The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (Haunting of Sunshine Girl Series #1)

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (Haunting of Sunshine Girl Series #1)

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by Paige McKenzie, Alyssa Sheinmel

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A New York Times bestseller

Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move from sunny Austin, Texas, to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the moment they


A New York Times bestseller

Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move from sunny Austin, Texas, to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the moment they arrive, Sunshine feels her world darken with an eeriness she cannot place. And even if Kat doesn’t recognize it, Sunshine knows that something about their new house is just ... creepy.

In the days that follow, things only get stranger. Sunshine is followed around the house by an icy breeze, phantom wind slams her bedroom door shut, and eventually, the laughter Sunshine hears on her first night evolves into sobs. She can hardly believe it, but as the spirits haunting her house become more frightening—and it becomes clear that Kat is in danger—Sunshine must accept what she is, pass the test before her, and save her mother from a fate worse than death.

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl starts with mysterious ghostly laughter late one night. The laughter quickly turns to horror. It seems Sunshine Griffith has moved into a house haunted by many evil spirits. Trust me - these spirits will haunt YOU, too. I was on the edge of my seat from the very first page.”
— R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street

“Enthralling! Shivers of anticipation creep up and terrifying, ancient revelations come thick and fast. Sunshine Girl is a winner for fans of teen horror!”
— Anya Allyn, author of The Dark Carousel series

“When teen prodigy Paige McKenzie sets her mind to do something, she does it big time. 200,000 active YouTube subscribers on her site and over 100 million views, for instance. Not bad for a kid who still gets carded and can't vote. So when she decided to write a scary book, she nailed that one too. By the end of the first chapter I turned on all the lights in the house, even though it was noon. And it wasn't long before I'd retreated into that last-resort safe room buried deep beneath my brain's Fear Center, praying the lock would hold. No such luck. Before I knew McKenzie was out there she'd hacked the door and let all manner of frightening things slither in to get me. ... Things that go bump in the night are afraid to read this book. Things that lurk beneath the bed cry for their mothers by page ten. McKenzie's skill telling the story of a young girl who inadvertently moves into a haunted house with her clueless mother is a thing that slips up behind and puts a cold white hand right down your spine and just won't let go. The book is called The Haunting of Sunshine Girl. Read it if you dare, but don't say I didn't warn you.”
— Wes Craven, Filmmaker

“Sunshine’s adventure is filled with bumps in the night and shadowy figures, alluding to a larger mystery and larger world that has plenty to offer imaginative readers who grew up on Goosebumps and the like. Suspenseful, exciting and endlessly entertaining.”
Kirkus Review

“Sunshine’s story started as a YouTube series, and this creepy, suspenseful story condenses the plot of the original and offers a more polished voice than the videos. Existing fans won’t be the only ones eager for more of this strong but vulnerable heroine just awakening to her potential.”
Booklist (Grades 7–10)

“This sometimes frightening tale and series opener is based on a YouTube channel of the same name, so transmedia fans can enjoy both formats. Readers who appreciated Holly Black’s Doll Bones (2013) or Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones series ... should consider picking up this creepy debut.”
— Julie Zimmerman, School Library Journal

"The plot moves along smoothly and rapidly, and the writing is graceful and wonderfully polished... It’s hard not to finish The Haunting of Sunshine Girl."
— Lev Grossman, Time Magazine

"The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has all the makings of a creepy story without being straight-up horror. The terrifying moments are strong and seamlessly handled. The reader is right there alongside Sunshine as she first doubts her own perceptions, then fearlessly makes friends with a ghost and resolves to save the day. Her relationship with her mom is touching and real, and her loyal friend Nolan is the perfect sidekick. Teens who loved Goosebumps will be spooked and satisfied by the adventures of Sunshine."
— Allison Chopin, New York Daily News

"For a truly 'adorkable' heroine and a lot of mischief and Monopoly-playing ghosts, pick this up!"
— Jessie Potts, USA Today

"The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie is based on the YouTube web series phenomena and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to school and community library YA fiction collections."
— James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review

Product Details

Weinstein Publishing
Publication date:
Haunting of Sunshine Girl Series , #1
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Paige McKenzie, the irresistible face of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, began playing Sunshine as a high school junior. Today, the YouTube series boasts a viewership over 150 million views and will soon be a television show from The Weinstein Company. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Alyssa B. Sheinmel is the author of Second Star, The Beautiful Between, The Lucky Kind, The Stone Girl, and Faceless. Alyssa grew up in Northern California and New York, and attended Barnard College. She lives and writes in New York City.

