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Happy Birthday, Sophie Hartley

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Sophie Hartley is almost sure that her dad said okay when she asked for a baby gorilla for her birthday. Soon the kids at school want to know every detail about the gorilla, and dealing with her enthusiastic classmates gets harder as the big day approaches. When teenage sister Nora leaves their shared bedroom for her own space in the attic, and close friend Jenna shows sig ...more
ebook, 128 pages
Published June 28th 2010 by Clarion Books (first published 2010)
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Madigan McGillicuddy
This is a charming middle-grade novel where readers are treated to a sneak-peek of Sophie's family, school and friends. I loved all the little details about Sophie's family, who obviously have a lot of warm feeling for each other. As the youngest child Sophie is always feeling a bit left out. She's crushed when her older teen sister Nora moves out of their shared artistic messy room into a tidy attic room of her own. For her tenth birthday, Sophie doesn't want much... just a cute baby gorilla. O ...more
The Reading Countess
Sophie is eagerly anticipating her tenth birthday, keeping her fingers crossed for a baby gorilla. But the stars aren't aligned and it seems her large family is too busy to notice what she REALLY is hoping for. Soon-to-be-driving brother Thad celebrates his sixteenth birthday days from Sophie's, and she fears his dreams of a car will overshadow her own birthday hopes. Nora, her fourteen year old sister, has moved out of her room and is preoccupied with friends and boys. And Sophie's younger brot ...more
Luanne Hatcher
Sophie Hartley is a fun,likable character whose tenth birthday is upcoming and she wants a baby gorilla. She tries to find just the right time to tell her parents. When a classmate finds out and tells everyone, Sophie knows she must talk to her parents right away. She finds out that baby gorillas are extinct and is able to "save face" with her classmates, since she will not be getting one. She loves to draw, even though her portraits don't quite resemble the person she drew. Her surprise birthda ...more
Sandra Stiles
Sophie is about to turn 10. This is a special birthday and requires a special gift. All she wants is a baby gorilla. Sophie doesn't mean to tell her friends she's getting the gorilla. Her parents have been so busy with Nora moving out of Sophie's room and into the attic and with Thad's upcoming 16th birthday that Sophie has felt left out. That is when it slips out. Now she has to find a way to get a gorilla because her friends believe she made it all up. This is a great book about a young girl g ...more
Patricia Smith
This is a humorous contemporary realistic fiction story about a girl that longs for attention and wants a ridiculous gift for her birthday. Young readers would enjoy this story because they can relate to the sibling bickering/rivalry in the story. The intended age group is intermediate 8-12 years old. I gave the story 4 stars for the humor and creativity the author used. The illustration on the cover is quite simple and to the point.
Lori
Sophie is getting ready to turn 10! This is a cute story about Sophie and her relationships with her friends and siblings. Sophie feels like everyone is changing but her. Her older sister is moving out of their shared room into the attic, and Sohpie's friends are starting to have different interests. This is a cute realistic fiction story of how Sophie deals with maturing.
Mr. Steve
Another nice story... I probably would have thought more of this book except I can't help but compare it to 11 Birthdays, since both characters are celebrating their birthdays and both books could not make the list. There is a definite audience for Sophie Hartley books and I would definitely be happy to recommend them.
Tanja
Cute little story with a very likeable main character. It's easy to relate to Sophie's troubles, feel for her, laugh with her or shake one's head about what she did... I am considering getting the entire series for the library. Let me know what you think :)
Tracey
Children's fiction. Girls and moms will adore 9 y.o. (going on 10) Sophie's ramona quimby-esque adventures and charm. Definitely suited more to girls than boys (topics include girl cliques, first bras, etc.)
Abbycat
I thought that wanting a gorilla was kind of weird, but getting a kitten was adorable! I could see it fast asleep and purring softly in my mind. So cute! I lived the detail!
Meredith
I laughed, I cried. I do not want a baby gorilla. This book surprised me, actually. The voice was very true.
Melissa
Cute. Makes me wonder about the other two books in the series.
Ashley
Cutesy, fun, but just okay.
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