Loving her international school and friends in Belgium despite questions about why her family moved away from England when she was little, 14-year-old Sophie makes a startling discovery about her identity and her family that throws into question everything she believed about trust, choices and forgiveness. By the award-winning author of What's Up With Jody Barton? - (Baker & Taylor)
Fourteen-year-old Sophie makes a startling discovery about her identity and family after questions about why her family suddenly moved to Belgium arise. - (Baker & Taylor)
What if you found out your life has been threaded with secrets — ones that rocked you to your core? An affecting page-turner written in a brave, memorable language all its own.
Some words are hard to get out of your mouth. Because they spell out secrets that are too huge to be spoken out loud. But if you bottle them up, you might burst. So here's my story. Told the only way I dare tell it.
Sophie Nieuwenleven is sort of English and sort of Belgian. She and her family came to live in Belgium when she was only four or five, but she's fourteen now and has never been sure why they left England in the first place. She loves her international school, adores her friend Comet, and is protective of her little brother, Hercule. But it’s hard to feel carefree when her mom never leaves the apartment — ordering groceries online and blasting music in her room — and her dad has a dead-end job as a car mechanic. Then one day Sophie makes a startling discovery, a discovery that unlocks the mystery of who she really is. This is a novel about identity and confusion and about feeling so utterly freaked out that you can't put it into words. But it's also about hope. And trust. And the belief that, somehow, everything will be OK. Sophie Someone is a tale of good intentions, bad choices, and betrayal — and ultimately, a compelling story of forgiveness. - (Random House, Inc.)
*Starred Review* Sometimes it can be incredibly difficult to put something into words, particularly if the experience is traumatic. For 14-year-old Sophie, a recent discovery about her past sets her world reeling, and in an effort to make sense of it—and of who she is—she puts her pen to paper to tell her story in her own language. English-born Sophie and her parents moved to Brussels when she was five, which, according to her father, is where his family is from. But as the years pass, clues and memories surface that make Sophie begin to doubt her parents' story. When a school letter arrives asking for copies of Sophie's passport and birth certificate, her parents can't satisfactorily explain why they don't have them. Convinced that her parents are keeping a secret, Sophie starts digging for the truth, growing increasingly angry and confused the more she finds out. Long weaves an inventively written and entrancing story filled with good intentions, poor decisions, meaningful friendships, and complicated but loving family relationships. It takes something of a leap of faith on the reader's part, as Sophie's peculiar writing style seems somewhat nonsensical at first glance; however, those who persevere will quickly understand her true meanings. The result is an original narrative that zigs and zags in inspired ways, with a sympathetic heroine leading the way. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews
Idiosyncratic Sophie has murky memories of moving from England to Belgium, but only after turning fourteen does she question her parents' suspicious version of her early childhood. Their secret is ultimately less interesting than Sophie's fervent journey to uncover it, which she narrates using clever but unexplained word substitutions (e.g., "helix" for head, "mambo" for mom); readers will either find the device delightful or aggravating. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 6 Up—Sophie, who has grown up in Brussels, Belgium, has vague memories of leaving England as a small child with her mother. As she grows older, it becomes more apparent that her parents haven't been exactly truthful about their past. When she is 14, Sophie makes an alarming discovery, and her world is thrown out of orbit; she must piece together her identity from what she knows and doesn't know about herself and her family. Can she gather enough information to find out who she really is? Long presents a delightfully unique voice in this dazzling, entertaining novel that deals with identity, family, and friendship. Some teens will be challenged by a cryptic narrative style filled with wordplay. Long also creatively manipulates text, playing with font size, spacing, and form in unusual and engaging ways. The plot moves quickly, though, and once they get used to Sophie's "code speak," even reluctant readers will find it satisfying. Teens will relate to Sophie's challenges as she struggles to learn who she really is.
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