Ways to Make Sunshine: Ryan Hart, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Bloomsbury presents Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson, read by Sisi Aisha Johnson.
From Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson comes the first book in a young middle grade series about Ryan Hart, a girl who is pure spirit, kindness and sunshine.
Ryan Hart has a lot on her mind – school, self-image and especially family. Her dad finally has a new job, but money is tight. That means some changes, like selling their second car and moving into a new (old) house. But Ryan is a girl who knows how to make sunshine out of setbacks. As her brother says when he raps about her, she’s got the talent that matters most: it’s a talent that can’t be seen, she’s nice, not mean!
Ryan is all about trying to see the best in people, to be a good daughter, a good sister, a good friend. But even if her life isn’t everything she would wish for, when her big brother is infuriating, her parents don’t quite understand and the unexpected happens, she always finds a way forward, with grace and wit. And plenty of sunshine.
Acclaimed author Renée Watson writes her own version of Ramona Quimby, one starring a Black girl and her family, in this start to a charming new series.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 51 minutes|
|Narrator||Sisi Aisha Johnson|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 30, 2020|
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Publishing Plc|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #44,837 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#335 in Family Life Fiction for Children
#620 in Children's New Experiences Books
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2022
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Ryan finds herself surrounded by friendship and family love which she creatively reciprocates.
Watson's Ways to Make Sunshine reminds me of the Gaither Sisters Trilogy,(One Crazy Summer,P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama). This series concerns an African American family with a different family dynamic lightly interspersed with the events of the 1960's and how these events affect the family. Watson's Ways to Make Sunshine celebrates modern times, without the current events. Both authors incorporate similar family values
with sprinkles of wisdom as each family strives to make a good life for themselves.
If you enjoyed this series, you will love Watson's Ways to Make Sunshine, a well written story and a memorable,delightful experience.