Posted in 4 1/2 paws, Middle Grade, Review, Young Adult on August 6, 2013

getting back to normal


Genre: YA/Grades 6-8
Published by: Untreed Reads Publishing
Release Date: May 29, 2013
E-Book File Size: 289 KB



Sixth-grader Vannie Taylor’s mom has just died. Her father’s completely lost without his wife and brings Vannie and her younger brother to live in a dismal cottage on the estate where he manages craft fairs, dinners, and other events.

A ghost named Archie befriends Vannie, and helps her prepare a wonderful supper for her brother. After Vannie discovers Archie’s secret, he asks Vannie to help him make amends for something in his past. But helping Archie means accepting a very large change in her own life. Things get back to normal for Vannie, but not in a way she’s ever imagined.



This was a fun read.  I wouldn’t have thought that I would like YA books that are truly geared towards the 10-12 year age range, but I thought this book had a lot of good morals and could teach a child a thing or two.  The book was written from a child’s perspective and I thought the author did a great job with that, I truly felt like an 11 year old was telling me this story.  The ghost, Archie, isn’t a scary ghost and is truly trying to help someone have a better life.  He even helps Vannie see that life can go on despite the tragedies in the recent past.

We give this 4 1/2 paws and if you are looking for a book for your child, definitely check this one out!



About the author

marlilyn levisonMarilyn Levinson, a former Spanish teacher, writes mysteries, romance, and books for children and young adults.

Her romantic suspense, DANGEROUS RELATIONS, is a love story entwined with an intriguing mystery. GIVING UP THE GHOST is an entertaining ghost mystery. The first of her Twin Lakes Mysteries, A MURDERER AMONG US, was awarded a Best Indie of 2011 by Suspense Magazine. A new edition of A MURDERER AMONG US and its sequel, MURDER IN THE AIR, will be out soon.

A ghost, a mansion, and a feral Maine Coon cat feature in Marilyn’s brand new YA, GETTING BACK TO NORMAL. Three of her popular out-of-print children’s books, AND DON’T BRING JEREMY, NO BOYS ALLOWED, and RUFUS AND MAGIC RUN AMOK are now available as ebooks.

Marilyn is co-founder and past-president of the Long Island chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives on Long Island.

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