THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL by Paige McKenzie

THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL

From the "Haunting of Sunshine Girl" series, volume 1
Age Range: 12 - 16
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Paranormal activity threatens to consume the life of a not-so-average teenage girl.

In the wake of her 16th birthday, Sunshine and her mother move to the Pacific Northwest to start fresh. Spooky doings begin in the pair's new house almost immediately, but only Sunshine is able to truly feel the spirit's presence. With the help of her cute and artsy school chum, Nolan, Sunshine works to unravel the specter's mysteries before it’s too late. In doing so, Sunshine discovers some things about her past that set her on a path she could never have imagined. The author's adaptation of her popular YouTube series successfully translates the bumps and thrills fans will be looking for. The tone of the novel is neither grotesque horror nor cheap thrills but the sweet spot in between. It's important for a horror novel to be equal parts scary and fun, and the author achieves an excellent balance here. The book's final pages plant seeds for sequels, but if readers were to stop here, they would find themselves feeling quite satisfied, though further reading will be hard to resist. 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. (Paranormal suspense. 12-16)

Pub Date: March 24th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-60286-272-2
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Weinstein Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2015




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