Sophie Has a Secret
Anna learns that there are good secrets and not so good secrets when Joshua tells her that something really bad happened to his younger sister, Sophie.
Even though she makes a pinkie swear not tot ell, even her BFF Maria, Anna struggles with doing the right thing. Does she break her pinkie swear or does she keep it?
Learning about trusted and not trusted adults during the Blue Ribbon Week at school helps her decide what to do.
Short Excerpt: “Mom, I did a pinkie swear with Joshua about something, but I don’t think it needs to be a secret from you. Maria wanted me to tell her, but I wouldn’t. I told her when I do a pinkie swear it means I can’t tell, even if she is my besty, and I had to be true to the one I promised.” Anna was very serious. She sat cross armed and cross legged on the sofa. “What do you think?”
Mrs. Riley thought for a moment, then asked, “Is it something that you can make better for the person if you tell?” Mrs. Riley asked her daughter trying to help her make a smart decision. “And, do you trust me as your mother?”
Anna knew she could trust her mother to do the right thing. “Okay, I think I should tell you.”
Hi everyone! It’s me, Anna,
My mom took me, Maria, and Daniel to watch a movie about a little girl who wanted to be a ballerina dancer, but some other people made her do really terrible things. I told Miss Yvonne, the lady who made the movie, that I was going to bring all my friends to watch the movie and that we need to know about this.
In this book, Sophie is going into the second grade. She has a secret that nobody knows about except her brother, Joshua, who is in the fifth grade. He’s one of our friends.
Sophie really wants to talk about what happened to her, but is afraid to, so she doesn’t talk at all, except at home. I think me and my friends can help her, and other school kids that are being hurt like Sophie.
I want you to read, Sophie Has a Secret with your moms or trusted adult. That way they can explain some thing to you that we won’t really talk about in this book.
The story of “Sophie Has a Secret” was birthed in 2015 while my husband and I were involved in the anti-human trafficking movement. Statistics showed that children as young as pre-schoolers were victimized, and they rarely, if ever, reveal what happens to them. Often, when a child would tell a teacher, they usually thought they were not telling the truth so didn’t report it.
Additionally, there were no materials for kids that young. I thought of the story “Sophie has a Secret” that would allow children to read a fun book while gently revealing what had happened to Sophie, and hoping this might inspire a child to report either their own abuse, or the abuse of a friend.
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Book Reviews and Resources
Resources for Mom’s and Dad’s:
www.facesofchildabuse.org; www.polarisproject.org; www.traffickinginamericataskforce.org; www.netseducators.org; www.humantraffickinghotline.org; www.ovcttac.org; www.rhyttax.org
I was skeptical about reading, Sophie Has a Secret after I read what the story is about, but I was delightfully surprised. Yvonne wrote this story with so much care and concern for the children who read it. It is like any other story book for children; nothing in the content would frighten or scare the reader.
I thought Sophie Has a Secret was actually inspiring and fun to read. And Blue Ribbon Week is a terrific resource. I love how Yvonne incorporated real activities for children throughout the story. My 8 yr. old read the story, with me by her side. She told me that she thought one of her friends was like Sophie.
Chapter Five Excerpt
“Here is your room, Sophie,” the principal said as she stopped by the open doorway to Mrs. Edwards room.
Sophie looked in the room at all the fun things on the wall and at the kids who were sitting in a group on the floor. “Hello there. Is this my new Sophie?” a kind gramma like Mrs. Edwards greeted her new student at the door. Mrs. Edwards took Sophie’s hand and walked her into the room. Sophie felt safe and protected even though her teacher was a stranger.
“Class this is Sophie. She is new this year. Can you tell her hello?” Mrs. Edwards instructed.
“Hi Sophie,” the class of fifteen children sitting on the floor said at once.
Sophie raised her little hand and gave a slight wave then looked back at her mother. “I’m going to go now. Mrs. Edwards and Principal Johnson are very nice ladies. They will watch over you, okay?”
Sophie started to whimper as her mother turned to leave, but stopped. she didn’t want to cry in front of the others kids.
Mrs. Pasley took a deep breath and walked back to the school office with Principal Johnson talking all the way about what had happened to Sophie that made her not want to talk.