The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

Greetings from Colorado Springs, Colorado! I am taking a quick break from road trip posts to share my interview with debut author Dana Alison Levy. We chatted about the Fletcher family, reading,  and school libraries. I wrote the words in red, and she wrote the words in black. Thank you, Dana! 

Sam, Jax, Eli, and Frog are the Fletcher brothers, ranging in age from six to twelve, with passions that range from from invisible cheetahs to suspension bridges to what’s for dinner.

Dad and Papa are seriously good at what they do, which is being parents to four boys. I have only two kids, and let me tell you, the thought of going to zone defense is terrifying to me. There’s a reason we never let them outnumber us. Dad and Papa are pros.

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When I was Frog’s age I desperately wanted to do whatever my big sister was doing. Frog is far better at being his own person than I was.

Reading is absolutely vital to my health and well-being. It is how I recharge my energy when I’m depleted, how I find perspective when I’m lost, and how I refill my creative well so I can tell more stories. It’s also the way I connect to strangers around the world...when we’ve read the same books, we’re speaking the same language!

A Fletcher Summer is being written as we speak! (Well, not really. I took a break from it to finish these sentences.) It will continue with more Fletcher shenanigans and mayhem, but this time they are on their long beloved Rock Island, where they have to confront changes in both themselves and the place they love. 

School libraries are the wardrobe, the magic coin, and the spaceship all in one, or at least they should be. When I hear about budgets being slashed and libraries being reduced, I want to liquidate my assets (which admittedly, are largely made up of of stinky hockey gear and books) and donate to libraries! All students deserve a school library where they can find the book that makes them a reader.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me…Where I — or the Fletchers — dream of going next? I would love to send the Fletchers in an RV through the United States, or have them take an old-school European vacation (“Shenanigans in Chateaux!”). As for me? Well, my travel dreams are endless (it’s my favorite thing to do, after reading), but one that’s at the top of my list is Alaska. It looks amazing! Who knows if the Fletchers or I will take these trips, but it’s fun to think about.

I am giving away one copy of The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher

Rules for the Giveaway 

1. It will run 8/4 to 11:59 p.m. on 8/6. 

2. You must be at least 13. 

3. If you win, please pay it forward. 

Borrow The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 


  1. Alaska is so worth the visit (coming from someone who lives there now, and who married a lifelong Sourdough). Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Love knowing about this book - and I liked the interview style, with the leading phrase. Will be sending readers here to find out more about Dana!


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