Sheri S. Levy’s magazine article about a Diabetic Alert dog, Scent with Love, was published in Clubhouse Magazine in July, 2010. This story was nominated for a Maxwell Medallion Award with the Dog Writers Association of America’s competition and received the Special Interest award at their February 2011 awards banquet in New York. As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Carolinas, Sheri helps coordinate critiques and has written for their regional newsletter and for the Southern Breeze region. In addition to teaching a six-week Creative Writers Club after school hours for elementary students, Sheri also volunteers with an accredited, non-profit service dog kennel, Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS). Sheri and her husband have enjoyed many years of married life, and their two children have become remarkable adults; their two grandchildren are very special readers. She has loved five past dogs and now owns two Australian Shepherds. Find out more about Sheri at her website, www.SheriSLevy.com, or her Facebook page.
Seven Days to Goodbyeby Sheri Levy
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After Trina's beloved dog dies, she swears she'll never get another one. But then she learns about service dogs, and realizes that if she becomes a puppy raiser, she could train puppy after puppy and never worry about them dying. But like all great ideas, this one has a serious flaw: her first service puppy must be returned to his kennel at the end of their week-long summer vacation. And saying goodbye to Sydney is going to be much tougher than she ever imagined.
Trina's last week with Sydney is made that much harder by her newly strained friendship with her best friend, Sarah, who's become so over-the-top boy crazy that she's almost like a stranger. Sarah is determined to have them hang out with every boy at the beach, but when a boy named Chase takes an interest in Sydney and Trina, it puts an even bigger strain on the friendship.
It's hard enough to deal with losing Sydney, but now she may lose her best friend, too. And even if she manages to patch things up with Sarah--and figures out what to do about Chase--she still must face a daunting decision: is she strong enough to take on another service puppy?
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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite In a story that is in turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, Seven Days to Goodbye, the first book in a planned series by debut author Sheri S. Levy, readers will find themselves completely immersed in a book that is hard to put down. Follow protagonist Trina, a wonderful girl, who has gone through the difficult experience of losing her beloved dog. To combat that feeling, she decides to raise service dogs; she'll never have to lose a dog to death again, and she'll get to have new puppies all the time. But when the last week comes before she has to release her first service dog, Sydney, she realizes that her plan is not working the way she envisioned. Trina's best friend, Sarah, has also been going through major changes, and that doesn't make the situation any easier. Will Trina's heart be broken again? You'll need to read the book to find out. I very much enjoyed Seven Days to Goodbye. Author Sheri S. Levy has done a fantastic job in writing a book with a great deal of appeal, especially for a person who loves dogs and has had a profound relationship with an animal. The author's ability to create characters that her readers will connect with, relate to, and truly care about is exemplary, and certainly a hallmark of a very skilled author. I highly recommend Seven Days to Goodbye to any young adult reader who loves an emotional story or who loves dogs and animals. I am also looking forward to reading more from the very promising author, Sheri S. Levy. I certainly hope that she's hard at work on the second installment of this series as I write!
Five Stars A terrific read whether you are an adult or a child. Sheri Levy is an amazing story teller who is able to deftly tell a story and engage your emotions because you are there or were there emotionally at one time as a teenager. I could feel and smell summer vacation through the protagonist eyes. Also loved learning about the wonderful world of therapy dogs. A great read for anyone who loves dogs and people and how we evolve. Jeanette Smith
Ms. Levy captures the hearts of young girls perfectly. The dialog and plot are realistic and interesting. It was a pleasure to read a novel and learn so much about helper dogs. I never felt that I was being fed information because it was such an intrinsic part of the story. I highly recommend this book and especially recommend it for dog lovers.