Since her debut, Threads (and sequels Beads and Stars), Sophia has written about girls discovering their inner power.Sometimes they’re fashion designers, sometimes they’re would-be pop stars, and sometimes they’re spies. They’re always a lot braver than they know, and she loves it when they finally figure that out. Since Threads won the Times/Chicken House competition in 2009, Sophia’s books have been published around the world, from Germany to Brazil and Japan. She likes to think of her stories as glittery urban realism: sparkly on top, serious underneath. Her latest book, Love Song, is about a girl who has an encounter with the hottest band in the world, and tries not to get burned. The Bookseller called it ‘an unputdownable contemporary romance’.
When she’s not writing, Sophia tends to be at home in London with her family, or travelling to schools and festivals, talking about creativity. This year she’s also a visiting lecturer in writing for children at City University and City Lit.
Love Song: Seventeen-year-old Nina doesn’t get why everyone’s obsessed with The Point – but when she averts a backstage disaster and is offered a job on tour, she can hardly turn it down. She quickly learns that being with the hottest band on the planet isn’t as easy as it looks: behind the scenes, the boys are on the verge of splitting up. Tasked with keeping an eye on four gorgeous but spoiled rock stars, Nina’s determined to stick it out – and not fall for any of them.
The Castle: Peta Jones is an ordinary girl struggling with the loss of her father, an ex-army hero who died in mysterious circumstances. When she receives clues that he may still be alive, she embarks on a dangerous rescue across the Mediterranean to a clifftop castle, home to an exiled billionaire. Soon she discovers that what some people will do for money, Peta will do for love.
You Don’t Know Me: It was all so good. Sasha and Rose. Best friends in a band, singing together. Right up to the finals of Killer Act when the judges tell them one of them must go. Suddenly their friendship is put to the ultimate test. On TV in front of millions. Two girls. One huge mistake. Can they ever forgive each other?
The Look: When Ted is spotted by a model agency, she can’t believe it. At the same time her gorgeous sister, Ava, is diagnosed with cancer. With her world turned upside down, Ted has a lot of growing up to do, some of it in five-inch platforms. Can she be a supermodel and a super sister? Or will she have to choose between fame and family?