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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Sunny Makes a Splash is set in the 1970s and showcases that decade's fashions and pop culture.
Being dependable at work usually leads to more responsibilities and better pay. It's possible to conquer fear and accomplish feats of personal courage.
Positive Role Models
Sunny Lewin is a bright, sweet-natured 12-year-old who wants the independence that comes with a first job. She quickly proves her value as an employee and makes new, older friends. Sunny brings the best out of herself and other people.
Most of the people in Sunny's circle are White, with the exception of a dark-skinned lifeguard.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sunny Makes a Splash is the fourth volume in the series of funny and affecting middle-grade graphic novels by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, the sister-and-brother team behind the Babymouse and Squish graphic-novel series for younger readers. Here, 12-year-old Sunny Lewin learns about responsibility when she starts working at the swim club's snack bar. And there's the faintest hint of romance.
Is It Any Good?
First jobs are especially memorable, and this charming graphic novel portrays the joys of an entry-level job. Author Jennifer L. Holm and illustrator Matthew Holm focus on the pleasures of a summer job: new friends, budding romances, and earning money. Sunny matures over the course of the summer, becoming interested in one "sweet" boy, learning to navigate between the attitudes of her mother and her grandfather, and daring to try new scary things. The stakes are low, but Sunny is such a genuinely nice kid that readers can't help but root for her.
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