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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Sophie Washington: Hurricane by Tonya Duncan Ellis - Book Tour - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Tonya Duncan Ellis and her new book, “Sophie Washington: Hurricane”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

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Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Sophie Washington: Hurricane
by Tonya Duncan Ellis


GENRE: Children's



#Sophie Strong

A hurricane’s coming, and eleven-year-old Sophie Washington’s typical middle school life in the Houston, Texas suburbs is about to make a major change. One day she’s teasing her little brother, Cole, dodging classmate Nathan Jones’ wayward science lab frog and complaining about “braggamuffin” cheerleader Valentina Martinez, and the next, she and her family are fleeing for their lives to avoid dangerous flood waters. Finding a place to stay isn’t easy during the disaster, and the Washington’s get some surprise visitors when they finally do locate shelter. To add to the trouble, three members of the Washington family go missing during the storm, and new friends lose their home. In the middle of it all, Sophie learns to be grateful for what she has and that she is stronger than she ever imagined.



“Ahhhhhowwwww!!!” my little brother Cole’s screams combine with our dog Bertram’s howls, as a blinding light flashes near the backyard. The hair on my arms stands on end. We zoom to the kitchen race car fast.

“Mooom!” I call.

Thunder booms. I cover my ears to stop the ringing. My mother, wild-eyed, joins us.

“It’s lightning!” she cries, pulling Cole and me in for a group hug; Bertram shivers in the middle.

Outside, rain pounds down in sheets. The power cuts off.

“Great,” says mom, as she stumbles through the blackness to the pantry to find candles and a lighter.

For about three minutes, we huddle together quietly in the dimly lit room.

“What do we do now?” Cole breaks the silence.

He edges way too close to me, and I have the urge to shove him off like I usually do, but I feel sorry for my little brother because if I’m scared, I’m sure he’s terrified.


“Ewwwww! You are so nasty, Cole!” Now I do push my little brother back. Leave it to him break wind at a time like this.

“Excuse me,” he says.

My mother starts giggling.
“I can’t believe you’re laughing, Mom!” Pinching my nose, at the sulfurous odor I stamp my feet.

The lights flick back on, and I squinch. Bertram barks and wags his tail happily.

I exhale, then sharply breathe back in a few seconds later, when we hear a clatter coming from the garage.

 “Wait here, kids,” our mother cautiously moves toward the door that leads outside.

“Be careful,” I warn.



Another top-notch read from The Sophie Washington Book Series!

This is the third book I’ve read in The Sophie Washington Book Series, and this is the fourth book in the series that I’ve featured on my blog!  So yes, I was more than thrilled to read and review this book – and it did not disappoint!

This book follows Sophie, now eleven, and her family in the beautiful suburbs of Houston, Texas.  This book focuses mostly on Sophie’s family, friends, classmates, and trying to avoid a scary and dangerous hurricane!

We moved a lot when I was kid, but never to a state that had hurricanes.  So, I wasn’t very familiar with the ins and outs of hurricanes from a kid’s perspective.  However, I am very familiar with earthquakes and tornados.  There was this one particular time in Aurora, Colorado, where a tornado had touched down just a couple blocks away from our apartment.  I remember hearing the loud sirens screeching outside.  I was nine-years-old and home alone.  My mom was half hour away at work and she had called to tell me that she loved me and to get in the bathtub with the phone, radio, Gameboy, and flashlight.  The complex didn’t have a storm shelter and we had learned the bathtub was the next best place to shelter.  I was soooooo scared!!!  And many of the roads were closed off so my mom wasn’t able to come home, so I had to wait it out by myself.  I remember feeling the bathroom shaking and things falling off the counter.  It was probably one of the scariest moments of my life.  The tornado finally had gone back up after what seemed like forever to a nine-year-old, but I’m sure were mere minutes if that.  Our apartment didn’t have any outside damage, but several of the houses on our street did.  We only lived in Aurora nine months, and we wouldn’t have lasted any longer to be honest.  After more tornados, neighborhood crime, gangs, and so much more, we were done with the area.  But that was in the late 90’s!  I’ve been back since, and the area has greatly improved – except, they still get tornados lol.

Facing a natural disaster is scary for ANYONE regardless of their age.  Facing a natural disaster as a kid is probably one of the scariest things they could imagine, and if not handled right, could have serious consequences.  That’s why I totally LOVED this book!!!  The author brings facing something scary into a positive, but serious, honest, non-threatening light that teaches kids it’s okay to be scared, but also how they can help in those situations.  Also, this book shows what hurricane victims and their families go through during those hard times.

I really like that this book takes real-life issues head on and allows the young reader to easily connect with the characters and the situations they get into at home and at school.

This book also delves into the old English Idiom, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” making first impressions, and social groups and cliques in school.  Sophie finds herself making fast judgments about some of her classmates that end up proving she may have jumped too quickly to those assumptions.  Sophie learns a valuable lesson that I think everyone has struggled with at least one time in their life – profiling.  It’s hard not to do in today’s culture, but I think it’s a very important lesson that no matter how easy it is to judge someone as the class geek, the snobby cheerleader, the class clown, or such, there’s always more to that person’s story, and you’re only seeing one side of them.  And while you’re judging them, they might be judging you, perhaps as miss goody two shoes, and I’m sure that doesn’t feel good.  So to borrow from the Golden Rule, “treat others how you want to be treated.”

This book series is just filled with so many wonderful life lessons and morals and this particular book did not miss the mark!

The author continues to show her Houston and Texas roots by throwing in so many 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!

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 five of the Sophie Washington Book Series.  Although I have read other books in this series, this book can absolutely be read on its own as a standalone without any fear of getting lost or confused.  However, I am really enjoying this book series, and would totally recommend the whole 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 book 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.**

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Check out my other Sophie Washington Book Series Posts & Reviews:

Sophie Washington: Queen Bee – Book One – Review

Sophie Washington: The Snitch – Book Two – Guest Post

Sophie Washington: The Gamer – Book Four – Review



Tonya Duncan Ellis was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She loves reading so much that as a child she took books with her everywhere. She knew she wanted to become a writer after an article she wrote was published in her hometown newspaper when she was a teen. Since then, Tonya has worked as a journalist and freelance magazine writer. She's an Amazon bestselling and award-winning author of the Sophie Washington children's book series, geared towards readers ages 8 to 12. The books recount adventures of Houston, TX preteen Sophie Washington 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 (Due to be released June 2018). When she's not writing, Tonya enjoys reading, biking, swimming, travel and spending time with her husband and three children. She lives in Houston, TX.






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  1. Tonya ~ Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

    1. Thanks so much for having me again on your blog, Ally, and for the thoughtful and detailed review of my book. I'm sorry you had to experience a tornado when you were smaller. That sounds scary!

  2. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the book description and giveaway as well. I enjoy these tours and have found some great books.

    1. Thanks for stopping by the tour James! Best wishes in the giveaway.

  3. When did you first get the idea for your book? I hope your book is a success. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  4. Are any of the characters in your book based on people you know in real life? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  5. Is there any book that you like to read over and over again? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  6. Do you have any ideas for your next book? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  7. Thanks Bernie! I got the idea for this book after I was evacuated from my home during Hurricane Harvey; some of the characters are loosely based on people I know in real life. (but I can't reveal their identities:) I really don't like to read fiction books again and again. How about you? I like a new experience when I read. I'm working on a holiday book for Sophie and friends next. Good luck in the drawing!

  8. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. How did you come up with the idea for the book. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com