Levi Sprocket

what's in my pocket?

Children - Preteen
80 Pages
Reviewed on 05/29/2012
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Author Biography

Debi Slinger lives outside of Melbourne in Australia with her three children. Her first book, Poppy Pretzel - passage into puberty was an instant success. But with the encouragement of friends she wrote the 'boys' version of what it's like to go through puberty called Levi Sprocket - what's in our pocket?
Debi is now writing her 3rd and 4th book concurrently.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lorraine Carey for Readers' Favorite

Levi Sprocket is a slob and loves it! This story will leave you reeling with laughter as a young boy comes of age while he is fighting back his newly found physical changes that happen to all boys his age. He maybe the new age Pigpen from Charlie Brown. Sadly, he is torn between remaining as a boy and emerging into a young adult. He is labeled a slob by his family and friends. His acts of messiness and uncleanliness will have you in stitches! And the best part is that he loves his scrappy image, until his sister decides to help him clean up his act! As he tries out for a leading role in the school play all of his bodily changes seem to attack at once! Within the laughter you will actually feel empathy for him as he begins to be aware of his need to accept these changes and fit in. His grandma will save the day when she gives him a magical tool to help him get through his big night.

Debi Slinger writes with such humor and uses real life situations that will leave the reader not wanting this story to end. As I read some of the situations Levi experiences I couldn’t help but reflect on my own brother’s funny pubescent changes he went through. As a children’s literature specialist I can assure you this is a sure winner with young adult boys. It takes a lot to motivate young boys to read and I can just see them cracking up with every chapter of this book!

Brenda C.

Levi Sprocket has always dreamed of being an actor, and it is time to try out for the school play, but he has hit puberty head on and is experiencing all sorts of weird changes in his body. Some are pretty embarrassing, such as the giant zit on his chin, or his ever cracking voice. He is also starting to worry about things like BO as well as the type of clothes he wears, but has no real fashion sense. Thankfully for him, his twin sister Lily is willing to help out not only with clothes but with hairstyle as well. Something else that he notices is that whenever he is around his friend Aly's is reacting in ways that it has never done before.

Debi Slinger made the character of Levi Sprocket come to life inside the pages of the story. I think young boys will find themselves relating to Levi, because he is just like them. He has a sister and brother, doesn't really like to keep his room clean, enjoys sports, and is always hungry. The thing is that just like an average boy his age he is starting to experience some changes with his body, and knows puberty has struck. He worries about the changes going on with his body, and often feels embarrassed, especially when his voice starts to crack. I thought it was great that we meet Levi's friends and see that they are all developing at different rates. I enjoyed how Ms. Slinger allowed Levi's family to play major roles in the story, and thought that she captured the brother/sister relationship between Levi and Lily quite well. I would easily have to say that my favorite secondary character had to be Levi's grandmother, because she seemed so cool. The author also includes a glossary in the back of the book explaining some of the words she uses in the story, which would be very helpful for teen boys.

Overall, I think this is a very well-written story that just might help alleviate some of the anxiety and embarrassment your teen might feel because of the changes going on with his body. This is a book that just might open the door for parents who know they need to have the "sex" talk with their child but aren't sure where to begin.

Jean Brickell

"Levi Sprocket" by Debi Slinger is an exceptional book that is a work of fiction but describes in detail the changes a boy goes through in puberty. Young Levi contends with nocturnal emissions, acne, body odors, inopportune erections, voice change, insatiable appetite, and growth spurts. The one that seems to bother him the most is the voice changes that result in his voice cracking at the worst times. He has a great family that helps him through these problems. Teachers and the coach help too. There is a grandma also who gives him great advice and totally understands the interest that Levi has in acting and gives him advice and encouragement in his high school play. Ali is his partner in the play as they have the two leads and looks as if this could lead to a teen romance. In all phases, this is a remarkable book and highly commendable.

I really liked the book "Levi Sprocket". Every young boy should read this! It covers all the changes a boy goes through in puberty and that too in detail. This book will give the adolescent boy a sense of security that the changes he is going through are normal and just as they should be. The book is well-written and has a nice story that makes it not a text book, but will hold the interest of any adolescent. Wouldn't hurt girls to read also so that they know the stress boys can be under during this time.