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Tonya Duncan Ellis @TonyaDEllis

About Tonya Duncan Ellis


Tonya Duncan Ellis is author of the Amazon bestselling, Readers' Favorite "Five Star" rated, Sophie Washington children's book series, geared toward readers ages 8 to 12, and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Authors Guild, and the Brown Bookshelf's Highlights Foundation-sponsored, Amplify Black Stories storyteller cohort. She has received awards for literary excellence, worked as a journalist and a freelance magazine writer, and is a graduate of Centre College of Kentucky and Washington University in St. Louis.

Tonya loves to travel and has visited 49 American states, 20 countries, and three continents, but some of her best journeys have been between the pages of a novel. As a girl she could always be found with a book in her hand, and reading is still one of her favorite hobbies. When she's not reading or writing, the author likes to ride her bike, swim, and spend time with her husband and three children. She lives in Houston, TX.

The Sophie Washington series stars a sweet and sassy African American preteen from Houston, TX and her diverse group of friends. Each funny and heartwarming story teaches lessons about friendship, responsibility, truthfulness, and perseverance.

Over 70,000 children have enjoyed the adventures of Sophie and friends. We hope you join them!

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Class Retreat

An entertaining story that celebrates friendship, diversity, environmental awareness, and anti-racism. This engaging, illustrated, middle grade chapter book is a great addition to classroom and homeschool libraries and should appeal to fans of Ramona Quimby, Jada Jones, Judy Moody, and Junie B. Jones.
There is no such thing as Big Foot! Or is there…
Sophie Washington and her classmates are on their way to Camp Glowing Spring for a class retreat. It’ll be two full days of swimming, eating s’mores around a campfire, tug-of-war, archery, and more! Sophie’s been looking forward to the trip all school year and can’t wait to spend extra time with her friends. It will also be great to get away from her bratty younger brother, Cole, and his constant stories about Big Foot. If Cole warns her about what to do if she sees the hairy ape man on the retreat one more time, she’ll put in ear plugs. Everybody knows Big Foot is a hoax!

Once the kids arrive at the retreat site things are as exciting as Sophie imagined. She has fun exploring nature with her besties, Chloe, Valentina, Toby, Nathan, and Mariama, and meeting new friends too. Then the kids see a giant footprint during a nature hike in the woods and the adventure really begins!

Code One

A READERS' FAVORITE "FIVE STAR" RATED BOOK FOR KIDS!
An entertaining story that celebrates friendship, diversity, and anti-racism. This engaging, illustrated, middle grade chapter book is a great addition to classroom and homeschool libraries and should appeal to fans of Ramona Quimby, Jada Jones, Judy Moody, and Junie B. Jones.

GIRL POWER!

Xavier Academy is having a computer coding competition with a huge cash prize! Sixth grader Sophie Washington and her friend Chloe can’t wait to enter with their other classmates, Nathan and Toby. The only problem is that the boys don’t think the girls are smart enough for their team and have already asked two other kids to work with them. Determined to beat the boys, Sophie and Chloe join forces with classmates Mariama, Valentina, and “brainiac,” Rani Patel, to form their own all-girl team called “Code One.” Computer coding isn’t easy, and the young ladies get more than they bargain for when hilarious mishaps stand in their way. It’s girls versus boys in the computer coding competition as Sophie and her friends work day and night to prove that anything boys can do girls can do better!

Things Your Didn't Know About Sophie

 

AN AMAZON BEST SELLING BOOK FOR KIDS!
Only Losers Don't Have Cell Phones...
That's what Sophie thinks in the beginning of this hilarious and heartwarming, illustrated chapter book about fitting in. She feels like an outsider because she's the only one in her class without a cell phone, and her crush, new kid Toby Johnson, has been calling her best friend Chloe. To fit in, Sophie changes who she is. Her plan to become popular works for a while, and she and Toby start to become friends. Things get more complicated when Sophie "borrows" a cell phone and gets caught. If her parents make her tell the truth, what will her friends think? Turns out Toby has also been hiding something, and Sophie discovers the best way to make true friends is to be yourself.
Here's what Goodreads reviewers say about Sophie Washington: Things You Didn't Know About Sophie:

  • "Sophie is a real character with flaws and it is fun reading how she matures. The story line was funny and realistic."
  • "Virtues like honesty, friendship and being true to yourself are always in style, and this book teaches that in a fun way. Also, it's great to learn a little bit about Texas too!"
  • "Very well written middle school book."

Coloring Book

Color Sophie's World! Sophie Washington is a sweet girl from Houston, TX, who's smart, funny, and oh-so-real. Grab your crayons and colored pencils to bring Sophie's world to life with this cute coloring book for tweens and under! The book includes over 90 adorable illustrations from Queen of the Bee, The Snitch, Things You Didn't Know About Sophie, The Gamer, and Hurricane, guaranteeing hours of fun. It's the perfect gift for creative girls and boys!

Secret Santa

A FUN READ ALL YEAR ROUND!
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Christmas is three weeks away and a mysterious “Santa” has been mailing presents to sixth grader Sophie Washington in this adorable, illustrated chapter book for middle grade readers. There is no secret Santa gift exchange going on at her school, so she can’t imagine who it could be. Sophie’s best friends, Chloe, Valentina, and Mariama guess the gift giver is either Nathan Jones or Toby Johnson, two boys in Sophie’s class who have liked her in the past, but she’s not so sure. Sophie uncovers clues to find her secret Santa and the final reveal is bigger than any package she’s opened on Christmas morning. It’s a holiday surprise she’ll never forget!

