“Tonya Duncan Ellis is obviously a keen observer and reading her book is both an informative and a delightful experience.” – Reader’s Favorite
“A satisfying read, full of real-life lessons and good-hearted characters.” Kirkus Reviews
Forty days without video games? Oh no!
Sixth-grader Sophie Washington and her friends are back with an interesting book about having fun with video games while keeping balance. It’s almost Easter, and Sophie and her family get ready to start fasts for Lent with their church, where they give up doing something for 40 days that may not be good for them. Her parents urge Sophie to stop tattling so much, and encourage her second-grade brother Cole to give up something he loves most, playing video games.
January 22 – February 14 – The Snitch Virtual Blog Tour
Thursday, February 1 -World Read Aloud Day; Fort Bend Christian Academy
Friday, February 9 – Career Day; Quail Valley Middle School
Saturday, February 10 – African American Read-In; Cypress Creek Christian Community Center (The Forum)
Sunday, February 11 – Black History Month Program; Southside Church of Christ
Sunday, February 25 – Black Author’s Expo & Book Fair; Church Without Walls, Eldridge Campus
Growing up, Tonya Duncan Ellis’ favorite video game was Ms. Pac-Man. She is the author of the Reader’s 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). She has received awards for literary excellence and worked as a journalist and freelance magazine writer. The author lives in Houston, TX with her husband and three children.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine on you
And be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you
And give you peace.
I lift my head up from prayer and my eight-yearold brother, Cole, grumbles, “I’m starving,” as we hustle out of the crowded church.
New Faith Church is one of the largest Baptist churches in Houston. I love coming with my dad, mom and little brother each week, and it looks like the entire congregation showed up today. During the service we were squished in our seats like sardines, and Mom had to put her purse on the floor to make room. I spot my best friend Chloe in the row across from us. She and her family have been attending New Faith since she was little, just like we have.