Paige McKenzie, the irresistible face of The Haunting of
Sunshine Girl, began playing Sunshine as a high school junior.
Today, the YouTube series boasts hundreds of millions of views.
Paige lives in Portland, Oregon.
Nancy Ohlin is the author of the young adult novels Consent, Beauty, and Always, Forever and has also contributed to a number of celebrity novels and bestselling series.
"If teens gobbled up the fast-paced, thrilling events
surrounding Sunshine Griffith and her mother, Kat, in The
Haunting of Sunshine Girl (Weinstein, 2015), they're sure to
enjoy the new twists and turns of this latest series installment...
McKenzie continues to write in an authentic teen voice that sucks
readers in until the end. Fans ready to graduate from R.L. Stine's
Goosebumps or those looking for a mix of Carolyn Keene's Nancy
Drew and DC Comic's Scooby Doo will find just what
they need in this paranormal series"
-- School Library Journal
"The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has all the makings of a
creepy story without being straight-up horror. The terrifying
moments are strong and seamlessly handled. The reader is right
there alongside Sunshine as she first doubts her own perceptions,
then fearlessly makes friends with a ghost and resolves to save the
day. Her relationship with her mom is touching and real, and her
loyal friend Nolan is the perfect sidekick. Teens who loved
Goosebumps will be spooked and satisfied by the adventures of
-- Allison Chopin, New York Daily News
"The Haunting of Sunshine Girl starts with mysterious
ghostly laughter late one night. The laughter quickly turns to
horror. It seems Sunshine Griffith has moved into a house haunted
by many evil spirits. Trust me - these spirits will haunt YOU, too.
I was on the edge of my seat from the very first page."
-- R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street
"Enthralling! Shivers of anticipation creep up and terrifying,
ancient revelations come thick and fast. Sunshine Girl is a winner
for fans of teen horror!"
-- Anya Allyn, author of The Dark Carousel series
"Fans ready to graduate from R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps"
(Scholastic) or those looking for a mix of Carolyn Keene's "Nancy
Drew" and DC Comic's "Scooby Doo" will find just what they need in
this paranormal series. VERDICT Teens who enjoyed the previous
volume or the author's YouTube channel will dive into this latest
entry of ghost mischief."
-- Julie Zimmerman, School Library Review
"For a truly 'adorkable' heroine and a lot of mischief and
Monopoly-playing ghosts, pick this up!"
-- Jessie Potts, USA Today
"Love, betrayal, tortured choices and a fabulous vintage
motorcycle all factor into this thrilling YA paranormal story. You
may not be able to put this book down once you begin reading it.
Take my advice: Start reading The Awakening of Sunshine Girl on a
Friday night so you'll have fewer distractions over the next two
-- Rochelle Campbell
"Read if you dare!"
"Sunshine's adventure is filled with bumps in the night and
shadowy figures, alluding to a larger mystery and larger world that
has plenty to offer imaginative readers who grew up on Goosebumps
and the like. Suspenseful, exciting and endlessly
-- Kirkus Review
"Sunshine's powers are unique. She doesn't just help humans
the afterlife; her empathy allows her to feel connections to their whole lived experience, a power that proves both dangerous and useful... Sunshine continues to be a likable protagonist who strives to grow into herself and her unusual role in life. A cliff-hanger ending will have fans clamoring for the third installment."
"Sunshine's story started as a YouTube series, and this creepy,
suspenseful story condenses the plot of the original and offers a
more polished voice than the videos. Existing fans won't be the
only ones eager for more of this strong but vulnerable heroine just
awakening to her potential."
-- Booklist (Grades 7-10)
"The plot moves along smoothly and rapidly, and the writing is
graceful and wonderfully polished... It's hard not to finish The
Haunting of Sunshine Girl."
-- Lev Grossman, Time Magazine
"The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie is based on the
YouTube web series phenomena and will prove to be an enduringly
popular addition to school and community library YA fiction
-- James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review
"This sometimes frightening tale and series opener is based on a
YouTube channel of the same name, so transmedia fans can enjoy both
formats. Readers who appreciated Holly Black's Doll Bones (2013) or
Cassandra Clare's City of Bones series ... should consider picking
up this creepy debut."
-- Julie Zimmerman, School Library Journal
"When teen prodigy Paige McKenzie sets her mind to do something,
she does it big time. 200,000 active YouTube subscribers on her
site and over 100 million views, for instance. Not bad for a kid
who still gets carded and can't vote. So when she decided to write
a scary book, she nailed that one too. By the end of the first
chapter I turned on all the lights in the house, even though it was
noon. And it wasn't long before I'd retreated into that last-resort
safe room buried deep beneath my brain's Fear Center, praying the
lock would hold. No such luck. Before I knew McKenzie was out there
she'd hacked the door and let all manner of frightening things
slither in to get me. ... Things that go bump in the night are
afraid to read this book. Things that lurk beneath the bed cry for
their mothers by page ten. McKenzie's skill telling the story of a
young girl who inadvertently moves into a haunted house with her
clueless mother is a thing that slips up behind and puts a cold
white hand right down your spine and just won't let go. The book is
called The Haunting of Sunshine Girl. Read it if you dare, but
don't say I didn't warn you."
-- Wes Craven, Filmmaker
Praise for The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
--Portland Book Review
Praise for The Awakening of Sunshine Girl
"Paige McKenzie's outstanding fantasy action/adventure series will prove to be an outstanding and enduringly popular addition to community library collections."
--Midwest Book Review