The sunflower farm was the most boring place on earth. Until weird things started happening…What’s the most boring place in the world? The farm. After his mother’s death, Sol is sent to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle, but with no cell service and only an old dinosaur of a computer, Sol’s not sure how he’s going to survive. But his boredom is interrupted by strangThe sunflower farm was the most boring place on earth. Until weird things started happening…What’s the most boring place in the world? The farm. After his mother’s death, Sol is sent to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle, but with no cell service and only an old dinosaur of a computer, Sol’s not sure how he’s going to survive. But his boredom is interrupted by strange sounds at night, the discovery of a mysterious cave, and stuff that starts to sound an awful lot like a bedtime story his mother used to tell him when he was small…that just might be true......
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15 year old Sol is still grieving the loss of his mother, and his father who doesn't want to talk about the past is no comfort. When he goes to stay with his aunt and uncle on their farm, he encounters a strange new friend, a mysterious cave, and a diary left by his mother. Desperate to connect to his mother somehow, Sol devours the dairy and learns of a magical place his mother wrote about. I really enjoyed this book. It was a little slow to start, but once mysterious things began to happen, I was hooked! My only after though would be that I imagined the character much younger from his interactions and thoughts. I was surprised when I looked up how old he was again after I was finished. Overall, it was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to others!
Sol (15 y.o.) and his dad are still struggling a year after the death of Sol's mother, but in different ways. Sol spends time being moody and reading and missing his mom, while his father spends time drinking a little more than he should. Neither of them is very happy with the other's way of coping, and when a conference comes up for Sol's dad, Sol is left to spend some time with an aunt and uncle he barely knows on their sunflower farm.But while Sol starts out bored, odd things start happening and he sets out to find out what they are. What he finds helps him learn more about his mom and her stories, and how some of them just might be real. He also learns a lot about himself and about friendship, and even a little about love.I enjoyed the novel very much, though it started a little rough. Give it a couple of chapters, and you will start to really like these people and want to spend the rest of the book with them. I especially like the mysterious girl, and how Sol and she relate. Their different reasons for being isolated helped them form a bond, and their shared quest for the truth solidified it. Well done!I recommend this to teens, and even mature tweens. The content is clean, so those worried about how YA can trend toward sex and swearing will be relieved.Reposted from My Comfy Chair review blog.
Sunlight CL BledsoeAt first, the connections to the sun, seem a bit forced: the protagonist’s name, Sol, means sun, his spends weeks on a sunflower farm, he discovers a cave with many little suns drawn on the walls among other pictures, he reads a fairy-tale type story written by his mother about a journey to the land beyond darkness where there is always light, and he makes a friend who is allergic to the sun. However, as the story unfolds, it begins to connect. Sol’s own life is going through a dark time, and like a rising sun, the proverbial light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel (which the story also has a scientific answer for) begins to reenter his life. This YA story, would be great as a guided reading, as most young teens may not make the connections that there is light after darkness, and new days are certain to be different after tragedies, but they can bring goodness and hope. I think it could be the catalyst for some therapeutic discussions. My favorite part of the theme was when a girl, who lives in darkness, brings light into Sol’s life.
I have always been one to profess that a book isn't enjoyable simply because of the setting or topic it is about. What really sets a story apart is the magic the author infuses into it. Sunlight is exhibit "A" of this theory. Sunlight is a very simple, wholesome story about a boy stuck between childhood and adulthood, struggling with some very mature issues like the loss of his mother and his father's addiction to alcohol. He visits his Aunt's farms with the plan to stay there a week or two while his father settles some things at work. He soon discovers a cave, a new friend and links to his mother's past, all while staying at this old farmhouse and the land it is built on. The author combines all of these simple elements to construct a story full of intrigue, mystery, adventure, family and friendship, with an wonderful ending which makes me wonder if there will be a book two. Well done.