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is a fun paranormal read. It’s apparently based on a popular YouTube channel, but I’ve never seen it – although I might be tempted to check it out now – so my review is based on the book alone, and I have nothing to compare it with. Sunshine and her mom moved halfway across the country to the small town of Ridgemont, Washington. They changed the sun for the clouds, and Sunshine’s mood seems to have plummeted along with the weather. They moved because her mom, Kat, got a new job at a local hospital. All seems to go well, right until they arrive at their new home. Sunshine tries to look on the bright side, but has trouble finding anything bright about her new home, which seems infested with a creepy, eerie feeling. And the longer they spend in the house, the more Sunshine grows convinced it’s haunted. Her mom doesn’t believe it, being a practical person, so Sunshine starts to gather evidence. While the ghost grows more powerful, slamming doors, sobbing in the bathroom, and even playing games with Sunshine, her mom still won’t believe her. Up until something frightening happens, and afterward, Kat doesn’t even remember. Sunshine realizes it’s up to her to solve the mystery of the ghost’s identity before her mom gets hurt. I loved the relationship Sunshine and Kat have. Sunshine is adopted, but they still have a real bond, a real connection. They’re very much like a real mother and daughter. Sometimes they bicker, but they’re there for each other, and they’re best friends. You don’t often see that in YA, and it’s great when it happens. Unfortunately their bond deteriorates when Kat doesn’t believe her daughter, which drives a wedge between them. But even though, it was still interesting to see what this did to their relationship, and how it estranged them. The second POV that pops in occassionally was confusing at first, and I could’ve done without. I wanted to read the story of Sunshine and Kat, and the second POV didn’t add to the tension, but instead diminished it. Sunshine was a loveable character, quirky and fun. Unfortunately she doesn’t seem to have a lot of friends, not even at her new school, and I found it a little hard to believe that even after being there for longer than a month, she only ever mentioned one person from school, one friend. The ghost part worked well, and the suspense is high from start till end. There’s some build up, but from the moment Sunshine first hears the ghost, the suspense just keeps on going. The writing was spot on, with Sunshine sounding like a teenager without jumping to clichés. Some of the descriptions were plain beautiful. This is a promising start to a new series, with a few exciting twists to the usual ghost story. It left me pleasantly surprised, and I look forward to reading more about Sunshine and her adventures in the sequel. Can’t wait. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
I have to say that “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl” is one of the most interesting horror novels I have ever read.  It has an unexpected blend of ghosts, romance, teen angst, and plot. I really enjoyed the characters and their arcs.  Sunshine especially is a great and likable character who reacts to the extraordinary paranormal situations in a way that most of us would.  That being disbelief quickly followed by fright.  I won’t give away what else she goes through, but needless to say it isn’t something most of us would encounter.  At least I hope not.  I do like to sleep on occasion. My first thoughts were this isn’t too scary, which quickly progressed to being afraid to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night (which is when I was foolish enough to read a horror story), and finally ended up with “my significant other needs to read this”.  That last bit is the most telling, as she is what could be called a horror connoisseur.  She likes terrifying things and “The Haunting of Sunshine” fits that requirement at many points. Oddly enough, the book can be classified as clean as long as someone is ok with paranormal violence.  There is no bad language, only the vaguest of sexual references, and no drinking or drug usage.  Therefore, I can easily recommend “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl” for any age provided they are comfortable with books by authors such as R.L. Stine.  It’s a lot of good old-fashioned ghost story fun. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 24 days ago
Amazing book i loved it
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I went into this book blindly, I knew nothing of the YouTube videos surrounding this book, I picked it up based solely on its cover and the inside narrative and I am glad that I did. Will I check out the YouTube videos now, probably not, why spoil a good thing? The novel didn’t waste any time as things started to get mysterious right off the get go. Sunshine and her mother arrived in Washington, having made the drive from Texas as her mother was going to start her new nursing position in just a few days. Her mother found their new home on Facebook and the minute that Sunshine stepped into her new home, she knew it just didn’t feel right. Perhaps it was the musty smell, the child’s laughter and the footsteps she heard coming from the upper floor, or it could have been the cold breezes she felt as she tried to settle in to this gloomy house nevertheless, Sunshine knew someone else was occupying this house. Sunshine feels it is a girl whose spirit is trying to capture her attention. It is the way the author strings the events occurring in the house and the events in Sunshine’s life that has captured my attention, exciting and mesmerizing I find myself drawn into the book just waiting for the next move. Her mother has become oblivious to the happenings in the house, what happened to the loving relationship between the two of them? Being a photographer, Sunshine tries to capture the changes that are occurring in her life. What will she discover when those prints are finally developed and who will be able to actually see what is on that film? At school, she finds this place just as mysterious as the place she now calls home only the haunting are not occurring there. Finding a peer at school, Nolan becomes her friend and tries to help her uncover this mystery and if it wasn’t for his leather jacket, I wonder if the romance that sparked between the two of them would have occurred. This mystery has depth, it’s not an easy solve and I enjoyed all the twists and all the additions the author added in to make this novel a real treat. Definitely a great read for me and one to start my summer off on a high note.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good and her youtube page is even better! Go to the hauntings of sunshine girl network and watch all her videos! As they say in michigan, buena buena!
