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The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher (Family Fletcher #1)

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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
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dana Levy
Mar 20, 2014 Dana Levy 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
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Shoshana
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
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Kristen Lippert-Martin
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
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Jen Downey
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
Rachael Stein
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
Stephanie
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
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Jaye
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
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Sara
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
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Katie
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
Alina Klein
I love this family. Every single one of them. Read it and laugh.
Carol Royce Owen
The Fletcher family is made up of four adopted children, Sam, age 12, Jax, age 10, Eli, also age 10, and Frog, age 6, and their two dads. In many ways this is a story about a family dealing with the hectic and crazy schedules brought on by four kids in school, and dealing with a rather cantankerous new neighbor who doesn't like noise or any disruption to his peace and quiet. That's not going so well, though, and already he's called the cops on them, certain they are trying to torment him.

As the
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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.
Mari
This is a FANTASTIC read.

One of the things that makes me super-happy as a reader is when an author makes me feel I know the characters SO WELL without tons of descriptions that feel extraneous. By a few chapters in, I was wishing that I lived near these characters. By the end, I was super sorry to be done with the book, because I had to say goodbye to them.

I also loved that the boys have 2 dads, but that it doesn't feel like and "issue" book. It's not about families with 2 dads - it just so hap
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Kristen
Wish there had been better teachers, librarians & principals for these kids!
Monica Edinger
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
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LauraW
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
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Title: The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher

Author: Dana Alison Levy

Lexile Level: 750

Pages: 272 (5 discs)

Summary: Two dads, four boys, a dog and a cat make up the Fletcher family. It’s the start of a new school year and there are a variety of personalities to deal with. Add in a new neighbor and a new school too. Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you plan, but as a family they get through it together.

Recommendations or Comments: There is a lot going on in the book. The first sever
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Pop Bop
Gentle, Funny, Realistic Tales of Family Loyalty and Support

This is an episodic collection of domestic comedy vignettes that mostly feature the four sons in the family. We basically follow a year in the life of the Family Fletcher.

Much can be made, I imagine, from the fact that this is a "modern" non-traditional family, which just means that the family unit is headed by a gay couple and includes four adopted sons. You have your standard issue traditional family comedies, (say, Birdsall's Penderw
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Ms. Yingling
The new school year is starting, and the Fletcher boys are getting ready. Frog is in kindergarten, Jax is in 4th grade, and Sam is in 6th grade. Eli is the same age as Jax but not at Grove School with the rest of them—he has chosed to go to the Pinnacle school for gifted students. He isn’t settling into the new school all that well, and starts to regret his choice, especially when his family storm the school (a chapter title!) and he has to explain not only that Frog is from India, all the boys ...more
Andréa
Oh, I really enjoyed the Family Fletcher! The characters are relatable, realistic, and funny; the situations are both silly and mundane. But most of all, the book is touching. There aren't many middle-grade books starring a gaggle of boys that have made me both laugh and cry.

Levy's book also provides readers a wonderful introduction to the diversity they'll meet in their schools and neighborhoods -- diversity of religions, of races, of personalities, of family situations, and more. Everyone shou
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Ronan
This book was amazing! The characters were realistic and fit well together. I love that a kids book is finally written about a family with two married men as parents. The story was touching and funny. I hope there will be a sequel. All of the boys have different interests, but work together as siblings well. I recommend this to people who like realistic fantasy.
Kim
Jul 11, 2015 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015, school
I thoroughly enjoyed this portrait of chaotic, but loving family life. The Fletchers have 4 sons and while I only have 2, I can relate to the muddy clothes, games and ceaseless activity. Bravo! I sure hope there will be another book about this wonderful family!
Dana
I loved the Fletcher's and will recommend this often! I love how smart, funny, and loving this family is and the everyday problems and chaos of family life was well done and felt real.
Barbara
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
Littlecoypu
Second time reading this book and I style love it. It's a very cute middle grade book, with an adorable cast of characters. It's sort of a comfort read for me: I am terribly fond of family stories, even more so when they display strong bonds betweens brothers (and sisters). It's an easy read, engagins and fun, with nice little touches (the interview/interlude, and the notes at the beginning of each chapter).

Each of the four brothers are terribly loveable, from 'grown-up' footballer Sam to tiny
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M.
This is a year in the lives of 4 boys and their two fathers. The boys, multi-ethnic and adopted due to varying circumstances in their very early lives, are in 6th grade, 4th grade, 4th grade at a gifted school, and kindergarten and they do what most boys in families do--they look up to each other, they fight with each other, they occasionally forget to do what they're supposed to do, they kick their balls into their grumpy neighbor's yard, and they sometimes don't want to talk about what's bothe ...more
Jonathan
It is books like this that give me hope for being an author someday. Not because they inspire me with great characters and an amazing story line, but because they are so horrible I realize that anyone can be published (not saying I'm shooting for writing a crummy book). This entire book felt like it was written by a fifth grader. The character depth was shallow, the story line was basically pointless and the ending was exactly what you'd predict because it was the only logical thing that could h ...more
Erica
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Brenda
Oct 10, 2014 Brenda added it
Recommends it for: Realistic fiction, adoption, diverse family
Sam (12), Jax (10), Eli (10), and Frog (6) are the adopted brothers of dads Jason Fletcher and Tom Anderson. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher follows them over the course of a year as they each have a different issues to navigate. Sam hopes to get chosen for the Elite Soccer Team; Jax has to try and figure out how he is going to get his grouchy new neighbor, Mr. Nelson to allow him to interview him for his Veteran Interview Project; Eli after finally have convinced his dad's to let him ...more
Susan P
Four energetic boys and their two dads form a wild and crazy - and fun - family! It's the beginning of the school year and Sam (age 12), Jax (age 10), Eli (age 10 but younger than Jax) and Frog (not his real name - age 6) are excited (Frog) and not so excited (Sam) to start school. As usual, things are chaotic at the Fletcher household - Sam is struggling between going out for the school play or making the soccer team, Eli has pushed his parents to let him transfer to a new school for smart kids ...more
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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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