Tonya Duncan Ellis


Tonya Duncan Ellis is the author of the award winning, Readers' Favorite, Five Star rated, Sophie Washington children's books 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, worked as a journalist and freelance magazine writer, and is a graduate of Centre College of Kentucky and Washington University in St. Louis.

The Sophie Washington book series recounts the adventures of a precocious 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. Books in the series include Queen of the Bee, The Snitch, Things You Didn't Know About Sophie, The Gamer, Hurricane, and Mission: Costa Rica.

Tonya loves to travel and has visited 49 American states 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.

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Sophie Washington Book Series Trailer (Books 1-4)
Learn about the first four books in the exciting Sophie Washington illustrated, middle grade chapter book series (Queen of the Bee, The Snitch, Things You Didn't Know About Sophie, and The Gamer) from main character, Sophie Washington!


Sophie Washington: My BFF
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,320. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Values & Virtues
Sophie and her best friend Chloe have gotten along like chips and salsa since they met in kindergarten, but lately things have changed. Chloe's been distant, and Sophie's not sure what the problem is. Then Chloe asks Sophie to do something she knows is wrong to maintain the relationship. How far will she go to keep her BFF? This is book 10 in the bestselling Sophie Washington series. Ages 8-12.
Sophie Washington Box Set
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 59,610. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying
This box set includes the first four books in the Readers' Favorite five star-rated Sophie Washington, illustrated, chapter book series, geared to kids ages 8-12. Books in the set include: Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee, Sophie Washington: The Snitch, Sophie Washington: Things You Didn't Know About Sophie, and Sophie Washington: The Gamer. Download today for hours of fun!
Sophie Washington: Things You Didn't Know About Sophie
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 16,500. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / United States / African American
Sixth grader Sophie changes who she is to fit in with hilarious results in this entertaining, illustrated chapter book for kids ages 8-12. This is the third book in the bestselling Sophie Washington series.
Sophie Washington: Secret Santa
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,830. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / United States / African American
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, ages 8-12. 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!
Sophie Washington: The Snitch
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 15,620. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying, Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / United States / African American
(5.00 from 1 review)
A new girl in school is terrorizing fifth grader Sophie and her friends. They don't want to tell because they are afraid their classmates will call them tattletales. Then someone gets seriously injured and Sophie has to make a decision, stand up to the bully, or snitch? The Snitch is a First Place Purple Dragonfly Book Award winner and the second book in the Sophie Washington series. Ages 8-12
Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee
Price: Free! Words: 17,360. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » African American fiction » General
Fifth grader Sophie Washington faces off against Mr. Know-At-All, Nathan Jones, in the school spelling bee in this entertaining, illustrated, chapter book. Ages 8-12. Book One of the Sophie Washington book series.