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The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher

(Family Fletcher #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,374 ratings  ·  447 reviews
Meet the Fletchers. Their year will be filled with new schools, old friends, a grouchy neighbor, hungry skunks, leaking ice rinks, school plays, wet cats, and scary tales told in the dark!

There’s Sam, age twelve, who’s mostly interested in soccer, food, and his phone; Jax, age ten, who’s psyched for fourth grade and thinks the new neighbor stinks, and not just because of t
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dana Levy So sorry! I just saw this, for some reason. Well, I suspect you've moved on long ago, but I think the book would transfer well. It's been translated…moreSo sorry! I just saw this, for some reason. Well, I suspect you've moved on long ago, but I think the book would transfer well. It's been translated into several different languages so I assume those publishers think it will! The challenges the kids face in the book are largely universal -- new school, new neighbors, struggles with friends, and so on. I think it would work well! And for what it's worth I offer free Skype visits with classes and book clubs that are reading my book if that's ever of interest.
Dana Levy *looks over there ----------> and only sees an ad for Rice Krispie Treat Poppers*
Hey Christie! Thanks for your comment and I'm so glad you like my…more
*looks over there ----------> and only sees an ad for Rice Krispie Treat Poppers*
Hey Christie! Thanks for your comment and I'm so glad you like my bio. I hope your kids (and you) enjoy my books!
xoxo Dana(less)

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Dana Levy
Mar 20, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I wrote this book. So you know, I'm pretty fond of it.
Why do I think it's so great? Hmmm...I'll be honest, I am a sucker for "comfort food" books - you know, books you can curl up with and feel like the world is an okay place for a little while. Some of my favorite books growing up were Elizabeth Enright's MELENDY QUARTET (including THE SATURDAYS and THE FOUR-STORY MISTAKE), Edward Eager's HALF MAGIC, Sydney Taylor's ALL OF A KIND FAMILY series. When I started writing about the Fletchers
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, childrens
We hit the jackpot for audiobooks on our recent vacation. We listened to this one on our way home, the second audio in a row containing a curmudgeonly old man and the second excellent middle grade story. In this one, we follow the Fletcher family through an entire school year. This non-traditional family has two fathers, but the focus was really on the children, each of whom had his own issues to overcome. I liked that this highlighted different strengths and personality traits in each child, th ...more
Kristen Lippert-Martin
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think my new litmus test for whether someone is a decent soul will be to make him read this book and then ask, "Is that not the most delightfully funny, sweet, heart-warming story you've ever read in your life? WELL? ISN'T IT?" And if they say no, OK then ... *ahem* ... nice knowing you, buddy.

This book has no agenda other than to present a beautifully rendered portrait of family life. The Fletcher bond is an especially tough cement mixed from love, kindness, patience, chaos, and stinky sneak
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Pretty much damn near the perfect middle-grade.

Follow the lives of the four Fletcher boys, Sam, Jax, Eli, and Frog and their two Dads (the kids are all adopted) over the course of a school year. Each boy struggles with his own hurdles, from finding new interests, to difficulty with friends, to trying out a new school, but it all blends together perfectly in a show of everyday family life. Each chapter opens with a note, e-mail, or text from one character to another (or from one of the fathers t
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Back in 2005, Jeanne Birdsall did such a good job of updating the traditional "family novel" that her effort, The Penderwicks, won the National Book Award for Young People. I am, *ahem*, kind of a Penderwicks fan, but I have to give some credence to one of the most common critiques of the series: that in attempting to establish a "timeless" tone, Birdsall actually fails to create an accurate portrait of the modern world. There are cell phones and computers in Penderwickia, but they are rarely us ...more
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fiction
I absolutely adored this book, to the point where, when I came to the end, I refused to read the acknowledgments - I couldn't stand the reminder that these characters were only fictional creations! I really WANTED them to be real, because I loved them all so much, every single member of this wonderful, wacky family. (Maybe especially Frog, the six-year-old, but only because he reminded me *so much* of another kid the same age whom I know and love in real life…)

