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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Book One (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Series) Hardcover – March 24, 2015
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this combination of ghost and coming-of-age story, readers follow Sunshine Griffith as she navigates the obstacles of a new school, boys, family, and, of course, her new and very haunted home. Sunshine and her mom move to Washington state from Texas for her mom's job. Their once strong and open relationship is soon sorely tested, not by the move but by something more supernatural. Sunshine starts to hear a little girl laughing and skipping around upstairs—a sound that only she can hear. She is soon fighting for her mother's life in this suspenseful tale. The chapters alternate between Sunshine's and the ghost's points of view, offering different perspectives on events. 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 (both S. & S.) should consider picking up this creepy debut. VERDICT A good choice for readers who enjoy Holly Black—Julie Zimmerman, School Library Journal
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.”
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 710)
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
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
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
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First thing that I love is the realness of Sunshine. She is not a perfect young girl who is having to deal with injustices heaped upon her. The way the book is written you are able to experience her feelings, her fears and the evolution of her strength.
We are able to see what a move to a new place does to her as well as the way she responds to the darkness that seems to be trying to envelop her mother and her. Through the book we are also able to see that thanks to Nolan, Sunshine doesn't have to try to figure out things for herself. He is there to help, but are they really prepared for what is to come?
I would have to say the great thing about this book is that it shows what someone who truly loves another is willing to do in order to save them---regardless of them danger to themselves. That, to me, is one of the greatest things about the way Sunshine Griffith is brought to life on the page. She truly loves the woman she calls mom, and that love takes her down a road that she can't soon escape.
THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL is a fast-paced read that will make you want to see what else Paige McKenzie might have up her sleeves. Since reading the book I have not gone to the web-series (as I am sure others will as well), just to get an idea of what is next.
Definitely a book that is great for readers of all ages to enjoy, this is one that is sure to be considered one of the highlights of 2015 for me.
I pretty much burned through this book. There is enough suspense to keep me wanting more, but towards the end -- that is where this book really hooked me, and made me want to start the next one right away. This story slowly unravels, until we get to the really cool story of what Sunshine is and what her destiny is. The ending, is all action, and the very ending!! O_o
Overall: cool story with plenty of thrills and chills, but also lots of humor too.
Never have I read a book that has me at the edge of my seat since the first chapter, and it doesn't let me go till the end.
So looking forward to part two, and three.
Besides her cringeworthy catch phrases I really did enjoy the story and I had not watched the YouTube series before reading. It's a very quick and easy read!