Books by Elizabeth Levy

AMBER BROWN IS ON THE MOVE by Paula Danziger
Released: Sept. 12, 2013

"Even though filtered through numerous works and new authors, Amber's voice remains fresh, funny and achingly honest—traits readers love about her. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Amber Brown is facing two tough challenges: her recently blended family is in the midst of moving to a new home, and she can't seem to focus on pending high-pressure standardized tests at school. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2012

"Fully faithful to the voice Danziger gave Amber Brown, this visit with an old friend will totally satisfy readers. (afterword by Danziger's niece, 'the real Amber Brown') (Fiction. 7-11)"
Amber Brown fans will rejoice; against all odds, their favorite protagonist is back. Read full book review >
DANGER & DIAMONDS by Elizabeth Levy
FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Sail on by. (Mystery. 8-11)"
The daughter of two employees of a cruise ship joins forces with the son of the new captain to solve a not-very-exciting puzzle aboard the luxury liner. Read full book review >
TACKLING DAD by Elizabeth Levy
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Just in time for the football season. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Missing the fun of Peewee league, seventh-grader Cassie Fowler leaps at the chance to sign up for the middle-school football team when her former coach invites her and her friend Molly joins her. Read full book review >
THE MIXED-UP MASK MYSTERY by Elizabeth Levy
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"The first-canine perspective, complete with rear-end sniffing, will have everyone howling. (Fiction. 7-10)"
It's a dog's life and Fletcher, the detective-sniffing Bassett hound, has a better one than most. Read full book review >
TAKE TWO, THEY’RE SMALL by Elizabeth Levy
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Match this with Johanna Hurwitz's earlier Starting School for double the pleasure. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nothing turns out quite as planned in this warm and believable story of two classrooms, three sisters, and one new friendship. Read full book review >
NIGHT OF THE LIVING GERBIL by Elizabeth Levy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Young chapter-book readers may stay up late to finish this, but it won't give them sleepless nights. (Fiction. 8-10)"
After an overlong absence, the all-too-suggestible Bamford brothers (Frankenstein Moved in on the Fourth Floor, 1979; Dracula Is a Pain in the Neck, 1983) again let their imaginations get the better of them. Read full book review >
SEVENTH GRADE TANGO by Elizabeth Levy
Released: March 1, 2000

"Precocious preteens will find that this humorously empathetic take on budding romance is just right. (Fiction. 10-12)"
PLB 0-7868-2427-1 The content and concerns of Levy's latest is at odds with the young reading level and large type size, which may prevent this novel's natural audience of middle schoolers from finding a fast and funny read. Read full book review >
MY LIFE AS A FIFTH-GRADE COMEDIAN by Elizabeth Levy
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"Things may work out a little too well in the end, but scenes of Bobby's home life and his relationship with his friends and relatives make the book hard to put down. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From the author of The Drowned (1995), etc., a boy who seems headed straight for The School for Intervention, just like his brother before him. Read full book review >
CLEO AND THE COYOTE by Elizabeth Levy
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 1996

"Bryer's primitive illustrations are busy and attractive, shifting into western motifs when the story moves to Utah, but her brush can't bring balance to the text. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An abandoned street pooch is taken in by a young boy, Martin, and named Cleopatra (she was found in Queens, New York). Read full book review >
THE DROWNED by Elizabeth Levy
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Though Levy creates nightmarish scenes, the story shows little internal logic and, during the period of Clark's indecision and Lily's long confinement, nearly strands readers in a slow, drawn-out last half. (Fiction. 11-14)"
An Atlantic City dowager reanimates her drowned son with annual human sacrifices in this confusing chiller. Read full book review >
CHEATER, CHEATER by Elizabeth Levy
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Natural, smooth dialogue leading to a thought- provoking resolution. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When two smart, funny Indianapolis girls start junior high, they discover that the rules—whether social or academic—aren't hard and fast. Read full book review >
KEEP MS. SUGARMAN IN THE FOURTH GRADE by Elizabeth Levy
FICTION
Released: Jan. 30, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Levy writes affectionately of the period when fourth-grader Jackie discovers that her energy and imagination are appreciated by a teacher and, as a result, comes to value herself—but this is only the beginning of the story. Read full book review >