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Former Bethel Elementary teacher releases new YA book

Sheri Levy’s second career is filled with smiles and wags.

Levy is a retired educator. She was a special education teacher at Bethel Elementary in Simpsonville before turning her thoughts to novels. Now, she is writing for a young adult audience and telling stories that include – and benefit – service dogs. 

Trina Ryan’s Dogs in Training Series, Levy’s book series for readers in sixth grade and up, benefits PAALS, Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services, a Columbia-based nonprofit that trains service animals for children and adults. 

Levy’s first book, “Seven Days to Goodbye,” is set at Edisto Beach and focuses on a young girl who is a puppy raiser, preparing a puppy for its future role as an assistance dog. Along with the complex emotions that come with middle school, it also deals with the bittersweet feelings of caring for a puppy that will ultimately go on to spend its life with someone else. 

Her first book has won awards from the Dog Writers Association in 2015 and Readers' Favorite in 2017.

The recently released second book, “Starting Over,” takes place in Greenville. It focuses on friendship and budding romance, with a new puppy in the mix. 

Levy already has a third book in the works. Though it isn’t the path she planned, her retirement is bringing delight to readers and awareness to an important cause. 

“I never really thought of being an author,” Levy said. “I had always written. When we retired, I wrote out my bucket list. I didn’t know what direction I was going, but I wanted to write. I have found my voice and it’s at this (middle school) age level.”

Levy is the mother of two and grandmother of two, and she and her husband now share their home with two very special dogs. 

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