Sunny Rolls the Dice
by Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm
* * * * Stars (Great!)
Sunny is settling into middle school and discovering that she and her best friend Deb are starting to develop different interests. Deb is super into fashion, boys, and being cool (or rather, “groovy”). Sunny, on the other hand, wants to play D&D (Dungeons and Dragons) with some other friends. For awhile, Sunny is keen to increase her grooviness score, but when it means she has to give up the things she likes to do (and follow a bunch of unwritten rules that don’t make any sense to her), Sunny takes a stand. Being true to herself and following her own interests are more important than being cool or popular. Sunny’s confusion and enthusiasm are realistic, as are her friendship quandaries. It’s refreshing to see her overcome her struggles and embrace her passions. The D&D gaming sessions are particularly fun and interesting.
Reviewed by YA Librarian