Guest Post by Author Marilyn Levinson ~ The Themes of My Children’s Books


Hi there everyone, Paul here today. I am so happy to have connected with author Marilyn Levinson. But, first a quick thank you to Brandi at Blkosiner’s Book Blog. Brandi is filling in for Kathy this summer and is hosting the Got Great Giveaways linky. Click here to head over to her blog and check out all the great giveaways going on there. 

Marilyn is the author of many books, but today she’s talking about the themes of three of her children’s books including And Don’t Bring Jeremy, No Boys Allowed, and Rufus And Magic Run Amok. I am finishing up And Don’t Bring Jeremy and plan on reading all three with reviews to follow. I must add here that I absolutely adore And Don’t Bring Jeremy.

 I don’t want to give too much away about the books, so let’s move on to the guest post. I am honored to have Marilyn on the blog today, her credentials are phenomenal: nominee for six state awards, an International Reading Association-Children’s Book Council “Children’s Choice”, and Best Indie of 2011 by Suspense Magazine. To find out which books these honors pertain to, keep reading.  Feel free to click on the cover images to head over to Amazon for purchase of any of her books. You can also learn more about Marilyn and her other books by heading over to Marilyn Enjoy!

What kind of book do kids like? One they find engrossing and easy to read, with memorable characters. No sermonizing, no moralizing, but a really great story. A good children’s book has a theme that impacts young readers, A good children’s book lives on indefinitely, regardless of the year in which it was written.

 photo anddontbringjeremy_zps1ba87a17.jpg Relating to a disabled sibling, being the new kid in school, and coping with bullies are themes in And Don’t Bring Jeremy, my first novel for children. Sixth and seventh graders, Adam and Jeremy Krasner, have just moved to a new neighborhood. Jeremy has neurological disabilities. He often acts up, which embarrasses Adam no end, especially when their mother insists that they play on the same Little League team. Adam is happy when Eddie, the coach’s son befriends him. He’s puzzled when Eddie makes fun of Jeremy. And then bad things start to happen in school, and it looks like Jeremy is responsible. Adam discovers the truth, and he and Jeremy confront the culprit. Adam learns to appreciate his older brother and to recognize Jeremy’s strength of character that flourishes despite his disabilities.
 photo noboysallowed_zps0bf52a5f.jpg The theme of No Boys Allowed is coping with the aftermath of divorce. Sixth-grader Cassie Landauer, her older sister Corrine, and their mom all react differently  when Cassie’s father divorces her mother,  marries a young lawyer in his firm, and moves to another state. Cassie declares war on all males, including her best friend, Bobby. However, she secretly starts to add to the stamp collection her father has left behind. Then Great-Uncle Harry moves in to convalesce from a heart attack, and discovers her secret. Cassie must undergo one more loss before she begins to deal with the changes in her life.
 photo Rufus_final-1_zps229a322f.jpegThough Rufus and Magic Run Amok is a funny book, important themes run through it: the responsibility of coping with magical powers and dealing with a bully. Rufus Breckenridge has mixed feelings when he discovers he has magical powers like his mother, grandmother, and aunt. For one thing, Big Douggie, who’s been chasing him home from school these past three years, is suddenly afraid of him. But being an “empowered one,” as his mother calls it, means taking lessons to control his magic and learn how to use it to help others. Bor-ing, Rufus decides. And so he keeps his secret to himself. His magic grows unchecked until it’s running amok. To his amazement, Rufus manages to hit a home run and to deal with Big Douggie without using his magic.

Bio: I was born in Brooklyn, New York. When I was fourteen, my family moved to Long Island where I’ve lived ever since, except for the four years I spent at Syracuse University studying to become a Spanish teacher. When my two sons were very young, I started writing YA and children’s books. And Don’t Bring Jeremy  was a nominee for six state awards; Rufus and Magic Run Amok was an International Reading Association-Children’s Book Council “Children’s Choice”; No Boys Allowed was printed in Sweden and Holland. Now I also write mysteries and romantic suspense. A Murderer AmongUs, the first in my Twin Lakes mysteries was awarded a Best Indie of 2011 by Suspense Magazine. I’ve two new books coming out in the next few months: Murder a la Christie, a mystery, with L&L Dreamspell, and a YA novel, Getting Back to Normal, with Untreed Reads.
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Here is a sneak peak at Marilyn’s new YA book Getting Back To Normal. Click on the image to head to the Untreed Read Bookstore to purchase.

Before we head to the giveaway, I wanted to let everyone know to mark you calenders for Wednesday July 10th. Why, you ask? That is the day of the first post on the brand new blog called Emblazon. Emblazon is a blog written by indie and traditionally published authors who care about producing high quality stories for kids. Their focus is “Tweens”, ages 11-14. One of the authors is my friend Sharon Ledwith. Head on over and check it out. It promises to be outstanding.

 Now, on to the giveaway. Enter the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win your choice of an ebook copy of  And Don’t Bring Jeremy. When you’re done, hop on over to all the other great giveaways by clicking on any of the links in the linky below. Don’t forget to leave me a comment. What’s your favorite type of children’s book?  

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. Wishing you all the best in all your publishing endeavors, Marilyn! Sounds like you’re filling a great need in children’s literature. Cheers!

  2. These books look like winners, Marilyn. Good luck. And Don’t Bring Jeremy is definitely on my TBR list.

    • Hi Rita,
      Thanks for stopping by! I loved Jeremy (oops, don’t want to spoil my review) and can’t wait to read the other 2. You won’t be disappointed with Jeremy. Have a great day!


  3. I liked hearing about the themes of each book. These sound like books that kids could really connect to and hopefully they will help them get through some tough times. I look forward to checking these out. Thanks so much for the giveaway. Wishing Marilyn much success! 🙂

    • Hi Jess,
      Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. I am getting ready to read the next two, and loved Jeremy. Jeremy is not only a great book, but timeless. I hope all is well with you!


  4. Sharon, Rita, and DMS–Thanks for stopping by and for your good wishes. Re my kids’ books: I love writing a good story, one kids can relate to.

  5. Paul,
    It’s my pleasure to be your guest. I’m delighted that you liked AND DON’T BRING JEREMY so much. As you know, the other books are very different from JEREMY as well as from each other.

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