When is a summer vacation not really a summer vacation?Sunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer. At first she thought Florida might be fun -- it is the home of Disney World, after all. But the place where Gramps lives is no amusement park. It's full of . . . old people. Really old people.Luckily, Sunny isn't the only kid around. She meets Buzz, a boy who is completely obsessed with comic books, and soon they're having adventures of their own: facing off against golfball-eating alligators, runaway cats, and mysteriously disappearing neighbors. But the question remains -- why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place? The answer lies in a family secret that won't be secret to Sunny much longer. . .
In a compassionate story that opens in the summer of 1976, the brother-sister team behind the Babymouse and Squish series introduces 10-year-old Sunny Lewin, who is facing unwanted change on multiple fronts. Sunny's planned vacation with a best friend has turned into a solo trip to visit her grandfather at a Florida retirement village. With no kids in sight, a squeaky hide-a-bed to sleep on, and a haircut that falls short of the Dorothy Hamill wedge she'd hoped for, Sunny is disappointed at the direction her summer has taken. Through skillfully deployed flashbacks, the Holms reveal that these concerns, while not trivial, mask a larger one Sunny's older brother's increasingly out-of-control use of alcohol and drugs. Colored by Lark Pien in creamy aquas, corals, and yellows, the illustrations shout "Florida coast," and, along with the short chapters, give the story the feel of a serialized Sunday comic. Sunny's introduction, via a new friend, to comic-book heroes like Swamp Thing and Batman creates some slightly heavy-handed but effective parallels for Sunny's conflicted feelings about a family she cares for deeply. Ages 8 12.
Good for mature kids
This book is really good. I read it recently when I saw it at the library. I am pretty mature for my age. I first read this book when I was 11 and didn’t completely understand it. I does have drugs and alcohol in it. If you are a parent and your child gets freaked out about drug and alcohol addiction then this book isn’t the best for them. If I was a parent I would let my kid read this at 12 or 13. If you know your kid is mature enough for this topic then there ready to read it. This book is also good for kids who are dealing with addiction in one of their family members because it teaches them that there are kids going through the same problem.
Sunny Side Up
This is one of my favorite books! I've always loved Jennifer Holmes books and have read them for so long!! So keep your sunny side up!! -Ava
It’s helps people like sunny understand more about substance abuse and important family related topics