latest in a series about the irrepressible Sophie, but readers need not have read the earlier volumes to make sense of this one. I'll recommend this book to readers looking for something finer and more gentle than Junie B. Jones, and something just a hair easier than the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary.
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A fine easy reader Aug. 17 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Happy Birthday, Sophie Hartley tells of Sophie's forthcoming birthday. Sophie has specific ideas on what she should get for her birthday - but which one would be the perfect birthday gift? The one she bragged to her friends about, the one her mom doesn't know is coming, or the one she's really wanted? A fine easy reader covers Sophie's choices.
Interesting Themes and Characters Nov. 18 2013
By Sunayna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Sophie is excited about her tenth birthday. She even wants a baby gorilla as a gift. This book is about friendship and family. Sophie's parents don't even want a pet, something very common in a lot of families. I loved the characters, especially Sophie. She was funny at times. This book would probably be best for the 8 to 10 crowd due to its simple writing. I still had fun reading it, though.