Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Sunny Side Up

Sunny Side Up
By Jennifer Holm
Graphix, 2015. 216 pages. Young Adult Graphic Novel

Sunny has flown to Florida to spend the summer with her grandfather.  She initially believes there's potential for lots of fun - after all, Disney World is there, right?  But after a few days it becomes clear that the Florida Sunny will be experiencing is full of old people.  Luckily Sunny meets a comic-book-obsessed boy and they begin to have adventures around the retirement home, but as they do Sunny reflects on the reasons she has come to stay with her grandfather in the first place, and the troublesome situation she left behind her at home.

This is a fantastic graphic novel for young teens and tweens.  You gradually learn the reason Sunny is in Florida over the course of the novel, and while it's a bit sad, the ending is very hopeful.  This book would be a fantastic pick for discussion groups with young readers.  The story and the main character are also very easy to relate to.  Highly recommended.


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