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This entertaining, illustrated, middle grade chapter book is the series opener.

Sign up for the spelling bee? No way!

If there's one thing 10-year-old Texan Sophie Washington is good at, it's spelling. She's earned straight 100s on all her spelling tests to prove it. Her parents want her to compete in the Xavier Academy spelling bee, but Sophie wishes they would buzz off. That's until her irritating classmate, Nathan Jones, challenges her. There's no way she can let Mr. Know-It-All win. Studying is hard when you have a pesky younger brother and a busy social calendar. Can Sophie ignore the distractions and become Queen of the Bee?

Here's what Goodreads reviewers say about Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee:

"Another great Sophie Washington book. Super cute. My 11-year-old loves these books."

"As someone with a 10-year niece who is in fifth grade like Sophie, I believe that she would love this book and the rest of the Sophie Washington series by Tonya Duncan Ellis."

"This series will go far. The story is down to earth, realistic and easy to read."

This is the first book in the Readers' Favorite five star rated Sophie Washington book series that includes:

Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee (Book 1)

Sophie Washington: The Snitch (Book 2)

Sophie Washington: Things You Didn't Know About Sophie (Book 3)

Sophie Washington: The Gamer (Book 4)

Sophie Washington: Hurricane (Book 5)

Sophie Washington: Mission Costa Rica (Book 6)

Sophie Washington: Secret Santa (Book 7)

Sophie Washington: Code One (Book 8)

Sophie Washington: Mismatch (Book 9)

Sophie Washington: My BFF (Book 10)

Kids Ages 8-12

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Exploring a mysterious cave in the mountains behind their house, John and his sister Sarah are shocked to discover they've time traveled to ancient Egypt!

Now they must work together to find a way back home from an ancient civilization of golden desert sand and a towering new pyramid, without parents to save them. The adventures abound—cobras, scorpions, a tomb robber, and more! The two kids have to trust each other, make friends who can help, and survive the challenges thrown at them . . . or be stuck in ancient Egypt forever.

For readers graduating from the Magic Tree House series and ready for intense action, dive into this middle grade novel rich with meticulous historical detail. 


"I LOVE this! A fun adventure story . . . exciting . . . hilarious . . . The plot pacing was great, especially for a middle grades novel. I work with 3rd-5th graders, and I think this book would do an excellent job of holding their attention. Such a great ending!" —Megan S.


"Skillfully written, clever, suspenseful, flowed effortlessly, had a hard time putting it down." —Jim C.


"This is exactly the type of adventure story that kids go for, the setting is fantastic. It is obvious that you are experienced in writing adventure tales. And you manage to hit the beats, the plot all keeps rolling along at a good clip and you don't get tied down or let anything slow the forward momentum." —Fay C.


"Well done . . . great atmosphere packed into this book . . . Fits right in with what good middle grade is all about. The pacing was fast, which is a great way of captivating the reader and I liked the ending a lot." —Bethany V.


"Interesting and exciting. You really captured the essence of a middle grade story. It had over the top action and suspense that really capture the imagination of someone this age. You did a great job taking our main characters, especially John, and changing him for the better over the course of the story. I thought this was an incredibly fun story and one I would've absolutely devoured as a kid." —Juliette T.


"Excellent. You've hooked me. Excellent build-up of tension and suspense. The plot is captivating. I love how everything feels high stakes from start to finish (as in, I felt something matters and I felt endeared to your characters)." —Stu M.


"The Eye of Ra is an easy and enjoyable read. I enjoyed learning about Ancient Egypt in a way that never felt forced or didactic. I also enjoyed all the close encounters with the scary inhabitants. You have some great moments of conflict and drama in your story. I enjoyed your use of evocative description." —Amanda S.


"This book would be a top choice for the students in my class. They'd eat up the adventure! Your tense scenes are so well-written. I didn't see the twist in the plot coming. What a great surprise!" —Elaina B.


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