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    • Amber Brown Horses Around
      Amber Brown Horses Around
      by Paula Danziger, Bruce Coville, Elizabeth Levy
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      Amber Brown Is on the Move
      by Paula Danziger, Bruce Coville, Elizabeth Levy
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      Amber Brown Is Tickled Pink
      by Paula Danziger, Bruce Coville, Elizabeth Levy
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      Parrots & Pirates (Mystery at Sea)
      by Elizabeth Levy
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      Danger & Diamonds (A Mystery at Sea)
      by Elizabeth Levy
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      . . . If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution
      by Elizabeth Levy
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      My Life as a Fifth-Grade Comedian
      by Elizabeth Levy

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    A Junior Library Guild Selection

    “...This valuable book reminds us that we can learn from the lessons of history and so avoid reprising the dark days of this national nightmare.” —Booklist, STARRED 

    When people hear about scandals, they often say, ‘I wish I had been a fly on the wall.’” Here Balis and Levy provide that perspective, collecting snippets of quoted conversations, memoir, and analysis The resultant narration, set into a spacious, line-drawing-illustrated layout navigates the waves of cynicism and satire while keeping a weather eye on current events.”  -- Bulletin of Children’s Book Council, American Library Association. 

    VERDICT The book’s unbiased presentation is ­refreshing. Its focus on the human ­aspects of ­Watergate, equally so. Ultimately, Balis and Levy walk readers through the ­scandal with expertise. A compelling book that deserves to be on the shelf.– School Library Journal 



    Writing is always an adventure. I have been a full time writer for over 40 years and published over 100 books with over 6 million sold. But before I became a writer, I was involved with politics. I worked for Senator Robert Kennedy in 1968 when he ran for President. It was a tragic time when the campaign was cut short when he was assassinated. History was never boring to me. I realized even when I was young, that we all are living through history. In my newest work, I co-authored Bringing Down A President, with Professor Andrea Balis at John Jay College. In the 1970's we worked in theater together, and we realized that we had always wanted to be a "Fly on the Wall" to history. We decided to write about the Watergate Scandal, because it was a time when we all did get to be A Fly on THe Wall. 350 footnotes later, the book is coming out this August. My favorite compliment from students who've read it is that History can be funny and well as serious. It will be out soon... August, 2019. 









    Watch this video of Bruce and me talking about our great friend, Paula Danziger, and how we came to continue the Amber Brown series.




    I can't remember when I've had so much fun writing a book.  I've always loved horses and summer camp.  I also love my co-author Bruce Coville and my late friend Paula Danziger, the original author and creator of the Amber Brown series.   It was a blast brewing them all together.  To sharpen my horse sense, I volunteered at the New York Therapeutic Riding Center, Equistria, teaching children with disabilities how to ride.   The book also features a new character, Amber's counselor Carrie from Kiev. The real Carrie Danziger is a teacher in Kiev, Ukraine.  Carrie is Paula's niece and the original inspiration for Amber.  Since Carrie was also a teacher in Alexandria Egpyt during the Arab Spring, she has quite a few of her own adventures to report.   

    Alexandria Library, Liz, Bruce Coville, Kathy Coville and Carrie Danziger



    Reviews for Amber's Return: 


    Amber Brown makes an exuberant reappearance in this installment, written by two close friends of the late author. Coville and Levy don’t miss a beat as they channel the voice of Danziger’s funny, acerbic, and pun-loving heroine. Throughout the story, happiness and sadness are closely entwined for nine-year-old Amber. - Publishers Weekly (click for full review)   


     Amber Brown fans will rejoice; against all odds, their favorite protagonist is back. After Paula Danziger passed away in 2004, it looked like readers would never find out how things would work out for Amber….Through the efforts of two of Danziger's author friends, Amber has returned, with her funny, often slightly ironic, first-person voice that perfectly captures the tribulations and triumphs of the middle-grade years. Kirkus (click for full review) 


    Amber’s original voice rings true, delivering plenty of wordplay and hilarious, wide-eyed observations….This lovable nine-year-old will appeal to current Amber Brown fans and undoubtedly recruit new ones. - School LIbrary Journal, October, 2012. Balkin Buddies Blog (click this link for full review) 

    A special thanks to Catherine Balkin, who brings authors and schools together and who arranges my author vistis. Over at Balkin Buddies they help spread the word about their authors' new books. Please check out her blog when you get a chance -- 


    Paula Danzinger  was one of my best friends. Paula and I could always make each other laugh.  We both loved kids, bad puns, heart to heart talks about life, loss, love and families and how to survive them. Bruce Coville, the great author of over 100 books (between us that now makes nearly 200) was Paula’s other ‘best’ friend.

    Now Bruce and I are continuing  Amber’s adventures in her wonderful tradition of bad puns, heartfelt friendships and honesty. And the original Amber, Carrie Danziger, has also added her thoughts on being Amber.

    The series will continue with new books by the two of us in 2013, and 2014.  In fact, Bruce and I just finished Amber Brown Moves On (to be published in 2013) 


    Press Links

    Publisher's Weekly Interview

    School Library Journal Interview

    Kirkus Interview  

    Interview: JLG’s Susan Marston Talks About the Hottest Upcoming Books for Fall 2012

    The Top 21 Middle-Grade Books for September 2012






    “When two veterans such as Levy and Gerstein join forces, it's clear the result is going to be good, and with its intriguing high-seas locale, this new mystery series doesn't disappoint. A smart heroine, a cute boy, and a mystery…..make this right on target for a middle-grade audience. And with Caldecott Medalist Gerstein behind the expressive double-page illustrations, you can be sure the artwork is of a higher caliber than is found in most series fiction. Anchors away!" - Booklist, October 2010

    "This high-seas mystery takes the reader through 148 pages of mayhem and adventure....Mystery, intrigue and a healthy dose of fun takes you from sea to shore and back...we can easily see Danger & Diomonds (leap) to the top of our list for mystery-loving tweens and any family who wants to get their kids excited about and upcoming cruise." The Lollipop Road, A Family Friendly Travel Blog, Randy Poisson, author of Cruising with Kids.

    Max, Philip, Lady Windermere and Philippa edited by Mordicai Gerstein
    Buddy, Liz and Max

    My wonderful good friend and Caldecott Medal Winner, Mordicai Gerstein illustrates the Mysteries at Sea series. We are together again, doing what we love most, mysteries and adventure with a good jolt of humor and jokes. Come cruising with us—we’ve got diamonds, duchesses, freak waves, parrots, and a captain’s son with a royal secret. Best of all, we’ve got dogs! They are taken from real life—my dog Buddy and his best friend Max. So what are you waiting for? Grab some sunscreen and come cruising!