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Call Me Sunflower

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  75 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
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 n ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Sky Pony Press
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Stacie Boren
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to #kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟Call Me Sunflower by Miriam Spitzer Franklin. Sunflower is an eleven year old girl struggling with middle school issues. She hates her name and prefers to be called Sunny. Her mother has chosen to pursue her Masters Degree and moved the girls away from their Dad, in New Jersey,  into their Grandmothers house in South Carolina. Sunny is in a new school with new people and knows no one. She needs to come up wi ...more
Sage Knightly
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it

      Call me Sunflower is an achingly realistic tale about new beginnings, the struggle of making new friends, and how young children deal with the possibility of their parents splitting. Sunflower struggles with so much and she makes a lot of mistakes in her journey to understand everything. This is truly an inspiring tale.

      Sunflower is eleven and already she has to move somewhere new without her father. New home, new school, new people. They have to leave her dad behind and she can't
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I won't lie: books that take place in my home state are a huge draw for me. Living in the politically-dubious but naturally beautiful state of North Carolina, I am graced with plenty of choices. Thanks, Sarah Dessen and Nicholas Sparks!

Why so many authors come from here, choose to live here, or deign to write about this place may always be a mystery to me, but it's one reason I read the hot-off-the-press middle grade release from Skyhorse Publishing, Call Me Sunflower, by Miriam Spitzer Franklin
Wendy MacKnight
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
Had an opportunity to read the ARC and I loved this book! A gem of a story!
Lucy Annis-Bercier
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Call me sunflower is the first book I have read by Miriam Spitzer Franklin and I really like her style and I think she interprets a 12 year old girl very well. It’s about a girl named Sunflower or Sunny which is what she prefers because Sunflower is a very unique name, a bit too unique for her. She is forced to move all the way across the country, away from her almost dad Scott, her cat Bellaluna and all her friends. Her grandmother sells animal fur and she’s angry at her for that. On top of all ...more
Liz Friend
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
The story: Unhappy that her mom has uprooted the family (and left father figure Scott behind), Sunflower launches her master plan to reignite her parents' romance and get them back together--and the family back to New Jersey. As each part of her plan goes awry, Sunny is forced to come to the conclusion that sometimes, you just have to play the hand you're dealt. But how do you make it fun?

June Cleaver's ratings: Language G; Violence G; Sexual content G; Nudity G; Substance abuse G; Magic & t
Izze Brand
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book because you almost feel like your in the same room as Sunny. The author describes the setting very well. Sunny is trying to make her parents fall in love again, but not everything goes as planned.
Jo-ann Walsh
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to @kidlitexchange (#partner) for the review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Call Me Sunflower is the story of a young girl named Sunflower who prefers to be called Sunny. She has recently moved to her Grandmother’s house with her mom and her sister Autumn so that her mom can go back to school. Sunny is not happy about the move, or that she had to leave her dad and cat behind. She isn’t happy about living with her Grandmother who likes everyt
Suze Lavender
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sunflower doesn't like her name very much and prefers to be called Sunny. Sunny and her sister Autumn used to live in New Jersey, but as their mother wanted to go back to university they left Scott, their dad, behind and moved in with their grandmother in North Carolina. Sunny misses her father and her friends. She doesn't know much about her grandmother, but as she sells fur Sunny isn't interested in finding out more, because she thinks it's cruel. Sunny has a plan to make her mother and Scott ...more
Carrie Westmoreland Kurtz
Call Me Sunflower is a pretty good middle grade novel that, when the plot twist came to light, caught me completely off guard! I won't say what it was because I certainly don't want to ruin the book for anyone else, but I really didn't see it coming! Not at all.

There were several things that I enjoyed about this book. First of all, for a middle grade book, the storyline had a lot of deep, impactful subjects and they were all written very well. I felt so bad for Sunny, having to move from her dad
Louisa Dang
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this middle-grade novel about a girl moving to a new state with her mother and younger sister. At first, we don't know much about Sunny's parents -- she calls her dad "Scott," and gradually we find out that she was adopted. Sunny and her sister are in the dark about why her parents are no longer living together -- the explanation given is that their mother wants to attend graduate school, and they'll only be living in NC with their grandmother for two years. Sunny hatches a plan t ...more
American Mensa
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Call Me Sunflower is an interesting book, with many details and situations. Sunny, or Sunflower, moves to a different state, away from her father. Her, her mom, and her sister stay at their grandmother’s house. Sunny really wants her father and mother to get back together, so she writes down bunches of ideas to make her father come back. When all of them fail, she doesn’t give up. My favorite part, is when she tried to tell her dad that her mom was very sad, so he needed to send her cucumbers, f ...more
Lauren Harding
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Call Me Sunflower is a story of adventure. Sunflower, also called Sunny, has to move from New Jersey to North Carolina to live with her grandmother. Sunny doesn't exactly like moving in with her grandmother and does not like moving to a new school. Sunny has a hard time making new friends. She makes a creative plan to get her Mom and her "Dad" (Scott) back together so she, her Mom, and her sister Autumn, can move back to New Jersey.
I would recommend this book for all ages. I loved Call Me Sunflo
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Upper elementary age and middle grade students will enjoy this story of 6th grader, Sunny, who has moved with her mother and sister to live with her grandmother. Sunny wants to move back home to where her father lives and she plots and plans ways to get her parents back together. When she learns that her parents have been lying to her all along, Sunny decides that she needs to make sure she gets home to her dad. Along the way she learns lessons about friendship, family, and life.
Two BookWorms Blog
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All Sunny really wants to do is to get her parents back together, so she develops “Sunny’s Super-Stupendous Plan to Get Mom and Dad Back Together.” It includes playing on the feelings of both parents because she is sure the love still exists between them. She needs them to be a family once more!

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Melody Delgado
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author has created a likeable main character and has also portrayed realistic adults. This was a fun read. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book about understanding family struggles through the eyes of a middle school girl. So many lessons to learn from friendship to stressful situations.
Katie Atmakur
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so incredible i love every page of it the author of it is so talented!!
Kristi Bell
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. Book about a girl who finds out about her past and learns to deal with her future. Nice, clean middle school read.

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Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing else that can describe this book except; so good!!!!!!!!!!!
This is one of my favorite books of all time!!!!!!!
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Call Me Sunflower is splendid, Miriam Spitzer Franklin delivers another "must read". Like Extraordinary, Call Me Sunflower is a perfect mix of entertainment and deep thinking about love, family and growing up.

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Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars)
Miriam Spitzer Franklin really has an amazing writing style. This is the 2nd of 3 books that I've read by her, and she has a beautiful writing style.

Sunflower, or Sunny, is faced with the challenge of moving away from her father in New Jersey to live with her rich grandmother. She is worried her parents are getting divorced so she comes up with a plan to make sure that doesn't happen. Things start to fall apart and Sunny gets desperate, and makes a choice that could ruin her relation
Jaina Rose
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: blogged
This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

Call Me Sunflower is a rather . . . odd book. I guess that's a good thing, but I think it doesn't quite hit the mark with me.

For one thing, I'm rather horrified that Sunny's parents kept her so in the dark about her past and their present relationship. No one should be that clueless and uncertain about their family dynamics, and her mother has done both Sunny and her sister a huge disservice by keeping everything murky. Also, this whole id
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Naomi Moore
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! I think young readers will enjoy reading about Sunny's family's move to North Carolina from New Jersey and her challenges with fitting into a new school and community. Her plans to reunite her parents so that they will move back give great insight on the lengths a young girl might go through to get back to a life she used to know. It was inspiring to see how she makes it through tough times and finds some unexpected happiness along the way.
Yolanda Ridge
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
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