Gabby is a disgruntled tween angel who has just been assigned to protect her school nemesis and ex-beffie. Problem is her ex-beffie is dating Gabby’s longtime crush. Instead of protecting Angela, Gabby pranks her (since when is sticking toilet paper to her shoe or spinach in her teeth a sin?) Soon, Gabby gets out of control and is put on probation by her SKYAgent, who has anger management issues of his own.


Determined to right her wrongs, Gabby steals an ancient artifact that allows her to return to Earth for just one day. Without knowing, she kicks off a series of events and learns what can happen when you hate someone to death. 

"Johannes kicks off the Starling series with this fresh novel about an angel’s peripatetic path to earning her wings...A humorous addition to the angel story genre."- Publisher's Weekly

On The Bright Side: Tween Paranormal

“Full of charm and adventure, this heart-warming story is about deadly crushes, friendship, and spunky girls in the after-life. This book is flipping adorable!”— Robin Mellom, author of The Classroom, The Pages Between Us, and Confessions from the Principal's Kid

"Clever and charming, ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is the story of a reluctant guardian angel, her still-breathing crush, and the frenemy she’s assigned to protect. A great read!"— Suzanne Young, author of the YA series' A Need So Beautiful and The Program

"With a smart, snappy heroine and a heart-warming crush, ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is a page-turning new take on guardian angels that left me begging for a sequel!"— Gretchen McNeil, author of the Don't Get Mad series and Relic

Shelli delivers a cute paranormal thrill ride for middle graders! Even in death there is a BRIGHT SIDE!"— Addison Moore, author of the Celestra series

“ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is both hilarious and heart-warming – a tale that’ll have you hoping that there really *are* spunky and determined angels like Gabby who’ve got our backs.”— Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, author of A Dog Like Daisy