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Swing It, Sunny

Swing It, Sunny
Jennifer L. Holm
Graphix, 2017
Source: Library
Audience: Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
Summer's over and it's time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of . . . middle school. When her Gramps calls her from Florida to ask how she's doing, she always tells him she's fine. But the truth? Sunny is NOT having the best time. 
Not only is the whole middle school thing confusing . . . but life at home is confusing, too. Sunny misses her brother Dale, who's been sent to boarding school. But when Dale comes back, she STILL misses him . . . because he's changed. 
Luckily Sunny's got her best friend and a mysterious new neighbor on her side . . . because she is NOT going let all this confusion get her down. Instead, she's going to remain Sunny-side up!

I loved how bright Swing It, Sunny was. The story was interesting, and I appreciated that it was a historical fiction graphic novel. Also, I liked how the book handled Sunny’s troublesome brother: it didn’t shy away from it but didn’t make the situation more dramatic or detailed than what it needed to be. Addressing Sunny’s emotions was helpful, too because having her brother gone would definitely affect her as well. Overall, very well done!