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Mar 15 2008

Sunny side up by Marion Roberts

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Allen and Unwin, 2008
(Age 11-14) This book has Sunny, the optimistic but introverted daughter of a naturopath, giving the readers a warts and all account of her life. She and her best friend, Claud run a pizza delivery service on Friday nights, Sunny's mum is about to have her boyfriend, Carl move in, along with his two obnoxious kids and a cat, Sunny's dog, Willow is a bum sniffer and on it goes, a litany of stories all set to collide in an amazingly funny way.

In between, Sunny's tangent monitor rings, as she not only describes what is happening but goes off in different directions, many of which have little to do with the plot but all add a different dimension to the girl's character. All in all, a very funny read for upper primary and lower secondary readers, happy to be diverted with a clever and humorous story, written with charm and alacrity.
Fran Knight

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