THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL by Paige McKenzie

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Sunshine doesn’t mind moving from Texas to Washington State. She has to leave her good friends behind, but she still has her best friend–her mother–and she is thrilled that her mom got this awesome new job opportunity. But when they arrive in their new house, it quickly becomes clear to Sunshine that something is wrong. There are strange noises in the night, and unexplained occurrences that can only mean one thing: ghosts. But her mother doesn’t believe her. And worse than that, something seems to be taking hold of her mother’s mind and changing her. With the help of her new friend Nolan, Sunshine races to find out what is happening to her mother before it is too late, and in the process, stumbles upon a secret about herself that she never could have imagined.

I never got into the web series, of the same name but I loved this novel adaptation, which has a quicker start, more character development, and a fleshed-out plot.  It has all of the elements of a creepy ghost story, as well as the start of a suspenseful fantasy series with an endearing heroine. I highly recommend it to teen readers to enjoy ghost stories, coming-of-age stories, and suspense!

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