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For a third-grader, Sophie Simon is one smart cookie. She enjoys teaching herself advanced calculus and has performed successful heart surgery on an earthworm. She's also very clever when it comes to dealing with her clueless parents. But Sophie is no genius when it comes to calculating the high value of friendship--until, that is,she has to use her incredible IQ to help o ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Claire
Jan 09, 2011 Claire rated it it was ok
Sophie is brilliant- stratospherically brilliant. In third grade, she is reading college texts-- her parents are clueless, her teacher is clueless, her classmates uninterested in and uninteresting to Sophie- all fine with her until she realizes that her calculus text is useless without a $100 graphing calculator.
Her classmates are having parent problems of their own and realize a brainiac like Sophie should be able to figure out how to help. Ever logical (a somewhat unappealing) Sophie has no i
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Kelly Hager
Jan 14, 2015 Kelly Hager rated it liked it
This book is absolutely adorable. I immediately loved Sophie Simon (who is smarter than I am, and probably has been her entire life) and---while she doesn't have any friends---she knows pretty much everything and once you do know essentially everything, who needs friends anyway?

Except it turns out Sophie does, because she wants a graphing calculator, which is $100, and her parents won't buy it for her. (Well-adjusted children don't want a graphing calculator because well-adjusted children hate m
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Stephanie Croaning
Sophie Simon is a quirky, 3rd-grade genius. Sophie wants two things in life -- 1) a graphing calculator so she can teach herself calculus; and 2) for her parents to accept and feel proud of who she is. What Sophie doesn't think she needs are friends. In this tale of interwoven character lives, Lisa Graff reminds us that many times in life we have to rely on other people to accomplish our goals and solve problems that seem insurmountable on our own.

I read Graff's more recent TANGLE OF KNOTS befor
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LauraW
Jul 08, 2015 LauraW rated it did not like it
This is a rather annoying book, filled with stereotypes, unsympathetic adults, and bratty or stupidly portrayed children. The stereotype that hits home most with me is the characterization of Sophie, the gifted genius. Her nose is always in a book, she has no interest in friends or people at all, she only helps the other kids, because she wants money to buy a graphing calculator, so she can teach herself calculus. The second most annoying caricature is Sophie's parents, clueless grownups who cal ...more
Cathy
Mar 04, 2014 Cathy rated it liked it
This was an odd book. I got it as a read aloud for my 1st grade daughter. She LOVED this book. There were things I liked about this book - good writing, an unexpected story, a girl not afraid of being smart and exactly who she is - and things I didn't like about this book. The adults were cartoonish buffoons. The kids were, while not stereotypes, cartoonish as well. The story revolved around Sophie Simon, girl genius who would rather not relate to people, solving other kids' problems to secretly ...more
Karen
Jun 02, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
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Bev
Apr 04, 2014 Bev rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This book is adorable and perfect for 3rd graders who are just starting to delve into longer chapter books. It just makes the required length of 100 pages! It's a fun, somewhat silly book, but it has a message of some depth underneath--parents should let children be who they are. We used it for a lunchtime book club and had fun with snacks that corresponded to the many endearments Sophie's parents use with her--everything from dill pickles to snickerdoodles! Lisa Graff seems to have her pulse on ...more
Melissa
Jul 14, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: yh-int-14-15
Sophie is a smart kiddo who sees the world a little differently than most of her peers. When her one goal can be accomplished by helping others meet theirs, Sophie finds out that it actually is nice to have friends after all. The story is funny with clever bits. I thought Sophie Simon's Encyclopedia of Things She Can't Believe You Don't Know Already was a fun conclusion. My only problem with the book was that absolutely every adult was baffoonish or out of touch with kids. Was that really necess ...more
Karen
Dec 18, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
This is another Battle of the Books selection for the grade 3-4 team. Sophie is a highly academically gifted girl who is determined to obtain a graphing calculator - total focus on her goal. Graff weaves in many threads about how parents' hopes, dreams and expectations for their children often differ from those of the child. Driven by her own personal goal, Sophie helps parents and children come into closer alignment. Lots to discuss with your child if you read the book together.
W.H. Beck
May 24, 2011 W.H. Beck rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, realistic, math, 2011, 4-5, 2-3
Sophie can't be bothered with things like friends. She's got more important things to think about--like complicated math equations. Only for the kind of math she's interested in, she needs a special graphing calculator: the Pembo Q-60, which costs $100. But when her classmates come to her hoping she can help solve their problems, Sophie just might find a way to get her calculator...and make a few friends along the way.

