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Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcherfour children          
all boys        
all adopted

When two men adopt them, misadventures don't occur. It's just the normal stuff boys go through day after day. They are now in grades ranging from Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. Sam wants to be the best at soccer. He is of African-American heritage and plays the role of big brother quite well. Max and Eli are the same age. Frog (what a name - you'll find out) is the youngest and he was born in India. They really love and respect each other. The holidays and school year show what they experience. It is the neighbor that they have a hard time connecting and communicating with for a long time. The "grumpy" neighbor is actually a hero of the Vietnam War.

This is one of those fictions that take place in modern times. Yes, screen time is actually limited. All characters get a chance to show their perspective. What a chance to show how children literally have to run from one activity to another. That's where many of the misadventures occur in this amusing yet meaningful fiction.

      * 2017 Bluestem Award Nominee*

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