Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee

Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee

by Tonya Duncan Ellis


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This entertaining, illustrated, middle grade chapter book is the series opener.

Sign up for the spelling bee? No way!

If there's one thing 10-year-old Texan Sophie Washington is good at, it's spelling. She's earned straight 100s on all her spelling tests to prove it. Her parents want her to compete in the Xavier Academy spelling bee, but Sophie wishes they would buzz off. That's until her irritating classmate, Nathan Jones, challenges her. There's no way she can let Mr. Know-It-All win. Studying is hard when you have a pesky younger brother and a busy social calendar.Can Sophie ignore the distractions and become Queen of the Bee?

Here's what Goodreads reviewers say about Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee:

  • "Another great Sophie Washington book. Super cute. My 11-year-old loves these books."
  • "As someone with a 10-year niece who is in fifth grade like Sophie, I believe that she would love this book and the rest of the Sophie Washington series by Tonya Duncan Ellis."
  • "This series will go far. The story is down to earth, realistic and easy to read."

This is the first book in the Readers' Favorite five star rated Sophie Washington book series that includes:

  1. Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee (Book 1)
  2. Sophie Washington: The Snitch (Book 2)
  3. Sophie Washington: Things You Didn't Know About Sophie (Book 3)
  4. Sophie Washington: The Gamer (Book 4)
  5. Sophie Washington: Hurricane (Book 5)
  6. Sophie Washington: Mission Costa Rica (Book 6)

Kids Ages 8-12

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732706002
Publisher: Page Turner Publishing
Publication date: 08/17/2018
Series: Sophie Washington , #1
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 194,979
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Tonya Duncan Ellis is the author of the award winning, Readers' Favorite "Five Star" rated, Sophie Washington children's books series, geared toward readers ages 8 to 12, and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She has received awards for literary excellence, worked as a journalist and freelance magazine writer, and is a graduate of Centre College of Kentucky and Washington University in St. Louis.

The Sophie Washington book series recounts the adventures of a precocious African American preteen from Houston, TX and her diverse group of friends. Each funny and heartwarming story teaches lessons about friendship, responsibility, truthfulness and perseverance. Books in the series include Queen of the Bee, The Snitch, Things You Didn't Know About Sophie, The Gamer, Hurricane, and Mission: Costa Rica.

Tonya loves to travel and has visited 49 American states and three continents, but some of her best journeys have been between the pages of a novel. As a girl she could always be found with a book in her hand, and reading is still one of her favorite hobbies. When she's not reading or writing, the author likes to ride her bike, swim, and spend time with her husband and three children. She lives in Houston, Texas.