For fan of Lisa Graff( Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff, The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff), mathletes, and any who feels like their loved one
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Chris Hays
Sep 22, 2015 Chris Hays rated it liked it
Shelves: children, teaching
This is a quick and whimsical story told from the view point of 5 different students. Though I feel it would be hard for students to delve into the character's development it was recommended by a couple of fourth grade students. Bonus that it has a female protagonist who is a genius.
Betsy
Dec 28, 2014 Betsy rated it really liked it
We read this together as a read aloud and were all laughing the entire way. The kids still talk about the teacher, Mr. St. Cupid. But the aspect of this story I liked is the message for kids that are gifted, have Aspergers, or are just a bit quirky all need and can make friends, too.
Reader
Oct 10, 2010 Reader rated it really liked it
I've always wanted to like Lisa Graff's books but none of them have really ever grabbed me. Until now. Sophie Simon is a uniquely self-interested genius who wants only one thing: a brand new graphing calculator. Trouble is, she has moron parents who would sooner drop dead than give her own. Meanwhile, three of Sophie's schoolmates have problems of their own. It's possible that if Sophie solves their problems, she'll be able to make enough for her calculator. What she doesn't count on is the poss ...more
Susie
Oct 15, 2014 Susie rated it it was ok
Have liked Graff's more recent books much better. This was too cartoonish for me. I think the different characters of Daisy, Sophie, and Julia might be a little confusing to students, especially since Sophie is the title character, but the book begins with Daisy.
Kristi
Apr 25, 2015 Kristi rated it liked it
A cleverly woven plot, but the characters did not quite pull me in. I had hoped to be caught up in a circle of friends, but instead, enjoyed a quick tour of the neighborhood and a chuckle or two at the quirkiness therein.
Carolanne
Jun 20, 2014 Carolanne rated it liked it
A quick read for chapter book readers. Fun role reversal where the parents just want a 'well-adjusted' child and the child, Sophie, just wants to be left alone to study calculus.
Dolores
Mar 12, 2016 Dolores rated it really liked it
A good read for the early reader crowd. Young readers will enjoy the humor and seeing Sophie and her new friends outwiit the grown-ups in this fun little story.
Martha
Feb 08, 2014 Martha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Alice, Librariansteph, Marti, Elissa, Nadine
Sophie's giftedness is realistic portrayed as she cleverly tries to solve the problems of her classmates in a quest to earn enough money to buy a Pembo Q-60 calculator.
M.
Jan 27, 2011 M. rated it really liked it
Sophie Simon is VERY advanced academically for a 3rd grader. She loves calculus and psychology, but her parents want her to be "normal" and giggle with her friends; her teacher wants only rote compliance. Sophie wants a graphing calculator. In the course of the story, Sophie finds that some of her classmates have problems, too, problems that she can help solve. In the end, Sophie finds there is a place for her in school and and in life and that sometimes her classmates can help her to get her he ...more
June
Feb 13, 2016 June rated it liked it
I have enjoyed Lisa Graff's other books but felt this one was not of the same quality.
Sophie Simon was not the most endearing character.
Mary
Nov 28, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
Predictable; selfish genius learns the value of friends, but does she? Illustrations make the 8 year-olds look like teens.
Fiona
Somewhat funny... The intended audience will enjoy it, I'm sure, and it's a quick little read.
Donna
Mar 05, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: tweens, children
This book won me over with its humor (a similar tone to the Mercy Watson books) and some puzzle solving that was just complicated enough to keep the reader's attention and yet not frustrate the intended age group. I appreciate that Lisa Graff created a character that is so resolutely into what she is into that her social life suffers. The vast majority of girl characters in books do not swing this way, and its good to see one that knows what she likes to do and is very smart. This has the making ...more
The Library Lady
Nov 09, 2010 The Library Lady rated it it was ok
When all the grown up reviewers start going on about "cute" and "adorable" my alarm warning of approaching saccharine begins to beep. And sure enough, by the time I'd read the first chapter it was beeping loudly.
There are lots of jokes here for the grownups about helicopter parents, wrapped around a slight story about a kid who resembles Roald Dahl's Matilda in her genius. Only Matilda really WAS adorable and likeable, and Sophie isn't. And I'm not sure there's as much kid appeal here as there i
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Gracie E.
Jul 01, 2014 Gracie E. rated it it was amazing
Awesome I want to be like Sophie
Kris Patrick
What these characters call civil disobedience I call plain naughtiness. #bookaday
Mary Pettit
Dec 10, 2015 Mary Pettit rated it it was amazing
Perfect book for level "O/P" readers! Love how the story is told from 4 perspectives! Four kids, four sets of parents, each with a "big" problem, and a happy ending! Loved it!
Maria
Dec 28, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it
Funny!
Ms. Foley
Feb 02, 2015 Ms. Foley rated it really liked it
A good choice for advanced readers of a young age.
Dana *
Jan 18, 2011 Dana * rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: childrens, friendship
Shelves: childrens
A novel about independence and making friends, and figuring out how to help others.
Sophie is very smart, so smart that everybody makes fun of her and she has no friends. Her smarts make her the go-to person when a few kids have a dilemma that they need a way to solve. Sophie helps them all solve their problem, and one of her own at the same time.

But mainly, Sophie learns how to make friends, and what friends are all about.

Great story.
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