Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Book Review - Call Me Sunflower by Miriam Spitzer Franklin

 
Review by Suze
 
Sunflower doesn't like her name very much and prefers to be called Sunny. Sunny and her sister Autumn used to live in New Jersey, but as their mother wanted to go back to university they left Scott, their dad, behind and moved in with their grandmother in North Carolina. Sunny misses her father and her friends. She doesn't know much about her grandmother, but as she sells fur Sunny isn't interested in finding out more, because she thinks it's cruel. Sunny has a plan to make her mother and Scott fall in love again, so they can go back to the life she used to love. Will she succeed or are things not exactly as she was let to believe and what will Sunny do when she finds out the truth about her family?
 
Call Me Sunflower is a beautiful emotional story. Sunny doesn't like living with her grandmother and going to a new school is daunting. She isn't sure how to make friends when she doesn't want to stay, she doesn't know how to have fun without her best friend and father and she misses her old life. My heart ached for her when I read her plans to get her old life back. Sunny has problems finding her place at school and has the tough decision to make if she wants to hang out with the popular crowd or the kids she really likes. Everything is different and she isn't coping too well. When Sunny finds out that things she should have known have been kept from her she's even more confused. She's on a journey to find herself again after everything she's been through and I admired her for trying to make the best of every situation and for fighting for what she believes in.
 
Miriam Spitzer Franklin has a wonderful warm writing style. She vividly describes everything Sunny is feeling, both the good and the bad. I could easily picture Sunny's plans, her grief and her hope. Change is always difficult, especially without understanding every aspect of it, which is something Miriam Spitzer Franklin writes about in a fantastic empathic way. I loved Call Me Sunflower, it's a stunning moving story about a special girl and it has plenty of different layers. I highly recommend this brilliant book to both children and adults.
 
Advice
 
If you love beautiful middle grade stories you should definitely read Call Me Sunflower.

19 comments:

  1. Great review! This is a book I'm going to check out.

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  2. Sounds like a winner! I can totally understand her desire to want to be called Sunny though...even if her and her sister's names are a matched set. Thanks for the share!

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  3. This actualy sounds very nice. I have it on my Wish List now.

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  4. Sounds good thanks for the review!

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  5. It sounds beautiful, I love sunflowers!

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  6. I enjoyed reading this review, it certainly sounds like a tearjerker to me, I get so into the story that I feel for the characters and it often means tears fall.

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  7. Sounds touching for all ages!

    --Trix

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  8. I love reading stories like this in the spring and summer. Just fit my mood. I like the character's names , Sunny and Autumn.

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  9. This sounds like a good book for school libraries as change effects everyone.

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  10. I could have used a book like this when I was younger. It would have been helpful.

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  11. Sounds like a good, emotional young teen read :)

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  12. Call me Sunflower sounds very good, looking forward to read :)
    Great review Suze!

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  13. I think my niece will enjoy this one as well.

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  14. Intriguing review. I want to know what she finds out. I think Siân would enjoy this.

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  15. This story sounds wonderful. I will have to check it out. Thanks for the awesome review.

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  16. thank you for this great review, i don't think i'm ready for this book but i do like that the author showed both side good and bad and didn't focus on only one

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