Sophie Simon Solves Them All

Finished Sophie Simon Solves Them All by Lisa Graff.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 out some classmates with their own parental troubles.

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 math.)

And while Sophie doesn’t particularly care about being well-adjusted, she does really, REALLY want that calculator.  So she hatches a plan with some other children with problems of their own.  And at $5 a pop, she’s bound to get that calculator in no time. :)

I’m hoping to work my way through Lisa Graff’s entire backstory this year.  While Absolutely Almost is still my favorite, this one is incredibly cute (and short—barely 100 pages, according to  my Kindle).  I also see she has two books out this year (both in May) so maybe I’ll have them all read by BEA.


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