BOOK REVIEW: SOPHIE WASHINGTON: THE SNITCH
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinons are my own.
DETAILS: 106 pages \ recommended for ages 8-12 \ published 2018
SYNOPSIS: Should Sophie Stand Up to the School Bully or Become a Snitch? There's nothing worse than being a tattletale... That's what 10-year-old Sophie Washington thinks until she runs into Lanie Mitchell, a new girl at school. Lanie pushes Sophie and her friends around at their lockers, and even takes their lunch money in this entertaining, illustrated, chapter book for middle grade readers. If they tell, they are scared the other kids in their class will call them snitches and won't be their friends. And when you're in the fifth grade, nothing seems worse than that. Then a classmate gets seriously injured and Sophie needs to make a decision: fight back, or snitch?
REVIEW: Life unfolds for Sophie at home and at school. At home, Sophie lives with her mom, dad, and brother. At school, Sophie and her friends are having daily run-ins with Lanie, the school bully. Sophie and her friends try their best to keep this secret from everyone because they don't want to be known as a tattletale, but then...someone gets hurt. Not only has Sophie and friends had enough, but most of their classmates. A plan is put in motion to stop Lanie and valuable lesson is learned in the process when things don't quite go as planned.
"If you know about bullying but don't report it, then you are part of the problem, Mr. Jenkins explained."
Sophie Washington: The Snitch is the second book in this 8 book series.
Great story for elementary and even middle grade and highschool. I would also recommend this book as a bully prevention curriculum.
19 black and white illustrations that kids would enjoy coloring. Brief chapters, 3-5 pages per chapter.
THEMES: Family, friendship, bullying, peer pressure, problem-solving.
LESSON: Trust and communication are key in this story as it is in life.
Here are a few questions that can be asked after reading the book
1. What do you think caused Lanie to bully other people?
2. What would you have done after a peer was seriously injured because of a bully?
3. If you and your peers formed a plan to stop a bully, what would this look like?
4. If you could change anything in the book, what would it be?
5. Is there someone in your life that you can trust with your secrets? You don't have to name them, just keep them in mind.