I love a good graphic novel, and I have an intense love of the series Babymouse by this sibling duo, so I dove right into their latest collaboration, Sunny Side Up. This tells the story of 10 year old Sunny (oh it's also set in 1976 - which was AWESOME) who is sent to visit her grandfather in sunny Florida for the summer...a dream come true right? But Sunny finds herself among the senior set in a over 55 community and to boot, the reader learns that something bad happened at home to send her to the sunshine state. The illustrations are wonderful, there are some really fun parts but ultimately the book deals with a heavy topic, drug addiction and how it affects the entire family. This is a heavy topic for any reader, but it can be especially tricky for the 9-12s. The Holms duo handles this perfectly and they don't leave middle grade reader scarred. A great addition to any graphic novel collection.
Book Description via Amazon
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. . .