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From the author of Sticks & Stones, a novel about friendship, overcoming obstacles, and what it really means to understand the people around you.
Twelve-year-old Sophie Mulvaney's world has been turned upside down. Mom lost her job at the TV station and broke up with Pratik, whom Sophie adored. Her teacher is making them do a special project about risk-taking, so Sophie gets roped into doing a triathlon. And to top it all off, she's started seeing bubbles above people's heads that tell her what these people are thinking. Seeing other people's thoughts seems like it should be cool, but it's actually just stressful. What does it mean that Pratik wishes she and Mom were with him to eat dinner? Is her best friend Kaya really going out with their other best friend, Rafael, whom Sophie also has a crush on? And can Sophie's mom ever go back to her old self? In this funny, heartwarming novel from Abby Cooper, BUBBLES shows readers that people are more than what they seem—or what they think.
"The magical spin [Cooper] gives to her lead character adds a lightness to the story that may be appreciated by younger readers." —Booklist
"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 . . . A funny and sensitive novel, bound to find eager middle grade readers." —School Library Journal