I can't count how many times I laug
Jen Downey
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My family and I adored this book, and it was with great sighing sadness that we turned the last page, and ended our visit with the loveable Fletchers. In fact, along with their Dads, I got a little choked up at the parting. Four boys. Four distinct but entwined adventures in pet acquisition, neighbor diplomacy, friendship navigation, begging for experiences that don't deliver all that was dreamed, new talent discovery, and valiant attempts at family cooking, just to name a few! The book abounds ...more
Sep 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Right now, I am rather annoyed at this book for the way the character Eli was handled. I doubt if there could be many more smart kid stereotypes used for him. I am also very annoyed at the way the school for gifted kids was described - no playground, no recess, bathroom breaks that were timed, on and on - anything that could make the school sound like a prison, in direct contrast to the wonderful public school. I wonder if the author has actually ever visited a school for gifted kids or has inte ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
In the tradition of Jeanne Birdsall or Hilary McKay, Dana Alison Levy draws a loving portrait of a boisterous family. Two dads, four adopted boys, a grumpy neighbor, and an awesome cupcake baking aunt that lives in NYC (along with various pets) fill the pages of this school year long adventure. I cheered for each boy's individual arc as they started new schools, tried out new activities, made real friends, and always circled back to the foundation of the home their dads built for them.

A wonderfu
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh so lovely. More books like this, please. Books where "non-traditional" families are presented in super straightforward, low key ways. Where the book isn't about "OMG LOOK AT THIS NON-TRADITIONAL FAMILY WITH LGBTQ PEOPLE IN IT!" Instead, it's all like, "Hey, look at these interesting characters with quirky personalities doing funny things and sad things and living their lives!"

Every character in the Family Fletcher is memorable. I loved coasting along with them for a year, learning about thei
Carrie Gelson
Beautiful, endearing novel about family. So very, very well done! I loved every member of this wonderful family. I rooted for each of them, celebrated them, smiled so big it hurt my cheeks. This is what family is. Loved the noisy, messy mumble jumble of every day love and family connection explored in this book. A happy, hilarious MG read.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
More books about non-traumatic domestic infant-or-very-young adopted children, please! I love focused on adoption stories, but I'd ALSO love some more where it's just part of who they are, and not the main focus of their story!

Thanks for the rec, Jasmine!
Katie Lawrence
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I loved this book! What a wonderful portrayal of a diverse family that focuses more on their adventures than on their diverse makeup. There need to be more books like this, featuring a blended family that happens to be made up of gay parents, four adopted sons (one Indian, one African American, one jock who happens to love musicals and one gifted student grappling with what that means) plus a cat and a dog and a cranky next door neighbor. What a valuable understanding for young readers, that a f ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Meet the Fletchers. First there’s Sam – he’s 12 and likes soccer, food, and his phone. Then there’s Jax. He’s 10, and isn’t super excited about the new neighbor OR about the fact that Eli (also 10) will be going to a different school this year. Eli is going to the Pinnacle School this year – he’s excited because everyone there will be as smart as him. Youngest, Frog (no, not his real name) is ready for Kindergarten but is worried there won’t be a seat next to him for Flare, his invisible cheetah ...more
Wish there had been better teachers, librarians & principals for these kids!
Alina Klein
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this family. Every single one of them. Read it and laugh.
Really fantastic middle grade book about a family's year that feels both classic and modern. It reminded me of books like Elizabeth Enright's "The Saturdays" or Eleanor Estes' Moffats books, in that it's an ensemble cast -- all the children are important and have plots-- and incredibly cozy. But it also feels like it was written in the last decade, which is surprisingly difficult to find with middle grade books about a family. (I'm looking at you, Penderwicks.) The obvious thing is that the kids ...more
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-own
Summary: The Fletcher family is just like any other family. Two parents, four kids, and several pets all running around living their day-to-day lives. Sam Fletcher is the oldest son and is excited for sixth grade and relishing in his popularity. Jax, fourth-grader, is having trouble with a challenging school assignment and his cantankerous elderly neighbor. Eli, also fourth-grader, is excited to start at his new school for intelligently gifted kids. And Frog, a kindergartner who has trouble diff ...more
Julie Suzanne
Cute realistic fiction for grades 3 to 6. I'm not the right audience, so it was just.....cute and squeaky clean, and it gave me a few chuckles. I can tell that this is just "misadventure" numero uno in what will be a series of books about this lovable family, but I won't be reading any more of them. I am THRILLED that it is an elementary book in which there are gay parents adopting children and that's not what the book is ABOUT at all...just considered normal. It's about time. :)
Alina Borger
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Fletchers are in the epicenter of the culture wars: a multi-faith family with two dads, three different ethnicities, and four adopted kids. And there are moments—when the whole family attends back-to-school night at Eli’s new school, for example—when that reality threatens to erupt into the novel.

