Author: Cooper, Abby
While trying to cheer up her depressed mother, twelve-year-old Sophie gets roped into doing a triathlon, as part of a school project on risk-taking, and discovers she can see people's thoughts in bubbles above their heads.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 192722
Kirkus Reviews (-) (04/15/17)
School Library Journal (05/01/17)
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School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 Gr 4–7—Everyone has inside thoughts. If you were a cartoon, they would appear over your head in a fluffy cloud or a bubble. No one is supposed to be able to see them, right? But Sophie suddenly can see them. After her mom loses her job and her boyfriend and the stress of a class project sets in, bubbles begin to appear everywhere. Knowing what everyone else is thinking should be really amazing, only it isn't so great when you know that people are sad or lonely or that your best friend might have a crush on the boy you like or that perfect Viv's class project has to do with you. Sophie Mulvaney is a wonderful character who, like many kids, feels the weight of other people's problems and responsibilities. There is a believable dynamic between Sophie and her friends, her mother, and other adult characters. Realistic elements of mild depression, preteen insecurities, and helpful adult interactions propel an authentic yet whimsical journey into the life of a 12-year-old girl. Sophie's story offers a bright spot of hope and understanding in a difficult time in a child's life. VERDICT A funny and sensitive novel, bound to find eager middle grade readers.—Elizabeth Speer, Weatherford College, TX - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 07/01/2017 Biracial Sophie Mulvaney knows there’s nothing normal about being able to read people’s thoughts via bubbles hanging over their heads. Not only that, but it’s getting her into all sorts of trouble. Now she knows her best friends, Kaya and Rafael, have secretly started to date. She knows that Viv Carlson is trying to steal her friends away from her. And worst of all, she knows exactly how sad her recently dumped, recently fired, and no longer adventurous mom is. But what exactly does Sophie know versus what she thinks she knows, and how can she learn to separate fact from feelings? With the help of a therapist, Sophie works to understand the thoughts she sees, to rebuild her relationship with her mom, and to reconnect with her friends through a social studies project on risk-taking. While Cooper certainly stays in the shallow end when it comes to portraying conditions such as anxiety and depression, the magical spin she gives to her lead character adds a lightness to the story that may be appreciated by younger readers. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.