Small Medium At Large by Joanne LevySmall Medium At Large by Joanne Levy

Small Medium At Large

byJoanne Levy

Hardcover | July 3, 2012

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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 overopinionated 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.

Joanne Levy can usually be found at her computer, channeling her younger self into her books, or at the park, throwing a ball for her black Labrador Retriever, Zoe. She also shares her home with two cats, an African Grey parrot, her amazing husband, and a very large supply of chocolate. This is her debut novel.
Title:Small Medium At LargeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 7.98 × 5.39 × 0.88 inPublished:July 3, 2012Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1599908360

ISBN - 13:9781599908366

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent The title says it all. Small Medium at Large is about a young new medium at large with her new ability of talking to the dead. I really liked it, it had the typical pre-teen drama form boys to friends to mean girls but with the twist that she can hear the dead. It was a cute and funny story. Also its a fast and easy read that you could really enjoy on the weekend.
Date published: 2014-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bright, fun and engaging Joanne Levy's debut novel is the perfect blend of pre-teen angst & humor. Main character, Lilah, suddenly has the ability to hear dead people. These spirits only want those they left behind to be happy. And happy is just how you'll feel when you turn the last page.
Date published: 2013-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An entertaining & fun read for young & older readers alike! Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4.5/5 stars) Lilah Bloom is just a normal 12-year-old, hanging out with her best friend Alex while watching her mom get remarried. As it starts to rain on an otherwise nice May afternoon, the last thing Lilah remembers is feeling tingles go through her body. She wakes up in the hospital to find that she had been struck by lightening and not only has she survived but she can now also hear the dead speaking to her. Her deceased grandmother constantly speaks to her and insists that she must help her father meet someone. Between dealing with her new ability to playing matchmaker to catching the attention from her crush, Lilah’s got her hands quite full. I don’t normally review Middle Grade fiction but this one was too delightful to pass up. I enjoy ghost stories and this one was absolutely entertaining to read. Levy has captured the voice of a 12 year old as how I remember preteens at that age to be like. The inclusion of problems that kids at that age (and, I suppose, any age really) would be going through was subtle and well-woven into the story. Lilah has to deal with the remarraige of one of her parents, which unfortunately is quite the norm nowadays. She achingly pines for her crush, Andrew, and many of us might remember at that young age to be so completely obsessed about a crush and over analyzing every encounter with them. Most importantly, Levy writes about Lilah’s experience with a school bully. Now, more than ever, the issue of bullying is so timely and the whole story around this is dealt with well, and without sounding preachy. While I found some of the ghostly interactions a little campy and silly, I had to remind myself that this was a book for younger readers. I also found it a bit odd how almost everyone Lilah approached with her new talent was so quick to accept it and not find it overly strange. If TV has taught me anything with all those shows, I guess that’s how it is with mediums… if you have proof, it’s hard to dispute that! The ending left me a bit confused as to the outcome of a few of the characters and how it worked out for them but the story definitely leaves it up for a sequel, and I hope there is one! Levy’s narrative is filled with humour and candor, with many cringe-worthy and laugh-out-loud moments. The younger readers will love this and the older readers will chuckle with the memories of their own experiences in some of these awkward situations. This, and other reviews can be found on
Date published: 2012-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Joanne Levy's a local author to this area, and I was so excited when she offered to send me an ARC of her debut Middle grade novel- and I was so pleased to enjoy Small Medium at Large, even though it's fairly different from my typical choice of books. An adorable middle grade novel, there were so many facets to love about this one- and I could easily see younger readers thoroughly enjoying this one, and even older fans of MG books for its sweet story and even sweeter heroine. Reasons to Read: 1.A superstar heroine: Oh, I just ADORED Lilah as a character! She's so sweet and well-intentioned, and she has these incredibly embarrassing moments at times that she totally shines during, regardless of how embarrassed she is. They're scenarios that could happen to any 12 year old girl (12 year old Brenna can remember feeling tha tway, at times) but I was amazed at how well she continually bounced back. She's exactly the kind of girl younger girls will be able to relate to, but she has this quiet kind of confidence that you can't help but admire for - exactly the kind of girl I'd want the preteen/teen girls I know reading about. She knows what's important in life and doesn't let things hold her down. 2.Uplifting family dynamics: Not all families are perfect, but I really appreciate reading about some who try their best and you can tell truly love and care for each other. The Blooms are a perfect example of that, and Lilah's relationship with her father is particularly touching. They're incredibly close, in their own way, and work hard to support each other as much as they can. 3.A healthy dose of reality: