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by Joanne Levy
     
 

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After she's hit by lightning at a wedding, twelve-year-old Lilah Bloom develops a new talent: she can hear dead people. Among them, there's her over-opinionated Bubby Dora; a prissy fashion designer; and an approval-seeking clown who livens up a séance. With Bubby Dora leading the way, these and other sweetly imperfect ghosts haunt Lilah through seventh

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After she's hit by lightning at a wedding, twelve-year-old Lilah Bloom develops a new talent: she can hear dead people. Among them, there's her over-opinionated Bubby Dora; a prissy fashion designer; and an approval-seeking clown who livens up a séance. With Bubby Dora leading the way, these and other sweetly imperfect ghosts haunt Lilah through seventh grade, and help her face her one big fear: talking to-and possibly going to the seventh-grade dance with-her crush, Andrew Finkel.

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Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
When this tale opens, seventh grader Lilah Bloom is at her mother's wedding. Just as the reception is winding down, she is struck by lightning and wakes up in the hospital. To her amazement, Lilah hears her dead Grandmother, Bubby Dora, talking to her. Soon she is also receiving advice from Priscilla (Prissy) La Fontaine, a famed but deceased fashion designer. Lilah confides in her best friend Alex, who fortunately accepts this odd situation. There are several sub-plots involving getting Lilah's dad to begin dating, her crush on Andrew Finkel and how to get him to ask her to the seventh grade dance, a bully named Dolly and helping the music teacher, Mr. Robertson get back to playing in a band. Lilah's ghosts (several others appear) are both annoying and helpful in all these situations. Middle school is trying and often agonizing time for students, parents, and all involved adults. All the ups and downs are portrayed with honesty and wonderful humor. Middle school girls are sure to relate and will probably see themselves somewhere in this story. Purchase is recommended. Look for the next title from this talented first-time author as it is sure to be eagerly awaited by readers. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—As if seventh grade weren't hard enough, 12-year-old Lilah suddenly finds herself able to communicate with the dead when she is struck by lightning at her mother's wedding reception. Accompanied by the ghost of her grandmother and a slew of other mismatched spirits, Lilah navigates the craziness of middle school, helping a number of people, both living and dead, along the way. Her real success, though, lies in what she discovers about herself as she overcomes her shyness at talking to her crush. Levy has created a fun, witty account of middle-school life while effectively capturing its preteen angst. Lilah is a refreshingly strong character who embraces her own individuality while sticking up for herself and others. Though some of the book's elements are predictable and many of the conflicts are resolved too neatly, readers will be drawn in by the quirky characters and the outlandish story line, making it a purchase that definitely won't sit on shelves. A very strong debut novel.—Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
A lively preteen develops the "superpsychic" ability to converse with the dead, complicating her seventh-grade life in this lighthearted debut. When 12-year-old Lilah's struck by lightning at her mother's wedding, she wakes up hearing her deceased grandmother Dora talking to her. Lilah's afraid she's going crazy until Dora explains, "[w]hen the lightning hit you, it was like someone switched on a radio and I was tuned into your channel." Soon, Lilah's channeling lots of dead people like Serena, her music teacher's sweetheart; Priscilla, a famous fashion designer; and Marion, the cafeteria lunch lady for 49 years. Overwhelmed with advice and requests from talking ghosts who are simultaneously irritating and invasive, Lilah confesses her psychic power to her best friend, Alex, who thinks she should earn money doing readings. But when Lilah tries to give a message to her crush, Andrew, from his deceased father, things go terribly wrong. Gradually, Lilah learns how to convert her psychic pals into allies and channel her powers positively, turning a disastrous school fundraiser into a success, winning Andrew's trust and admiration, and helping her father find romance. In a fresh, frank and funny first-person voice, Lilah tells of her ghostly encounters from the perspective of a normal Jewish girl coping with abnormal powers. Droll middle school drama. (Fantasy. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599908366
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
255,419
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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