Sophie Washington Queen of the Bee by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Another book gem I discovered at the Texas Book Festival.  This is the first book in this series and introduces us to 10-year old Sophie.  When her parents push her into a spelling bee, Sophie pushes back until a challenge from an irritating classmate makes her dig in her heels.  Throw in a best friend, … Continue reading Sophie Washington Queen of the Bee by Tonya Duncan Ellis

The Splendid Baron Submarine by Eric Bower (Book #2 Bizarre Baron Inventions)

This is the second book in a series - but is perfect as a standalone too.  I read the first book in the fall and have recommended it to anyone who would listen that had readers in 3rd grade through middle school. W.B. is living in a time of horse drawn carriages but with parents … Continue reading The Splendid Baron Submarine by Eric Bower (Book #2 Bizarre Baron Inventions)