Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution

Book review by Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Girl becomes spy in absorbing American Revolution tale.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 13+

Reading level may be 9 or 10, but content isn't

This is a book where the reading level and content really diverge. The first chapter ends with Nathan Hale being hung by the neck and the book's 12 year old heroine watching. She's later exposed to the brutality and degradation of how American prisoners of war were treated by the British. Her family is forced to have a British officer billeted in their home, which prompts a strange plot line of this man in his 20s or 30s flirting with the 12 year old--flattering her, drawing sketches of her, giving her gifts, writing poetry for her--and she becoming infatuated with him. Really? I know Avi has won awards for other books, but he's really tone deaf on this one. It's thoughtless to role model this as an appropriate relationship in a book that winds up in my 4th and 5th grade classrooms. So, in one sense, the content is older than the reading level--but in another sense, do you ever want to tell girls, even teens, that this is OK?

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age 10+

Worst book ever

I have read some books in my time and Sophia's War is by far the worst book ever. I would only suggest it to the government as a torture method. It's story is good in the mind but as it was put in to paper it became terrible. Never read this for it will only make you wish for you time and money back.

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