I like that life isn't all sunshine & rainbows perfection in the story. There's divorce and cancer and death (well, clearly since there are ghosts) and bullying. But Lilah doens't let that affect her in a bad way, and it doesn't change her character. She makes mistakes and learns from them - but more importantly she knows to admit when she's wrong. Similarily, other characters learn from their own pain, are possible ways to move on and let things go. There were a few times I felt like Lilah's voice "slipped" and she came across as far older than a 12 year old girl - for example, I really don't know that many preteens who throw around the word "ogle" so casually. It can happen, sure, but I didn't feel like there was enough of an explanation for it (besides casually mentioning that she likes Scrabble - I think that could have been played up a bit more to explain her character and why her vocabulary is so impressive most of the time). And definitely be prepared for a book that's very much a MG read - I know that should be a given, but I also want readers to be clear that it's a very quick read, with a straightforward and enjoyable story. Everything is neatly resolved and tied up by the end, leaving the reader with a satisfying conclusion. ARC received from author for honest review; no other compensationw as received.
Date published: 2012-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quirky New Character The character of Lilah is a fresh voice on the middle grade book scene and I adored her. She is quirky, and funny not to mention boy-crazy and I loved her fearless nature. A coming of age novel, Lilah is working out what’s important to her. When she gains the new ability to hear the dead after being struck by lightning, she still must work to discover who she is, but now she has the sweet voice of her grandmother (among others) to guide her. There were many great scenes in the book –one in particular brought tears to my eyes, but I think my favourite moments were between Lilah and her Dad. Their relationship is a special one and without a mom regularly in the picture they really have had to learn to look after each other. Lots of laugh out loud moments, the writing style is reminiscent of authors like Paula Danzinger, Judy Blume and Susin Nelson, I look forward to reading much more by Joanne Levy For more reviews: Check out
Date published: 2012-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Laugh out loud funny Small Medium At Large is the story of a spunky young girl named, Lilah Bloom. One day, the day of her mother's wedding to be exact, she gets struck my lightning. Nothing quite gets your attention like someone getting struck by lightining. That is, unless that person can then hear the voice of her dead grandmother, who wants her to help her dad start dating again. If I were to use a single word to describe Small Medium at Large it would have to be hilarious. From the first conversation between Lilah and her best friend, to the final piece of wisdom from her dead grandmother (Bubby Dora), this book was constantly making me laugh out loud - often in public! There were even a few times my dog came over to check on me, I was making so much noise. Joanne Levy nails the voice of twelve year old, Lilah. She sounds exactly the way I would expect to her too. Never too old or too young. Intelligent and a quick thinker, you can't help but like her. Motivated by nothing but good intentions, she's a character to be admired. And she's Jewish, adding some much needed diversity to the middle grade character pool. I have some friends that think I'm strange for reading middle grade titles (or "kid's books"). But when I read a book like Small Medium at Large that makes me laugh so hard I almost spit tea across the room, I reminded of all the reasons I love 'kid's books' and I'm sorry that there are people who will miss out on this wonderful story because they can't look past the age range on the bookstore shelf. Final recommedation: A must for all the middle grade people in your life. Whether actual 9-12 year olds, or just those of us that are young at heart, Small Medium at Large is a refreshing and funny read you're sure to enjoy. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (
Date published: 2012-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I was lucky enough to win this ARC in a fundraising auction, and I'm so pleased I paid for the privilege to be one of the first readers! Lilah is a quirky, fun, outspoken preteen who pretty much embodies who I wish I had been at that age. She shows that when faced with the unknown, sometimes you just have to dive in headfirst - a great lesson for this audience! Ms. Levy's writing style is age appropriate, and she writes a 12-year old's dialogue as a 12-year old would actually speak. The story therefore remains believable, despite it's fun and intriguing subject matter. I sincerely hope this isn't the last we hear from Lilah Bloom, and that her adventures continue through many more books!
Date published: 2012-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read!! I had the privilege of winning an ARC for Small Medium at Large from Evie's book blog ( and boy am I ever glad I did!! I have to admit this is my first MG novel that I have read and what an introduction to this genre! I laughed a great deal throughout this book! Being a smarty-pants myself, I can just hear Lilah's quips come out of a twelve-year old me!! Great characters! I loved them all!! If you have a tween/teen in your life, or you WERE a tween/teen, you MUST pick up this book!! You won't regret it!!
Date published: 2012-05-09

Editorial Reviews

"A can't-put-it-down read." -Eileen Cook, author of Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood

"Joanne Levy is hysterical - she turns the tragedy of middle school into sheer hilarity...I'd read anything by her." -Lisa McCann, NYT bestselling author of the Wake trilogy and The Unwanteds