Monday 23 March 2015

Spotlight on Sunny by Keris Stainton

 ‘You’ll phone us every day,’ Sunny’s dad said, squeezing her against his chest.  She could feel her hair vibrating where his mouth rested on the top of her  head.
‘Yes, I’ve said I will,’ Sunny said.’Please don’t wipe your nose on my headscarf.’
Published by Catnip in March 2015
Pages - 203
After winning a local film competition, Sunny and her best friends Kitty and Hannah are off to do a film-making course - in London! Sunny can't believe her dad has let her come on her own (even if he has asked her to phone every day...) Sunny is loving the film-making classes and hanging out with their new friend - lovely, funny Will. Sunny knows that these things don't fit with the future her parents want for her and she starts to wonder what she really wants. And that's not even the biggest thing on her mind - there's also the big secret she's hiding from her best friends...
In this series, Keris Stainton presents the teenagers of today, writing about their hopes and dreams as well as the difficulties they face in life, without making a big deal about them.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the multicultural feel to it and the fact that the  main character, Sunny was a Muslim.This author is waving  the flag for a new generation of diverse main characters, by showing how individual and unique each teenager is,  celebrating their differences rather than ridiculing them.
I know very little about life as a Muslim, so it was extremely interesting to read about the customs and routines of a British Muslim teen.  Sunny’s parents are quite strict about her upbringing, and Sunny embraces their views rather than rebelling against them. She has strong religious beliefs and knows exactly what she wants out of life. She comes across as a wonderful role model and a well adjusted teen. It was fascinating to watch her blossom on her first trip away from home.
I haven’t read the first book in this series, Starring Kitty, but I will definitely be reading it soon. A fantastic portrayal of British teens.


  1. Great review. I just got both these books looking forward to reviewing them. x

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