Combining an overview of Western philosophy with an enigmatic storyline, Sophie’s World is part learning experience, part imagination and part mystery. A New York Times bestseller, Sophie’s World follows 14-year-old Sophie Amundsen as she discovers mysterious envelopes in her mailbox with the questions:
- “Who are you?”
- “Where does the world come from?”
However, that there’s something even stranger, not to mention sinister, going on. Sophie begins receiving postcards meant for a girl named Hilde from Hilde’s father (and they’re dated a month into the future), and it becomes clear that Hilde’s father has some great power over both Sophie and Alberto.
There may be a way out of his grasp with the help of philosophy, though, and it becomes imperative that Sophie and Alberto cover the rest of the lessons.
Sophie’s World is a book that will really make you think about the world we live in and beyond, as well as about yourself. I highly recommend it.
By Jostein Gaarder
Author: Christina Ma, high school student writer
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