But it doesn’t.

And that’s what makes Levy’s middle-grade debut so stunning. The family navigates Sam’s muddy leaps from soccer practice to musical rehearsals, Jax’s veterans project, Eli’s move to
I'm pleased to realize that this book is the start of a planned series about a family that lives in New England. Not surprisingly, with four adopted boys ranging in age from six to twelve, two pets, and two fathers, one a teacher and one who works from home, there are all sorts of occasions for joy and anxiety. After all, that's what happens in most families, right? It's the little moments that matter--one-on- one time with a parent, creating family traditions or cooking a special holiday dinner ...more
Monica Edinger
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this for Horn Book concluding:

Focusing each chapter on one boy while still keeping the whole family in the picture, Levy provides a compelling, compassionate, and frequently hilarious look at their daily concerns. Family rituals such as each boy getting the meal of his choice on the first day of school are presented with warmth and humor. By book’s end readers will want to be part of (or at least friends with) this delightful family.

Also wrote on my HuffPo blog (http://www.huffington
Jennifer Armstrong
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sorry to say I do not share the glowing affection so many others seem to feel for this book. Trans-racial families are not "just like everyone else," as much as it may comfort you to think so. The dynamics are different and I think it's naive to think an entire year of this family's life can go by without any charged conversations about race and identity, especially with teens, and especially with an African-American teen-aged son. I'm an adoptive white mother of a black child, and to me this bo ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
2 dads, 4 adopted kids, 1 cat, 1 dog (Sir Puggleton), a big house, a grumpy neighbor, a new school, and days filled with insanity. I loved loved loved it. Don't think too hard about it, just enjoy.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older elementary school-age children
This book describes the chaos, fun, love, and laughter in a family of six. Four boys, all very different, along with their two fathers, a cat and a dog comprise the Family Fletcher and they are just as rambunctious as you would expect them to be.

I love that the fact that all of the boys were adopted and the dads are a single-sex married couple is handled in a matter-of-fact way. It is a big part if who they are as a fsmily, but not the main part of the plot.

I also love that each boy is allowed t
Eli is thrilled to start his new school for genius kids, but he's nervous about starting forth grade without his brother Jax. Jax is nervous about moving up to Upper El without Eli, so hopes that he can ride his older (cooler, soccer-star) brother's coattails to social prominence. That older brother lives and breathes soccer, but sixth grade may hold some new interests. And Frog starts kindergarten, where he makes a new friend who may or may not be imaginary. Meanwhile, Dad and Papa just want to ...more
Kyle Kimmal
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a great read aloud.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, books-to-buy
This book is what every activist has been arguing. LGBT families are just like any other family. They fight, they have their problems, and each person changes. But together they are a family. This book has been a pleasure to read!
This is super cute, funny, diverse, and handles the emotional development of the boys in a wonderful way. Definitely love this one!
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Dana Alison Levy was raised by pirates but escaped at a young age and went on to earn a degree in aeronautics and puppetry. Actually, that’s not true—she just likes to make things up. That’s why she always wanted to write books. She was born and raised in New England and studied English literature before going to graduate school for business. While there is value in all learning, had she known she ...more

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