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Sunny Days Inside

and Other Stories

by Caroline Adderson

tagged: short stories, city & town life, multigenerational, new experience
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When the “grownup virus” hits, kids who live in the same apartment building must cope with strange new rules and extended time at home with parents and siblings.

And they survive brilliantly, each in their own way. Twin boys throw themselves into an independent research assignment on prehistoric people and embrace their own devolution. A budding track star is encouraged to run laps on his balcony by a neighbor who has a secret crush on him. A classroom troublemaker reaches out to a teacher when his own father begins to exhibit signs of mental illness. A young entrepreneur saves himself and his hairdresser mother from financial collapse by renting out the family dog. And a girl finds a way to communicate with her hearing-impaired neighbor so that they can spy on the rest of the building. 

The stories follow the course of the pandemic, from the early measures through lockdown, as the kids in the building observe the stresses on the adults around them and use their own quirky kid ingenuity to come up with ways to make their lives better. Funny, poignant and wise, this book will long outlive even the pandemic.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.

Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.

Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

About the Author

Caroline Adderson

CAROLINE ADDERSON is the author of four novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling, Ellen in Pieces) and two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased to Meet You), as well as many books for young readers. Published in eleven countries, her work has received numerous award nominations, including for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Winner of three BC Book Prizes and three CBC Literary Prizes, Caroline was also the recipient of the Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. She is the program director of the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

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Recommended Age and Grade
9 to 12
4 to 7
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards, Diamond Willow Award
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Awards — Novel Category
Editorial Reviews

This series of eight related stories will not only affect but inspire you.

— Winnipeg Free Press

Kids in the building get acquainted from their balconies … Such friendships will see us through this time as well.

— Postmedia

[Anderson] has a knack for capturing the voice of each child—the way they think and speak and hope—creating believable characters with whom children can identify.

— Canadian Children's Book News

[A] valuable portrait … of not only the pandemic experience but how adult upheaval of any kind can impact kids.

— Open Book

Readers ages 9-12 are likely to find themselves revisiting their own days of lockdown … in this understanding read.

— Wall Street Journal

Beautifully written.

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Sunny Days Inside reaffirms our connection to one another, and captures a very specific period of time where our world became impossibly small, but we still managed to find wonder within it.

— Open Book

While each vignette is an entertaining short story, it’s the connections among the kids that make this a brilliant read. STARRED REVIEW

— Kirkus Reviews

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