Anonymous 6 days ago
Loved this book. Pre-ordered Book 2!
Anonymous 11 months ago
I love this book and the fact that all of this happend when she turned 16 is amaizing i have never found a book like this i highly reomend it and you should also watch the web series
Cricket_2005 11 months ago
perfect for scaring this book is perfect for people who love to be scared and like love storys this book is creepy yet entertaining love it!!!!!
Chancie 11 months ago
Couldn't get over the constant exposition and poorly written characters that sounded and acted much too young for their age. Very cliche story and it felt unoriginal.
19269684 11 months ago
I don't remember when I first saw The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, maybe on Barnes and Noble's website or even their shelves. All I knew was, the cover was unique, off in a way and the girl was lovely. I tend to gravitate towards pretty things... as marketing is supposed to incite, especially if there's a hideous creature, I'd have probably wanted it even more! LOL Then as the book sat on my shelf, in queue, I found out The Awakening of Sunshine Girl was on the way. So I pre-ordered it and waited. While waiting, I conducted research on Paige McKenzie and discovered: I live under a rock - she's so famous! (an internet sensation!) For The Haunting of Sunshine Girl's Network YouTube channel, click here. Picture I didn't know what to expect with this book. I'd read information on the story, but I did not read reviews; I didn't want to develop a biased opinion. I did like the idea of a girl being a part of this dying yet elite community of demon hunters. It was different and original. AND it wasn't based on YA love. The book, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is about young, adopted Sunshine Griffith. She's moved to a new town with her mother, into a haunted house. Or is it? Everything taunting Sunshine is missed by her mother: a flying owl, Dr. Who (that's been stuffed for years), checkerboard game pieces that move on their own and sounds of someone being drowned... Sunshine feels alone and possibly losing her mind, but there's more to her story... *For the full review of both books: **Books are from my personal library for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EnchantedBookNook More than 1 year ago
My Review: This book is based off of the popular YouTube series by the name. The book follows Sunshine as she and her mother move from Austin Texas to Ridgemont Washington following Sunshine's sixteenth birthday. However, from the time Sunshine arrives at her new home, she can feel something isn't quite right. Her house is way to cold, but then again, this is a new climate she just have to get used to. But there's no explaining away the voice of a little girl. No one believes Sunshine expect Nolan, the boy whom she meets in her art class. Together, they unravel Sunshine's past, the history of the little girl haunting her, and how Sunshine must past a test to save her mother from death. As I first began reading this book, it moved way to slow for me, and I considered just stopping and moving onto something else. However, I am actually glad I stuck it out to the end, and now I understand why it seemed to take forever for the story to develop. While I do not think it's a must read, it is definitely opening the door to a potential wonderful series, one that I am very interested to read. Positive Elements: Sunshine doesn't need a lot in the world, she's perfectly happy with her friends and family, and that's all she ever needs. Negative Elements: There's a part toward the end, in which Nolan enters Sunshine's house without anyone knowing, and goes into her bedroom. Spiritual Elements: Of course, ghosts play a major role in the book, the characters also discuss demons and exorcisms. Other Thoughts: N/A
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS I was kind of worried about this book at first. Not because of he creepiness, but because I watched the YouTube series and it was a disappointment. Thankfully, this book was much creepier (which I love). Sunshine's mother just moved the both of them to a new town and a new house. The house is creepy and Sunshine is convinced that it's haunted. She's hearing noises, coming home to her stuff rearranged, and she's having dreams of a little girl. Her mom remains unconvinced despite all the proof and she's becoming more an more distant. Sunshine teams up with a fellow classmate in order to figure out the ghost situation. First off, I love the plot. I'm a sucker for ghost stories and the creepier the better. This one definitely had the creep factor involved. There were enough ghosty shenanigans and the book just got darker and darker! I didn't like the luiseach thing, though. It added an unnecessary "chosen one" plot that I could've done without. I just wanted an old-fashioned haunting. As for characters, I hate Sunshine's name. It's a fine nickname, but otherwise, horrible name. Anyway, she's an okay character. She annoyed be with her "I'm not like other girls" thing. Especially since she thinks she's different for shopping at Goodwill. Other than that, she's likable and a bit quirky. Nolan, a friend she makes, is a great supporting character. He's a bit nerdy, which I loved, and helped immensely. As for romance, there really wasn't any, though there must be some in the coming books. IN CONCLUSION I know it sounds like I'm complaining, but I did like this book. The ghost story is really what made the book and the ghost story was fantastically creepy! I will be looking into the other books when they come out.
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Good book!!!!!
AuthorJessicaBurkhart More than 1 year ago
Paige and co-author Alyssa Sheinmel did a brilliant job with THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL! YA horror is not typically my go-to genre, but, shallow as it is, I was drawn in by the cover first. I began the book and couldn't put it down. The writing is smooth, the protagonist is original, funny and unique and the plot moves fast. A great debut from Paige McKenzie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good kept my attention
Arazele More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
guacamoleNYC More than 1 year ago
but I think I'll love it because it takes place in Seattle, where I'm from