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Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dizneyfreek More than 1 year ago
Disappointed! MAYBE a seven year old would think this is good but older than that, the characters/dialog/story-line is lame. Fine, she wants to win the spelling bee and her competition is a twit.
Holly More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the best books for young kids that I have read so far this year! You have this spunky little 10 year old Texan, Sophie who does well in school but has her parents wanting her to do better. That's when this spelling bee pops up and a rival named Nathan who will push Sophie to be the best at the bee. But with a pesky younger brother and learning what Nathan is really about, nothing about this competition is going to be easy for Sophie! I had this book read in about 30 minutes or so and totally loved what this series and this book is all about. Having certain scenes with Texas wildlife just made this book feel even more Texas like, you can't go wrong with that! It did make me wonder what is to come next for Sophie and Nathan in this series, I guess I just have to read them to find out!! Thank You to Tonya Duncan Ellis for this awesome start to this great series about a young Texan girl!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Author!
Juliapicks1 More than 1 year ago
I am so excited to have discovered this book! Tonya Duncan Ellis has written a delightfully engaging book about a fourth grader named Sophie. It is written for ages 7-11. Sophie is an African American 10 year old who lives with her parents and her brother in a small town outside of Houston Texas. She attends a private school, but isn’t very thrilled with the uniforms she has to wear. Her best friend Chloe is in her class which makes it all ok. Sophie has to participate in the school’s first spelling bee, which starts off good, but then this nerdy kid Nathan begins to start teasing her that she has no chance of winning because he is going to win. Sophie is not having any of that! Just watch, she knows how to study, she can win! I hope this book ends up in every school library!
Allykitten More than 1 year ago
This book was such a fun, exciting, happy, suspenseful, enjoyable read! This book mostly revolves around the main character, Sophie Washington, and her family. Sophie is a smart, funny, 10-year-old, fifth grader who gets straight A’s, wants to have fun, ride her bike, and play with her friends. Since Sophie is an excellent speller, her parents strongly urge her to sign up for the spelling bee. However, Sophie wants nothing to do with it. Well, that is until her annoying classmate Nathan Jones, aka Mr. Know-It-All, challenges her. Now the game is on and Sophie is determined to study hard, because she is not going to let that pesky Mr. Know-It-All actually win. However, Sophie’s busy family life, irritating little brother, and crazy schedule seem to keep getting in the way of her studying. Will these distractions keep her from learning the words to win or will she be able to come out on top and be the next spelling bee champion aka the Queen of the Bee? I loved the main character, Sophie Washington. She sets a wonderful, positive role model for girls. At a time when young girls are carefully watching and following the lead of their role models it is important that we are providing them with ones that are not only realistic, but also ones that demonstrate confidence and leadership skills. I really liked that this book had so many underlying messages. For example, this book focused on hard work, respect, determination, positive attitudes, self-improvement, confidence, appreciation, overcoming obstacles, being a team player, and so much more. I really liked the family dynamic of the book. I enjoyed seeing how Sophie’s family meshed together. Her family wasn’t perfect, but they were fun, corky, silly, crazy, and, well, typical. I loved that the author used so many Houston and Texas references throughout the book since the book does take place in the Houston Suburbs. I have been to Houston many times, and I have lived in several parts of Texas before. So, I really enjoy when I read a book from there that the real Texas is found in the pages – and it sure was! The author did a great job listing things like restaurants, local spots, culture references, and even the rodeo! You definitely know you’re in Texas lol! I think the best part of this book being for middle graders, is that it’s a fun, cool, intriguing, suspenseful book for them! It’s not a dumbed down kid’s book and it’s not a book that a parent can be worried that their kid is reading. It’s a book that a kid will want to read, won’t be embarrassed to read in front of their friends or their parents. It’s the right kind of a book a kid should be reading and the right kind of book their parent will be glad they are reading! This book is book one of the Sophie Washington Book Series. This book is “G” rated as there is no swearing, no violence, no adult situations, and no sexual content. I would absolutely recommend this recommend for middle graders as I think they would love this book and the Sophie Washington Book Series! This book is marketed towards middle grades and I totally agree! However, I might even go as far as to suggest this book for readers in third grade to seventh grade as they too would also easily enjoy this book and book series as well! **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
The challenges of being Sophie.... “Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee” by Tonya Duncan Ellis is an inspirational yet fun read about a ten-year-old girl dealing with normal things…a little brother who likes to tease, the desire for a pet, and teaching a know-it-all classmate a thing or two. I love kids’ books that encourage growth and education and I think this author did a great job of evoking realistic situations and emotions and portraying positive yet by no means perfect children. I like that there were consequences to behavior, including rewards for perseverance, and concrete support for difficult tasks such as learning long lists of words. It’s wonderful to see a nuclear family that works and plays together, parents who are supportive of their children, and a healthy sibling rivalry that doesn’t detract from the affection between Sophie and her brother. I enjoyed the suspense of the spelling bee (and remembered my own terror of public speaking in school) and I thought the illustrations were a delightful bonus and added to the entertainment. I think this book provides an intriguing glimpse of regional color—some of which was a little intimidating, lol—as well as a positive message and I look forward to seeing much more of Sophie Washington! A copy of this title was provided to me for review
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Queen of the Bee is a great addition to the Sophie Washington series. Sophie, with her family and friends, is so much fun and entertaining. This time, Sophie is talked into entering the school spelling bee and has a showdown with classmate, Nathan. I thought the Queen of the Bee was hilarious, with great lessons to be learned. Such a great and influential read for kids - young and old. A fabulous read for all. Highly recommended. 5+ stars I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100 percent my own honest opinion
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee is a novel for children, grades 4-6, written by Tonya Duncan Ellis. Sophie was definitely not interested in participating in Xavier Academy’s spelling bee. The ten-year-old hadn’t intended that her parents know about it, as she realized they’d want her to participate, but her little brother, Cole, couldn’t resist telling them. She and Cole loved each other, but, as siblings are often wont to do, they seemed to thrive on picking on each other, which would drive their parents crazy. Sophie often thought that Cole had it easier, didn’t have to wait as long as she did when she was his age. She felt that way when he got to participate in the Mutton Bustin’ at the rodeo, something she had always wanted to do but was now too old. And now she was going to have to spend the next month cramming lists of words because of him. Tonya Duncan Ellis’s novel for children, grades 4-6, Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee, is a well-written and entertaining story about a young girl who lives in a Houston suburb with her family. The spelling bee challenge teaches her about the possibilities that can happen when you work hard enough for something, and, along the way, she learns not to be intimidated by Nathan, the boy who seems to know everything. I laughed when the budding Cole the Magnificent got a rock stuck in his ear and marveled that finding wild boars on your front lawn or alligators in creeks in certain parts of Texas is not all that unusual an occurrence. Ellis’s presentation of the actual spelling bee nicely builds up the suspense as Sophie and the other participants compete for the title. Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee is a grand look at the preteen years, and Sophie Washington is a marvelous main character. This book is most highly recommended.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My children loved this book. It was funny and very charming, with a nice message and interesting descriptions of Texas life.