Sophie’s Friend in Need


Short-listed for the Chocolate Lily Book Award, 2005

It’s summer 1950, and for 11-year-old French Canadian Sophie LaGrange, Camp Latona on British Columbia’s Gambier Island promises to be pure bliss. But then Sophie has to buddy up with a strange, unfriendly Jewish refugee girl named Ginette and things go sour. Soon Sophie learns that Ginette has her own secrets and anxieties, worries that explain the girl’s seemly bizarre behaviour.


Chocolate Lily Book Award


... the tone carries an a 1950's innocence and allows the reader to explore the coast, the displacement of children after the war, and the power of friendship ... Young girls who have been to camp or are planning on going to camp will find this a fun read.

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About the Author

Norma Charles

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Norma Charles

Norma Charles is the author of the bestselling picture book, See You Later, Alligator, and 11 previous children's novels, including the Sophie Alias Star Girl adventures with Dundurn, The Accomplish (nominated for a Sheila A. Egoff Award), and All the Way to Mexico (winner of the Chocolate Lily Award). She lives in Vancouver.