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Sunny Side Up

5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Realistic

sunny side up coverSunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Recommended for: Grades 5 and up

In August 1976, 10 year old Sunny is paying a solo visit to her grandfather at Pine Palms Retirement Community. Her story takes off when Sunny befriends the grounds keeper’s son, Buzz. Together they retrieve golf balls, earning money to buy, read and share Superhero comic books. (A plug for the power of comic books has a surprise appearance later in the story.) All the while, Sunny has flashbacks to upsetting events going on between her parents and older, rebellious brother back home in Pennsylvania. You will enjoy Sunny’s adventures in Florida, while empathizing with her concerns about her brother’s escalating substance abuse. Written by the award winning brother-sister team of Jennifer and Matthew Holm, this semi-autobiographical novel is powerful in its graphic presentation, message and simplicity.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Wettergreen

5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Realistic.
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