I LOVE days when I get to celebrate an author and their book with Mr. Schu and Nerdy Book Club. Nerdy? Yes. Fun? Certainly.
Before you read my review be sure to check out Joanne’s Nerdy Book Club post/giveaway and Mr. Schu’s interview with Joanne.
Small Medium at Large
By: Joanne Levy
I love talking to young readers about different book for different reasons. When I see a student reading Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner I look forward to discussing the ending of the book with them. Any time I see student lost in The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger I always ask them if they think Origami Yoda is real. A student reading The One and Only Ivan usually talks to me about Stella.
While reading Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy, I couldn’t help but think about how I would talk about this book with middle school readers. I wanted to talk to them about Lilah Bloom, who early in the book is struck by lightning. Shortly after this unfortunate event, she realizes that she can hear dead people. The problem is: the dead people want/need something from Lilah. Reading about how Lilah tries to help her father, the dead people and herself made for a late night of Mr. Sharp staying up late to find out how things turned out.
The whole time I read Small Medium at Large I thought about what dead people would talk to me if I found myself in Lilah’s situation. Would my grandfather come whisper in my ear that I need to spend more time visiting my grandmother? Would an early Newbery author confront me about not liking their ancient book? I’m not sure who from the dead would talk to me, what I am sure of, is that Small Medium at Large is that when I talk about it with young readers are conversations are going to be awesome.
I think Small Medium at Large is a book that middle school readers will really enjoy. I think it is a book that they will talk about with their friends, and I think it is a book that would a great addition to all middle school libraries and classrooms.