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Grade 7 Up–Sophie, 15, comes from an abusive family. Her mother is a depressive alcoholic. Her father appears to be an upstanding member of the community, but in reality he is a savagely violent man. Without any provocation, he has beaten Sophie many times. She has no real friends, her boyfriend has just dumped her, and she is on probation for petty theft. Her only ally is 12-year-old JuJube, her former babysitting charge. After a particularly brutal attack, Sophie is hospitalized and it is JuJube who forces her to tell the truth. The ending is happy yet bittersweet. The novel deals with mature themes in a quick and easy-to-read manner. However, it has all the hallmarks of a message book and is not the most subtle piece of literature. Still, it could help teens with severe issues.–Amy Patrick, New York Public Library
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Gr. 5-8. Canadian author Goobie, who has previously delivered twisted fantasy in novels such as Flux (2004) and fixed (2005), demonstrates her versatility in her third contribution to the Orca Soundings series for reluctant YA readers--an expanding line of compact paperbacks marked by enticing photographic cover images and swiftly paced, contemporary stories. This one is a loose prequel to one of Goobie's previous entries in the series, Sticks and Stones (2003). Fifteen-year-old Sophie--the older friend of ticks and Stones' protagonist, Jujube--believes she is a "stupid, no good, nothing girl," because why else would her father need to "straighten out [her] head" through smacks and kicks? Dreading both her dad's retaliation and the stigma of a group home, Sophie guards her dangerous secret until fearless, concerned Jujube intervenes. Experienced readers may find the writing style and problem-driven plot simplistic, but those in the series' target audience will be rewarded with a condensed, strangled gulp of a novel, one capable of conjuring both wrenching suspense and the "soft peace" of hope. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 8 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Series: Orca Soundings
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551433478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551433479
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Originality is Dead on February 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
Being abused is repulsive, especially when it comes from one of your parents. Have you ever felt that no matter what, it's never good enough? Ir that if you better yourself you'll make someone love you? That's exactly how Sophie feels. Her father hits her. Beats her. "Stupid. No good. Nothing." That's what she is, or so her father tells her. Does she believe it? Something Girl is a tale of abuse written! By Beth Goobie; that will leave you asking these questions.

Goobie uses her voice to relate to teens through Sophie. Sophie is like your typical teenager. She likes to hang out with her friends, go to dances, go out with her boyfriend. She likes music, reading, and daydreaming. She isn't all that hip on school, but she doesn't completely hate it either. It's almost as if you can see eye to eye with her.

As the book takes you through her everyday life, you'll get to see every aspect of it.

Sophie's good friend, Jujube, believes in aliens. She also believes that the next place they'll land is there in the town where she and Sophie reside. Will Sophie get out? Alive? Will her mother just keep staring olut the window, not speaking a word? Will her father stop? Can she better herself enough to make him love her? Or will the aliens come, just like Jujube predicts?

What do you do when you can't get away? Sophie can go to her favorite hide out, but she can't stay there forever. She can go to Jujube's and stay the night. But she can't stay forever. She also can't tell anyone what her father's doing to her. He is, of course, a well respected business man. If Sophie tells anyone, word will get out. And there goes her father's job. The only thing that puts food on the table, and buys her clothes. What is she to do?
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Always checked out from my room.
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