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Sophie Someone by Hayley Long
  

Sophie Someone

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September 2015 NewGen Book of the Month.

Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2015.

Sophie Nieuwenleven’s story is shocking, so she tells it in the only way she can – in code, using random code worms to keep any nubby parkers on their togs. Sophie’s parents have been keeping massive secrets from her, and her dad in particular has much to confess. With help from unexpected places and people, Sophie is able to work things out and rebuild her life. This is a highly original coming of age story, different, interesting, very funny. Despite the singularity of Sophie’s story, it will speak to everyone about identity and working out who you really are. Sophie’s code gives the text a kind of poetry, and the story has a pace and momentum that will keep readers turning pages. ~ Andrea Reece

Costa Judges' comment: “A pacy, exuberant story full of wit and charm.”

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Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Khadijah Ahmed - 'I gobbled it all up and washed it down with a cup of tea. Dee-licious!'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'My favourite book by far. It’s got MY name (well take the E and put an A) in and it was an amazing book.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I really enjoyed this book, the unique language Sophie uses to speak takes a bit of getting used to but it is enjoyable once you get the hang of it.'

Synopsis

Sophie Someone by Hayley Long

This is a remarkable tale of confusion and betrayal - and a very special girl called Sophie.'Some stories are hard to tell. Even to your very best friend. And 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. Sophie and her family came to live in Belgium when she was only four or five years old, but she's fourteen now and has never been quite sure why they left England in the first place. Then, one day, Sophie makes a startling discovery. Finally Sophie can unlock the mystery of who she really is. This is a story about identity and confusion - and feeling so utterly freaked out that you just can't put it into words. But it's also about hope. And the belief that, somehow, everything will work out Ok. Sophie Someone is a tale of well-intentioned but stupid parenting, shock, acceptance and, ultimately, forgiveness, written in a brave, memorable and unique language all of its own.

Reviews

This is an absolutely exquisite book from start to finish... Not only is Sophie an incredibly endearing character but the language of the book is simply fabulous. Sophie uses code in order to make her story easier to tell, so, for example, 'legs
become

'lemmings', 'brother'
becomes

'bruiser'
and

'friend'
becomes

'freckle'. Amazingly the code is never confusing, which further highlights what an extremely talented writer Long is, and it adds an extra layer of enjoyment to reading the book. This story will warm the cockles of your 'heater'
while bringing

'terrapins'
to your eyes

. * BookTrust * Told in a quirky voice and half in code, and benefitting from clever typesetting, this story about identity, secrets and hope will resonate with young teen readers -- Claire Hennessy * Inis Reading Guide * At times emotional and others laugh aloud funny -- Sioned Jacques * School Library Association * A tale of confusion and betrayal, with a unique narrative style. Shortlisted for the Costa, now in paperback. * The Bookseller * *

'This novel is extremely well written, and the plot is exceptionally engaging. The book is written in a style that I have never seen before (...). The novel Sophie Someone was well strung together, had strong, unique characters and was a sweet, lovely tale in general. I would rate this an 8/10 because it was a wonderful book that I would recommend to children ages eleven to fourteen * The Guardian, reader review * For me, Sophie Someone was an incredibly engaging and beautiful read, and I would highly recommend this novel to children and teenagers aged over 12 -- Selina, age 14 * Yarr-a.com *


About the Author

Hayley Long

Hayley Long lives in Norwich with her husband and a rabbit called Irma. Sometimes she is an English teacher, and the rest of the time she writes novels. They're the sort of novels which will make you laugh a bit and then make you feel sad a bit and then make you laugh again. Sort of like this: hahahaBOOHOOhahaha. Hayley also likes biscuits.

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Publication date

3rd September 2015

Author

Hayley Long

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Hot Key Books

Format

Hardback
256 pages
Interest Age: From 13 to 15 years

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
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Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)
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ISBN

9781471404801

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