Dana Alison Levy
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About Dana Alison Levy
Dana Alison Levy was raised by pirates but escaped at a young age and went on to earn a degree in aeronautics and puppetry. Actually, that’s not true—she just likes to make things up. That’s why she always wanted to write books. She was born and raised in New England and studied English literature before going to graduate school for business. While there is value in all learning, had she known she would end up writing for a living, she might not have struggled through all those statistics and finance classes. Dana was last seen romping with her family in Massachusetts.
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—JOHN DAVID ANDERSON, the critically acclaimed author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day and Posted
The Breakfast Club meets middle school with a prank twist in this hilarious and heartwarming story about six very different seventh graders who are forced to band together after a vandalism incident.
When Theo's photography project is mysteriously vandalized at school there are five suspected students who all say "it wasn't me."
Theo just wants to forget about the humiliating incident but his favorite teacher is determined to get to the bottom of it and has the six of them come into school over vacation to talk. She calls it "Justice Circle." The six students—the Nerd, the Princess, the Jock, the Screw Up, the Weirdo, and the Nobody—think of it as detention. AKA their worst nightmare.
That is until they realize they might get along after all, despite their differences. But what is everyone hiding and will school ever be the same?
*PW Best Books *Winter Kids' Indie Next List * JLG selection * Three starred reviews
"What at first seems like a novel solely about bullying becomes a story about six kids who find their way to true friendship and fierce loyalty, and why restorative justice is worth the time and effort it takes." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A timely, introspective whodunit with a lot of heart." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Levy writes in an easy style with laugh-out-loud humor, offering characters that slowly reveal deeper complexity." —School Library Journal, starred review
Welcome to Rock Island, Where Time Stands Still!
The Fletchers are back on Rock Island, home of all their best summer memories. But from the first day they arrive, it’s clear that this year, things have changed. FIRST, a giant fence is blocking their beloved lighthouse. SECOND, they have new neighbors. THIRD, who the heck is the weird artist guy who's never actually painting? And FOURTH, there's now an ice cream truck! Can the island stay the same even with these crazy transformations?
Over the course of the summer, the Fletchers will learn that sometimes, even in a place where time stands still, the wildest, weirdest, and most wonderful surprises await.
A JLG Selection!
"There is constant action and delightful humor, but there are also realistic present-day problems and happy solutions. An old-fashioned summer adventure set in a very modern world, this lively family tale will leave readers impatient for more. "--Kirkus, Starred
"While the other story lines reach satisfying resolutions, this one— about a young African American male struggling to figure out his identity in the largely white landscape of Rock Island—leaves room for thought-provoking, timely discussion.--Horn Book
"A must-have middle grade family story with contemporary sensibilities."--SLJ, Starred
"Lots of kids will want to take this along on their summer vacations."--Booklist
The start of the school year is not going as the Fletcher brothers hoped. Each boy finds his plans for success veering off in unexpected and sometimes diastrous directions. And at home, their miserable new neighbor complains about everything. As the year continues, the boys learn the hard and often hilarious lesson that sometimes what you least expect is what you come to care about the most.
Praise for The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
A Junior Library Guild Selection
[set star] ”Their banter is realistic, and the disorder of their everyday lives, convincing. The Fletcher family rules!” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
”Dana Alison Levy has gloriously reimagined the classic family story into a thoroughly modern mold, and it works perfectly.” —Bruce Coville, bestselling author of My Teacher Is an Alien and the Unicorn Chronicles
[set star] ”With its semi-episodic structure, laugh-out-loud humor, and mix of zaniness and love, Levy’s debut offers something truly significant: a middle-grade family story featuring gay parents and interracial families that is never about either issue.” —School Library Journal, Starred
”Levy provides a compelling, compassionate, and frequently hilarious look at their daily concerns. By book’s end readers will want to be part of (or at least friends with) this delightful family.” —The Horn Book
Rose Keller and Tate Russo have been climbing for years, training in harsh weather and traveling all over the world. The goal that kept them going? Summiting Mount Everest, the highest point on earth. Accompanied by Tate's dad, the two will finally make the ultimate climb at the end of their senior year. But neither Rose nor Tate are fully in the game--not only is there a simmering romance between them, but Rose can't get her mind off her mother's illness, while Tate constantly fails to live up to his ambitious father's standards.
Everyone on their expedition has something to prove, it seems. And not everyone is making the best decisions while short on oxygen and exhausted, body and mind. The farther up the mountain they go, the more their climbing plans unravel and the more isolated each team member becomes. Rose and Tate will have to dig deep within themselves to determine what--or who--they value above all else.
Die vier Fletcher-Boys und ihre zwei Väter freuen sich auf Rock Island, wo die Zeit stehen geblieben ist. Wie jedes Jahr warten dort herrliche vier Wochen auf sie: mit den Fahrrädern durch die Dünen düsen, Krabben jagen, Wellen reiten ... Allerdings sorgen diesmal ein sehr kippeliges Kajak, eine Videokamera, eine neue Eisdiele, eine (vielleicht) schwimmende Katze und nervige Ferien-Nachbarskinder gehörig für Aufregung. Und dann der Schock: Der Leuchtturm, ihr geliebter Abenteuerspielplatz, soll abgerissen werden?! Als die Jungs versuchen herauszufinden, wer und was eigentlich dahintersteckt, kommen sie einem Geheimnis auf die Spur, das sie einen ganzen Sommer lang in Atem hält.
Sara Johnston-Fischer loves her family, of course. But that doesn’t mean she’s thrilled when her summer plans are upended for a surprise cross-country train trip with her two moms, Mimi and Carol; her younger sister, Ladybug; her older sister, Laurel; and Laurel’s poncho-wearing activist boyfriend, Root. And to make matters worse, one of her moms is writing a tell-all book about the trip . . . and that means allllll, every ridiculous and embarrassing moment of Sara’s life.
Sara finds herself crisscrossing the country with a gaggle of wild Texans. As they travel from New Orleans to Chicago to the Grand Canyon and beyond, Sara finds herself changing along with the landscape outside the train windows. And she realizes that she just might go home reinvented.
Chaos, Lärm und Wäscheberge sind bei den Fletchers an der Tagesordnung. Kein Wunder, bei vier adoptierten Jungs, von denen drei leidenschaftlich Fußball und Eishockey spielen. Ein aufregendes Schuljahr beginnt: Sam (12) entdeckt das Schultheater, aber kann er da als cooler Fußballer mitspielen? Jax (10) müsste für sein Projekt dringend den unfreundlichen Nachbarn interviewen, aber alle diplomatischen Bemühungen scheitern. Eli (10) hadert mit seiner neuen Eliteschule, während Frog (6) in der 1. Klasse gleich eine Freundin findet. Ob es diese Ladybird Li allerdings wirklich gibt, bezweifeln nicht nur Papa und Dad. Am Ende dieses turbulenten Jahres wissen alle sechs Fletchers mehr, vor allem, was für eine großartige Familie sie sind!