Grade 1-3-Children who are stretching their reading wings will enjoy these short chapter books. In Lucy, Bobby Quinn is a shy child who has no friends until he receives a beagle puppy for his eighth birthday. Named after a favorite baby-sitter who has moved away, Lucy becomes the child's best friend. During a long, hot summer, she helps him develop special relationships with an elderly neighbor, a talkative girl at dog obedience school, and a new boy who is also shy. Bobby's fears of new people and situations are skillfully captured, and the story is entertaining and well plotted. Bobby is an endearing character, and he and his dog are an appealing combination. Ghost Horse also deals with making friends, but with a supernatural touch. When Emily's family moves to a small town, she is unhappy about leaving her friends behind. From her new bedroom window, she spies a ghost horse and, with the help of a classmate, learns more about the fate of "Moonlight" and his owners. While many readers will identify more with the realistic portrayals in Cooper's work, Stanley's story also results in new friendships and provides readers with a bit of a mystery to solve. Welcome additions to any collection in which short chapter books are in demand.
Maura Bresnahan, Shawsheen School, Andover, MA
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For over 20 years, ILENE COOPER has been writing both fiction and nonfiction books for children, including The Golden Rule, Jack: The Early Years of J.F.K., and her Stepping Stones Absolutely Lucy, Lucy on the Loose, and Look at Lucy! She is also the children's books editor at ALA Booklist magazine.
Time was a Facebook .but a short one .I had a, great dog till February 10th but he passed away he was -10 years, oldPublished 6 months ago by Sharon l childers
I loved the book it was interesting and teaches a lesson about friendship. It is not very long and easy to read.Published 7 months ago by Isabel
If you are a dog lover looking for a chapter book for a boy or girl, look no further! Bobby is painfully shy, and has the nickname "Cry Bobby" at school, poor guy. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Reeder
My 4 year old granddaughter loves the book. I read a chapter a night to her at bedtime. We are on our third reading! Can't wait for new Lucy adventures to be published... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Karen Ropp
I like this book so now I can train my dog she needs practice a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also like this book because I like dogs!!!!!!!!!!Published 13 months ago by Storm V
She was 11 at the time & has always been a very good reader. She said she enjoyed the book.Published 16 months ago by Mary
My 7 years old girl love it! And me too! The book shows how important are friends in our lives...Published on February 27, 2013 by Maria Elsa De Monte