Sunny’s world is turned upside down when her mother decides to move her and sister from New Jersey to North Carolina. Now she must leave behind everything she knows: her dad, friends, and cat, to go live with the grandmother she barely knows. In North Carolina Sunny puts together several plans to reunite her family and reclaim the life she knows, but, will she succeed or will she simply drive a wedge between herself and everyone in her life?
With her second foray into middle grade fiction, author Miriam Spitzer Franklin dazzles readers. Call Me Sunflower is a beautiful and poignant tale of family and rediscovery. Sunflower, Sunny for short, has found herself on unstable ground for the first time in her life. Already living with a grandparent she doesn’t know in a different state then her father, who’s never officially adopted her, Sunny is already struggling, but when she finds out a secret about her family it uproots her already shaky foundation completely.
Once again Spitzer Franklin proves to have a gift for perfectly capturing the struggle of a young protagonist in the face of some rather grown-up issues. Sunny’s desperate attempts to find a way to get back to the life she had is the realistic and very relatable portrayal of a young girl caught in the consequences of her own actions and unable to find the way out. Delivered with a strong authenticity, readers cannot help but see themselves in Sunny and experience everything with her. Call Me Sunflower is a must read that offers something to readers of any age.
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Sky Pony Press
Violence/Gore: Girl wants to shake man; character gets scratches picking flowers; many references to harm and death of animals in relation to the fur industry; reference to possible parental death; character hits finger with hammer; several references to man’s death; character bites finger; animal attacked by dogs, sustains serious injuries.
Mature Subject Matter:
Adoption, animal rights, family.
Alcohol / Drug Use: