Sophie Loses The Lead

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sophie stared. “You started planning the film?” Sophie wriggled uneasily, and not just because she was crammed between Kitty and Willoughby. It felt was if someone were sitting in her place. As the bus lurched, so did everything in Sophie’s head. Nothing was the way it was supposed to be.

Johanna Van Raggs picked up the broom and attacked the hearth with it. Dust and ashes felt, but she didn’t care. Let Leona Artalini clean it up. Johanna wasn’t HER servant anyway. Johanna swung the broom hard across the stones. The Master Jesus, said whoever wants to become great among them must be a servant. If that was true, she must be the greatest by now.

Book: Sophie Loses the Lead (Faithgirlz!) by Nancy Rue, Zondervan Publishers, 2006

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 11-15
Subjects: Friendship, Jealousy, Serving, Showing Love
Summary: Sophie always directs the film. Always. Once Darbie helped and once Jimmy helped, but it was always with Sophie. Sophie also always played the main character. Now, thanks to her friends, she’s reduced to nothing more than the role of a mute servant in the story. Vince has taken over directing and Fioana is the main character. And Sophie is jealous. And a bit lost. How can she gets back her roles without breaking the Corn Flake code?
Notes: Sophie Loses The Lead is eleventh in the FaithGirlz series, a twelve book series about a young girl in late elementary/early middle school who uses her big imagination to make movies and figure out how Jesus wants her to love those around her. In book eleven, Sophie’s friends are asserting their independence from Sophie, taking the roles she plans, and finding herself almost on the outside looking in. She has to learn what it means to truly be a servant, not just play one in a film. Darbie needs Sophie’s help now that she’s been chosen by the teachers to be on the honor council – and the first project is a former Pop. Fiona needs her help with acting. It’s not until she sees a video of herself playing her role in the film, that Sophie sees her own jealousy for what it is and makes It a point change her ways and seek to truly help her friends. I highly recommend this story.
Also the Sophie books have been republished under new titles. #11 is titled Sophie's Drama.
  Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Matthew 20:6 – Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant


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