This weekend I picked up the story my daughter had finished last weekend: Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy. She had read it almost in one sitting and kept saying how much she was enjoying it. I did not want to read anything too serious and my aim was to find a quick read.
The story centres around a twelve year old, Lilah Bloom, who is struck by lightening.
“I turned to see Dad holding up the dress I`d been wearing at the wedding. I couldn’t believe it either. It had several scorch marks and even a burn hole that went right through the fabric. If the electricity going through my body was enough to do that to the material , how did I survive?”(p. 20, Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers, 2012)
After the lightening incident, Lilah is able to hear the voices of dead ghosts – including the voice of her grandmother Bubby. The young girl “meets” other ghosts and becomes a medium for them, helping them to express their words to others. The story is fun to read, with plenty of humour that young girls enjoy. If you are looking for a story that a pre-teen will enjoy, then this is the one. It is well written in language that is easily understood by the target audience.
What have you read this week?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013