Author: Coleen Murtagh Paratore
Series: Sunny Holiday (Book #1)
Grade Level Equivalent:
African American, Holidays, Pride and Self-Esteem, Parents
While her father serves time in prison, nine-year-old optimist Sunny Holiday makes the best of her time with her mother by searching for joy in each day and coming up with ideas for a new local holiday which would honor children.
Sunny thinks that every month should have a kid-friendly holiday. Valentine's Day, July 4th, and Christmas definitely fit the bill — but months like January and August are lacking. So Sunny takes it upon herself to make new holidays for the months that need them, getting her friends and family involved.
Sunny is headstrong, funny, and trying to make the best out of every situation — whether it involves holidays or family problems. She's got spirit to spare — and you can't help but love her for it.
"Told in Sunny’s optimistic voice, the story successfully depicts the way she and her mother appreciate what life has to offer in spite of its hardships. The author of The Wedding Planner’s Daughter series leads Sunny's story to a cheerful conclusion that will leave readers hoping for a sequel." — Booklist
"The plot in this chapter book is clever and engaging." — Cape Cod Times
"Coleen Paratore is becoming one of those authors who can churn out a winner with every plot. With Sunny Holiday, Paratore works her magic again." — Winston-Salem Journal