Sunny Side Up (Sunny Series #1)

Sunny Side Up (Sunny Series #1)

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Overview


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. . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545741668
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Series: Jennifer L. Holm's Sunny Series , #1
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 25,880
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author


Jennifer L. Holm is the New York Times bestselling and three-time Newbery Honor Winning author of multiple novels for young readers. With her brother Matthew, Jennifer created the graphic novel series Babymouse and Squish. She lives in California.



Matthew Holm was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has been drawing comics since he was in middle school. With his sister, Jennifer, Matthew created the graphic novel series Babymouse and Squish. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Sunny Side Up 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book recommended
Anonymous 11 months ago
It was sad at the end but really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real life book must read for all over 8 or 9
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sunny Side Up is a very humorous book! Sunny Lewin is very confident and very funny. However she misses her brother Dale who is in therapy after using drugs. Therefore I recommend this book to middle grade kids. It is an amazing graphic novel with amazing pictures! Love this book a lot!
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel deals with important issues that children’s books don’t usually address. Sunny was sent to stay with her grandfather for the summer while her family faced some problems at home. The story flashes between Sunny’s time with her grandfather and her past at home. During the chapters at her home, her older brother becomes friends with some bad people. He starts drinking and using drugs, which escalates out of control. There were some funny parts in the story too. Sunny stayed with her grandfather at his retirement residence in Florida, so she had to get used to living there. She had to carry a visitor’s pass at all times because of the strict rules at the residence, and they went out for the early bird dinners at restaurants. I really liked the way the story flashed between the two time periods. At first, I found it a little confusing, but at the end it all made sense. The ending revealed the reason that Sunny was sent to her grandfather for the summer. This is a great story for children who may have to face these serious issues.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I really liked the character of Sunny as she was optimistic, caring, and she adapted to the world around her. I love her comments and her facial expressions. I can see why this graphic novel is popular amongst the middle school crowd as this novel is easy to follow with great colorful illustrations, the characters are fantastic, and it told a story that I feel that most middle school students could relate to. The story boards inside this graphic novel vary in size which I thought were fun to follow but it was the characters and the story which make this novel stand out with me. There is a lot happening at Sunny’s home in Pennsylvania. There is a new baby in the house whose crying never ceases to end. There is also her older brother, who is making some bad choices in life which is affecting everyone in the household. With so much happening, her parents have decided to send her to Florida for a part of her summer vacation to visit her grandfather. It’s Florida and Sunny has envisioned wonderful things about this trip but she soon discovers it may not be what she had hoped for. Grandpa lives in a retirement community in West Palm Beach and the chances of finding someone under 55 to play with are going to be slim. Grandpa’s ideas of “big plans” for the day brought smiles to my face as they brought back memories of summer vacations that I took at my grandparent’s house growing up, where their “plans for the day” included going to church, going to the grocery store or out for lunch. As Sunny arrives at her grandpa’s apartment, “the girls” upstairs bring her down a welcoming present to her and I cracked up laughing as this gift brought back so many memories of my grandmother. As Sunny unwraps her gift, I am all smiles. A Barbie doll head greets her first which is sitting upon a crocheted body. Hidden underneath this body was a roll of toilet paper. This was priceless to me as I looked at Sunny’s facial expression and all the comments surroundings this gift. She too was speechless at her gift. It was moments like these that I loved, where I lived inside Sunny’s head, thinking I knew exactly what she was thinking, glad that the author let me have these moments without any printed words to tell me what to consider. Living with grandpa is not easy for Sunny even though Sunny pretends it is. Sunny is good at keeping things inside, not airing her voice, she has done it at home and she continues to do it here in Florida. When she finally meets Buzz, it was entertaining when they bonded over comic books. She finally had someone her age to keep her occupied and engaged. I really thought the ending of this novel was wonderful and completed the story. This is an excellent graphic novel.