The Gamer

READERS' FAVORITE "FIVE STAR" RATED BOOK FOR KIDS!
Give Up Video Games for 40 Days? Oh No!
Sophie and Cole's parents want her to give up tattling and him to give up playing his video games for 40 days before Easter. The kids agree, or so their parents think...Soon after Lent begins, Cole starts sneaking to play his video games. Things get out of control and he comes to his sister for help. Should Sophie break her promise and tell on him?

The Snitch

AN AMAZON BEST SELLING BOOK FOR KIDS!
*2020-2021 One Book One School Book of the Year*
**Purple Dragonfly Book Award First Place Winner**

Should Sophie Stand Up to the School Bully or Become a Snitch?

There's nothing worse than being a tattletale...
That's what 10-year-old Sophie Washington thinks until she runs into Lanie Mitchell, a new girl at school. Lanie pushes Sophie and her friends around at their lockers and even takes their lunch money in this entertaining, illustrated chapter book for middle grade readers. If they tell, they are scared the other kids in their class will call them snitches and won't be their friends. And when you're in the fifth grade nothing seems worse than that. Then a classmate gets seriously injured and Sophie needs to make a decision: fight back, or snitch?

Here's what Goodreads reviewers say about Sophie Washington: The Snitch:



  • "Great children's book that teaches children practical and valuable life lessons."

  • "This would be a great book for the counselor, the library and the classroom ready for reading!"

  • "I liked that, while a heavy subject matter, the book never felt preachy."

  • "Good story about bullying and standing up for what's right."

Hurricane

AN AMAZON BEST SELLING BOOK FOR KIDS!
Are you ready for the hurricane? Strap in for an entertaining, illustrated middle grade chapter book full of fun, laughs and excitement.
A hurricane’s coming and sixth grader Sophie’s life of school work and friends is about to make a major change. One day she’s teasing her little brother, Cole, dodging classmate Nathan Jones’ wayward science lab frog and complaining about “braggamuffin” cheerleader Valentina Martinez, and the next, she and her family are fleeing for their lives to avoid dangerous flood waters. In the middle of it all, Sophie learns to be grateful for what she has and that she is stronger than she ever imagined.

Mission: Costa Rica

AN AMAZON BESTSELLING BOOK FOR KIDS!
An entertaining story that celebrates friendship, diversity, and environmental awareness. This engaging, illustrated, middle grade chapter book is a great addition to classroom and homeschool libraries and should appeal to fans of Ramona Quimby, Jada Jones, Judy Moody, and Junie B. Jones.

Sophie's lost in the jungle, and the sun is going down...
Sixth grader Sophie Washington, her good friends, Chloe and Valentina, and her parents and brother, Cole, are in for a week of adventure when her father signs them up for a spring break mission trip to Costa Rica. Her dreams of lazing on the beach under palm trees are squashed quicker than an underfoot banana once they arrive in the rain forest and are put to work, hauling buckets of water, painting and cooking. Near the hut they sleep in, the girls fight off wayward iguanas and howler monkeys, and nightly visits from a surprise “guest” make it hard for them to get much rest after their work is done. Then Sophie and friends take a wrong turn in the jungle and things get even more wild...

Mismatch

A READERS' FAVORITE "FIVE STAR" RATED BOOK FOR KIDS!
Watch out Venus and Serena, Sophie Washington just joined the tennis team, and she's on her way to becoming queen of the court!
That is until her coach matches her with class oddball, Mackenzie Clark, and the drama really begins...
Mackenzie refuses to talk to Sophie or learn the secret handshake she made up. Sophie just can't figure her out. Then Mackenzie starts skipping practice, and gets sick at school, and Sophie realizes that there's more to her doubles partner than meets the eye. Can Sophie make things right with Mackenzie before their first big game, or is their partnership a complete mismatch?

Queen Of The Bee

AN AMAZON BEST SELLING BOOK FOR KIDS!
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."

My BFF

A READERS' FAVORITE GOLD MEDAL BOOK AWARD WINNER
Fans of Junie B. Jones, Ivy and Bean, and Jada Jones love reading the entertaining, illustrated Sophie Washington book series.
"I think any child reading this book would gain the confidence to be themselves and not feel pressured to follow the crowd."- Readers' Favorite

YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME
Sophie and Chloe have been best friends since they met in kindergarten. They get along like chips and salsa and do everything together from playing tennis to cheering on the school cheer squad. Lately, Chloe’s been leaving Sophie out, and she doesn’t know why. Sophie does everything she can to make her best friend happy, but it’s not working. Then Chloe asks Sophie to fib to a teacher to help her out and she learns the true meaning of friendship.

Sophie Washington Super Fun Activity Book

Learn and play with characters from the Sophie Washington series with this entertaining and educational activity book!
Hours of fun and learning are guaranteed. The book has over 100 pages of activities, including:

  • Crosswords
  • Word Searches
  • Mazes
  • Coloring Pages
  • Word Scrambles
  • Writing Prompts
  • Jokes, and more!

Sophie Washington Coloring Book II 

Color Sophie's World!
Sophie Washington is a sweet girl from Houston, TX, who's smart, funny, and oh-so-real. Grab your crayons and colored pencils to bring Sophie's world to life with this cute coloring book for tweens and under! The book includes over 90 adorable illustrations from Mission: Costa Rica, Secret Santa, Code One, Mismatch, My BFF, and Class Retreat, guaranteeing hours of fun. It's the perfect gift for creative girls and boys!

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