Which brings me to this week's Fido and Friend spotlight author, Joanne Levy. When her debut middle-grade novel came into the library, I was immdiatly grabbed by both the jacket art and the title! I mean, how clever is Small Medium at Large? Very. Epsecially when you read the book. I don't know who came up with that title, but it rocks.
And who knew the dead could be so annoying? Lilah Bloom, the main character in Small Medium at Large know this all too well. To say she found out the hard way is an understatement. You see, after she was struck by lightning (at a perfectly lovely wedding), Lilah discovered she had a new talent: she could hear dead people. And not only were there a lot of them, but they were not what one would expect. A prissy fashion designer? An attention-seeking clown? And her own (deceased) Bubby Dora, every bit as opinionated and prone to meddling in the afterlife as she was when she was alive. Being in seventh grade is no picnic, and dealing with all these dead people isn't making Lilah's life any easier. This is a seriously funny and charming book!
Joanne lives in Ontario with her husband and their furry and feathered friends, including Zoe the Dog. Let's meet them in today's Fido and Friend in Five:
1. How did you and Zoe find each other?
|Kia and Chester the Cat|
|Zoe and Mousy|
2. What makes Zoe's tail wag?
|I LOVE this photo!|
3. What's your all-time favorite dog story?
Oh wow. That’s tough! I’ve always been a dog-lover and remember reading about dogs, from my favorite Clifford picture book to Marmaduke comic strips (and I still absolutely want a Great Dane) to White Fang. As an adult, my reading is much less animal-focused, but I do remember enjoying Marley and Me a lot, although I remember thinking that my Kia would have given Marley a run for his money in the race to be the worst behaved dog! As for a favorite story—I can’t say I have one in particular, but I’m in awe of service dogs of all kinds, and tear up every time I see a canine in service, their life’s work being enabling the life and independence of their human. I have been giving serious thought to train Zoe to be a therapy dog so she can participate in a program like this one: http://www.therapyanimals.org/Read_FAQ.html
4. If Zoe could change just one thing about you, what would that be? Zoe would really like us to quit our jobs so we could be with her more. I’d really like that, too.
Thanks so very much to Joanne and Zoey for visiting Fido and Friend in Five! Find out more about Joanne and her most excellent Small Medium at Large on Joanne's website!