I received a copy of “Call Me Sunflower” ($15.99 Amazon value) in exchange for this promotion. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.
About the Book
Sunny Beringer hates her first name—her real first name—Sunflower. And she hates that her mom has suddenly left behind her dad, Scott, and uprooted their family miles away from New Jersey to North Carolina just so she can pursue some fancy degree. Sunny has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, and she’s had to leave her beloved cat and all her friends behind. And no one else seems to think anything is wrong.
So she creates “Sunny Beringer’s Totally Awesome Plan for Romance”—a list of sure-fire ways to make her mom and Scott fall madly in love again, including:
*Send Mom flowers from a “Secret Admirer” to make Scott jealous and make him regret letting them move so far away.
*Make a playlist of Scott’s favorite love songs—the mushier the better—and make sure it’s always playing in the car.
*Ask them about the good old days when they first fell in love.
But while working on a photo album guaranteed to make Mom change her mind and rush them right back home, Sunny discovers a photo—one that changes everything.
Sunny’s family, the people she thought she could trust most in the world, have been keeping an enormous secret from her. And she’ll have to reconcile her family’s past and present, or she’ll lose everything about their future.
Call Me Sunflower is actually a great quick read. It is also totally age appropriate for middle-school ages 8-12. It teaches a great life lesson to youngsters that life isn’t perfect and that sometimes our fairy tale minds think how life and situations SHOULD be, but in truth don’t always work out to our expectation and that we still need to preserver. Sunny’s life is complicated and bumpy just like all of ours, but there is joy and happiness in making life work out. Sunny didn’t always get for what she wished for but finally realized….that was okay.
Call Me Sunflower can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and anywhere children’s books are sold.
About the Author
Miriam Spitzer Franklin is a former elementary and middle school teacher who currently teaches homeschooled students and is a writer in residence with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She is also the author of Extraordinary. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and two cats in North Carolina.