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My Family Adventure
My Family Adventure
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Sofia Martinez

My Family Adventure

by Jacqueline Jules
Illustrated by Kim Smith

Little Sofia Martinez has a big personality and big plans, which makes every day memorable. Between her sisters and cousins, her family is the focus of her many adventures. From taking school pictures to doing chores, this 7-year-old knows how to make every moment count. Sofia loves her family and loves her life. What could be better?

PublisherPicture Window Books
BrandSofia Martinez
Age Level5-7 Years
Reading LevelGrades K-2
GenreRealistic Fiction
Trim Size5 1/2 x 7 1/4
Page Count96
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A Fuse #8 Production - Elizabeth Bird

"Look at the attitude on that girl! Smith’s art goes a long way towards selling Sofia as a character. You look at this book jacket and you want to know more about her." - A Fuse #8 Production

April 3, 2015

Kirkus Reviews

"Everyday stories reminiscent of Ramona in an early chapter book. . . .Colorful illustrations on at least every other page should draw reluctant readers, while Spanish words and phrases printed in pink are easily identifiable should readers want to use the glossary for definitions (though the meanings of the words are usually made clear through context). . . .Sofia is a likable new protagonist to add to the lineup of chapter-book heroines." - Kirkus Reviews

November 15, 2014


Publishers Weekly

"Three three-chapter stories comprise this humorous first book in the Sofia Martinez series, which features a highly personable elementary schooler and her tight-knit Hispanic family. . . .Spanish words and phrases, printed in pink, appear throughout the text and dialogue (a glossary is included, though most of the Spanish words are decipherable through context), and Smith’s illustrations give Sofia and her family warmth and style—they look ready to headline an animated series of their own." - Publishers Weekly

October 27, 2014

Great Kid Books - Mary Ann Scheuer

"Seven-year-old Sofia likes to stand out in her family. She does all sorts of things to get noticed -- from wearing a huge hair bow to making her grandmother a piñata for her birthday. This early chapter book is full of charm and kid appeal." - Great Kid Books

October 10, 2016


InCultureParent magazine - Meera Sriram

" engaging early reader chapter book with a central character of color, and with a narrative that integrates language and cultural nuances wonderfully, making it a great addition towards a diverse bookshelf." - InCultureParent magazine

January 26, 2015

BookTrib, "3 Spunky heroines to share with your daughter for Women’s History Mon - Michael Ruscoe

"What made this book stand out for my girl, though, was the author’s use of Español throughout the story. By reading about Sofia’s abuela, her Tío Miguel, her hermanas, and the many adventures they share, my princess not only enjoyed a great story, but also got an introduction to another culture and its language as well." - BookTrib, "3 Spunky heroines to share with your daughter for Women’s History Mon

March 11, 2015


Parents' Press - Mary Ann Schuer

"Sofia’s happy, loving Latino family brings smiles, and many readers will relate to her stories." - Parents' Press

June 1, 2015

Teen Librarian Toolbox - Amanda Macgregor

"I love Sofia! Like the Zapato series, this series includes lots of Spanish words that, for the most part, can be easily deciphered by non Spanish speakers, though this series does include a glossary." - Teen Librarian Toolbox

November 14, 2019


School Library Journal - Ruth Quiroa, National Louis University, IL

"Tender relationships with immediate and extended family, and especially with her papá, result in a lighthearted, enjoyable read. The illustrations are colorful and lively. . . .Reminiscent of the television show Maya and Miguel, this book is appropriate for early readers, with widely spaced, large-size type, and generous use of white space. The inclusion of common Spanish terms and phrases lends a sense of authenticity to the characters, while the use of bright pink font to distinguish these words in the primarily English narrative and the addition of a glossary provides scaffolds for young readers." - School Library Journal

January 1, 2015

PBS Parenting, Adventures in Learning - Meg Medina

"The author of the popular Zapata Powers chapter book series brings us a new heroine. Meet Sofia Martinez, age 7, whose mission is to stand out, once and for all." - PBS Parenting, Adventures in Learning

September 18, 2001


Latinos in Kid Lit blog - Ashley Hope Pérez

"Lively main character Sofia keeps herself in the middle of the action in her loving, playful extended family, and her adventures are light and joyful with a touch of mischief. The charming illustrations by Kim Smith will bring giggles to young readers. Suited well to the needs, interests, and sense of humor of early readers, the books will have broad appeal for the K-2 crowd. . . .The production of these books is especially thoughtful. The use of pink for words in Spanish produces an effect much like what Sofia achieves by wearing an enormous bow for her school picture. It marks Spanish as special–and very much part of Sofia’s world." - Latinos in Kid Lit blog

February 19, 2015

Booklist Online - Kay Weisman

"The author of the Zapato Power series, featuring Freddie Ramos, here offers another early chapter book with an appealing Hispanic protagonist. . . .Smith’s full-color art appears on almost every page, expressing the energy and emotions of the characters. A final illustration indicates Sofia will return with further adventures; in the meantime, give this to fans of Freddie Ramos..." - Booklist Online

January 23, 2015


BookRiot - Kristen Kwisnek

"For me, what really makes these family-focused stories special is author Jacqueline Jules’s fluid peppering of Spanish in the characters’ dialog. It never feels stilted, and it’s a great way to introduce young readers to a new language and culture." - BookRiot

March 8, 2019

A Mighty Girl, "Top 60 Early Chapter Books Starring Mighty Girls" - Katherine

"7-year-old Sofia Martinez is used to fighting for attention in her big family — but fortunately, she always knows they will be there when she really needs them. . . .Her outgoing personality and confidence often result in one part success, one part trouble — but no matter what, Sofia's fiery passion for everything she does makes every day an adventure." - A Mighty Girl, "Top 60 Early Chapter Books Starring Mighty Girls"

March 18, 2019



Alaska Association of School Librarians

2019-2020 Alaska Battle of the Books, Tentative List

May 1, 2019

National Parenting Publications

2015 National Parenting Publication Awards, SILVER

September 1, 2015

Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education

2016 Best Children's Books of the Year

March 1, 2016

Jacqueline Jules

Jacqueline Jules

Jacqueline Jules is the award-winning author of 25 children's books, including No English (2012 Forward National Literature Award), Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off (2010 CYBILS Literary Award, Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Honor Award, ALSC Great Early Elementary Reads), and Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash (named on 2013 List of Best Children's Books of the Year by Bank Street College Committee). When not reading, writing, or teaching, Jacqueline enjoys time with her family in Northern Virginia.

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