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2012. 198p. 978-1-59990-836-6. 15.99.
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
Adding to the trials of adolescence, twelve-year-old Lilah, after being struck by lightning at her mother's wedding, finds that she can hear dead people. Aided by her ever-present deceased Bubby, Lilah plays matchmaker to her father and saves the school fashion show. The pat middle-school fare is bolstered by Levy's light and humorous approach to heavy subjects, namely death and divorce.

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