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The star of Queen Sophie Hartley (Clarion, 2005) returns in another winning story. Fed up with her kids arguing over their weekly chores, Mrs. Hartley devises a job chart for them. Sophie, now nine, finds the situation unfair-older brother Thad figures ways around his duties, little John only has "fun" tasks, and baby Maura has no jobs at all-so she and her older sister Nora do most of the work. While her friends spend Saturday afternoons together, miserable Sophie is stuck home cleaning, and she finally reaches her breaking point. Following the example of their father who went on strike from work, she and Nora go on strike from their chores. Things quickly backfire, with smelly garbage and dirt threatening to take over the household, and Sophie must learn about negotiating her demands while attempting to solve her family's dilemma. Readers will empathize with this spunky youngster and her true-to-life problems. Well-developed characters, smooth dialogue, and a satisfying ending will leave them eager to read more of Sophie's escapades.
—Michele ShawCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"Fans of Cleary, Hurwitz, and the Judy Moody series will enjoy this snapshot of real family life." Horn Book
"Well-developed characters, smooth dialogue, and a satisfying ending will leave [readers] eager to read more of Sophie's escapades." School Library Journal
"Greene delivers with humor, sharp dialogue, and a family dynamic that remains both loving and real." Booklist, ALA
"[An] entertaining portrayal of domestic unrest." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This solidly middle-class family will remind many of the Quimbys." Horn Book Guide, Pointer