The Haunting and Awakening of Sunshine Girl

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is based on the YouTube web series of the same name.

Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother, Kat, move from sunny Austin, Texas to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the moment they arrive, Sunshine feels her world darken with an eeriness she cannot place. And even if Kat doesn’t recognize it, Sunshine knows that something about their new house is just… creepy.

— From the book jacket of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

In The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, Sunshine and her mom have just moved into a house that Sunshine is convinced is haunted. It starts out as your average routine haunting– footsteps and laughter in the night, doors opening and closing, things moving on their own. But it soon escalates into a full-blown nightmare, with just enough creeptastic scenes to make you want to sleep with the lights on for a few days. Along the way, Sunshine meets a boy named Nolan– the only person who seems to believe Sunshine– who helps her try to figure out who is haunting her house, and why. What they learn, not just about the ghost, but Sunshine herself, changes everything. It wraps up with a terrifying finale as Sunshine attempts to free the ghost from her house, as well as the dark spirit that has also taken up residence.

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I’ll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them.

But three years later, at sixteen, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways…

— From the book jacket of I’ll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun is the story of twins, Noah and Jude (or NoahandJude, as they often refer to themselves). Both are incredibly talented young artists–Noah draws, Jude sculpts–destined for the prestigious art school in town. When their mother is tragically killed, the twins drift further and further apart, not just from each other, but from the life they once had.

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