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Ways to Make Sunshine

Ways to Make Sunshine

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Ryan Hart loves to spend time with her friends, loves to invent recipies, and has a lot on her mind school, self-image, and family. Her dad finally has a new job, but money is tight. That means changes like selling their second car and moving into a new (old) house. But Ryan is a girl who knows how to make sunshine out of setbacks. Because Ryan is all about trying to see the best. Even when things aren t all she would wish for her brother is infuriating.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020
ISBN: 9781547606658
Call Number: jF WATS
Characteristics: 177 p. : black and white ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Mata, Nina 1981-- Illustrator


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This story about the ups and downs of family life in Portland is the first in a new series--and perfect for Ramona Quimby fans.

A darling early chapter book (and first in a new series) from revered author Renee Watson.

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I enjoyed this realistic fiction book about a girl named Ryan Hart who loves to cook. Ryan is a typical 4th grader dealing with typical 4th grade things. The chapters are short and the font was bigger which is nice for kids who have just graduated to chapter books. I recommend this book for kids in 3rd - 5th grade who like realistic fiction.

Dec 22, 2020


Tigard_HollyCP Aug 06, 2020

When 4th grader Ryan moves into a “new old house,” she finds a box of keepsakes in her closet, maybe left by the old owner. Though she is facing a lot of loss, searching for its owner is one way she can make sunshine. One silver lining in this whole dark cloud is that she has moved closer to one of her best friends, KiKi. But her other best friend, Amanda, moved all the way to Lake Oswego (yep, the book takes place in Oregon) into a big house with a pool. Is her friendship with Amanda strong enough to compete with all her new friends? Will she find the owner of the keepsakes from her closet? I love the way the relationship between Ryan and her older brother is portrayed. The author has obviously spent some time around bickering siblings who love each other, or remembers it clearly enough from her own childhood, because their relationship is spot on.

OPL_KIDS Jul 24, 2020

The first of what promises to be a delightful new series for middle grade readers, Ways to Make Sunshine is a story filled with family, faith, and friendship. Ryan Hart, a Portland fourth-grader, is forced to relocate to another part of town with her family when her father loses his job. Ryan is quirky, charming, and completely relatable. From prepping for a talent show, testing new recipes, searching for the family that once lived in their rental home, and dealing with an older brother, Ryan proves to be a character that you can’t help but root for. For those with similar lives, this story provides an opportunity to relate and for those with different lives, this story provides an opportunity to see inside a realistic family with realistic concerns.

Reviewed by Miss Rachel


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