Sophie Simon Solves Them All

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For a third grader, Sophie Simon is one smart cookie. She enjoys teaching herself advanced calculus and has performed successful heart surgery on an earthworm. She’s also very clever when it comes to dealing with her clueless parents. But Sophie is no genius when it comes to calculating the high value of friendship—until, that is, she has to use her incredible IQ to help out some classmates with their own parental troubles.

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Overview

For a third grader, Sophie Simon is one smart cookie. She enjoys teaching herself advanced calculus and has performed successful heart surgery on an earthworm. She’s also very clever when it comes to dealing with her clueless parents. But Sophie is no genius when it comes to calculating the high value of friendship—until, that is, she has to use her incredible IQ to help out some classmates with their own parental troubles.

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“This reading romp has plenty of kid appeal.” Kirkus Reviews

“Sophisticated touches in the vocabulary . . . make the book particularly suited to young Sophie-type overachievers looking for a quick read, but kids of all stripes will recognize the frustration of dealing with parents who think you’re someone you’re not and admire the quick shuffle that gets all the beleaguered youngsters what they want.” BCCB

“Lively and humorous . . . The reading level is perfect for those who have already transitioned to easy chapter books but want a higher vocabulary and plot complexity.” School Library Journal

“A fresh, funny chapter book for young readers.” Booklist

“Sophie’s serious tone amidst all the drama makes this an unexpected page-turner. . . . A delightful read-aloud as well.” Horn Book Magazine

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Sophie Simon is a genius with parents who misunderstand her. At the age of four she could transform a toaster into a radio; when she was seven, she performed open heart surgery on an earthworm. Mr. and Mrs. Simon felt that Sophie may be growing up too fast for her own good based on what they picked up from the child expert, Doctor Wanda. They want Sophie to have friends and fun. The Simons are further dismayed when they find a calculus textbook that Sophie has been studying, plus she wants a Pembo Q-60, a graphing calculator. She is only in third grade! Sophie orchestrates a plan to buy the calculator; the plan involves helping out her classmates who have problems of their own. The story has a few interesting twists and turns. Readers may sympathize with Sophie as she deals with parents who do not understand her intellectual interests. There are a few illustrations including a who's who in the story, which is in the front portion of the book. At the back of the book is a description of certain terms (such as reverse psychology, sit-in, and flan) that are mentioned in the book. Some readers may like to try out the recipe for taffy which is included in the book. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 3–4—Sophie Simon is the smartest girl in third grade, and perhaps in the world. Her parents are worried because she refuses to make friends at school—she would rather have her nose in a book. She is fascinated by calculus and would do anything to own a graphing calculator. After being caught reading Principles of Civil Disobedience during math, her teacher, Mr. St. Cupid, asks her about the book in front of the class. From this point on, Sophie's classmates look to her for advice. Sophie's problem is not having the calculator, so she asks them to pay her to solve their problems. She agrees to assist Daisy with a sit-in during a ballet recital she doesn't want to participate in, gets Julia a newspaper assignment so she won't have to drop out of the journalism club, and helps Owen to get a pet by using reverse psychology on his mom. Through a series of lively and humorous events, Sophie ends up with something she hadn't counted on—friends. The reading level is perfect for those who have already transitioned to easy chapter books but want a higher vocabulary and plot complexity. The story concludes with "Sophie Simon's Encyclopedia of Things She Can't Believe You Don't Know Already," which is a glossary of terms and phrases used in the book. Black-and-white illustrations are scattered throughout.—Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews

Wishes come true when third-grade genius Sophie Simon applies her intellectual skills to her classmates' problems with their parents' expectations and solves a problem of her own. Sophie wants a graphing calculator, Owen Luu wants a rabbit, Julia McGreevy wants to be a journalist and Daisy Pete (and everyone else in her ballet class) wants to avoid the ballet recital. Sophie's parents just want her to be a normal kid, with friends. Everyone ends up happy in this middle-grade spoof. Exaggerations abound: Their teacher's long list of rules includes "No thinking," the ballet teacher threatens to chop off toes and Sophie's parents are distraught that she has visited the library. Sophie is brilliant, reading a calculus text for fun. Daisy is clumsy, Julia math-averse and Owen frightened of nearly everything. A ring-tailed lemur wreaks havoc at Owen's birthday, and the ballet recital becomes a sit-in. An "encyclopedia" at the end explains allusions, and there's a recipe for saltwater taffy. This reading romp has plenty of kid appeal. Final art not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250028983
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 119,333
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Graff grew up in a small town in California and received an MFA in writing for children from the New School in New York City. She lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    To the review " dont read this"

    How do u know its not good? It may be the best book youve ever read, but you'll never know until u try. Dont judge a book by its cover.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Yed

    Its a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    I AGREE!!!!!

    Dont judge its book by its cover !!!!!!!!!!!!
    OKAY,.............OKAY, YOU DO EVEN KNOW IF THE BOOK IS BAD?YOU HAVENT EVEN READ IT!!!!!! I HAVENT READ THE BOOK EITHER

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    A good book to read as a family

    One of the better books on the battle of the books list this year. At least most of the material is age appropriate (9-10) and the families aren't portrayed as disfunctional or abusive. A few good life lessons and an overall good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Don't read this

    Hey guys I haven't read this book but it sounds awfully boring.

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