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Grade 2-4–Lucy Rose is trying to adjust to all the changes in her life. Her parents have separated and she and her mother have moved to Washington, DC, to be closer to Lucy's maternal grandparents. The third grader misses her dad and her old friends, and she is struggling to fit in at her new school. She must also deal with Adam Melon, a boy in her class who teases her. Lucy wants a pet to replace the dog she left with her father so she is on a campaign to get her teacher to let her care for the class guinea pig during spring break. Inevitably, the animal gets lost, leading to disaster, and help comes from an unlikely source. Lucy's plight, which is told in diary format, is one shared by many children who are adjusting to life in broken families. The child meets her challenges with humor and honesty. Her grandparents and mother serve as key supporting players. This first-time author has captured the trials, tribulations, and joys of this eight-year-old. Lucy Rose is not as finely honed as Amber Brown or Judy Moody but she is funny, and she has a unique voice.–Linda Zeilstra Sawyer, Skokie Public Library, IL
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Gr. 2-4. In the spirit of Junie B. Jones, Amber Brown, and mother of them all, Ramona, comes Lucy Rose. Eight years old, Lucy has just moved to Washington, D.C., with her mother after her parents' separation. Kelly covers familiar ground. Lucy misses her father, she takes the classroom gerbil home for vacation and loses him, and Alan Melon, her nemesis (he has given her a valentine that says "You are a fart"), eventually becomes a friend. Her knowing yet funny voice will be familiar to any kid who has read books about Ramona or Junie or Amber. Yet there's something especially endearing about Lucy Rose, and her interactions with her parents, grandparents, teacher, and friends all seem believable and comfortable. Written as a month-by-month diary, this will give a push to readers ready to move beyond chapter books. Planned illustrations were not available in galley. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Lucy Rose
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (March 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440420261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440420262
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kim, a bookseller on October 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Here's the thing about Lucy Rose Reilly: She moves to a new town and starts third grade at a new school. She makes a friend and also an enemy. She struggles to deal with her parents' separation. She is obsessed with palindromes. There are also a big lie and a guinea pig, though the two are not related. Watch as Lucy Rose keeps it all together by recording her thoughts (only the interesting parts, mind you) in her new red journal.

To those who love Junie B., Lucy Reilly has the same sort of voice and shenanigans (without being a rip-off), but since she is older, she also has some weightier issues (the aforementioned enemy, the lie, and her parents' separation.) Full of wit, Lucy's story is one both boys and girls will enjoy. I marked it down on literary merit just because of the run-on sentences; it is, after all, in the voice of a third-grader.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HenderHouse on March 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Lucy Rose is not your typical 8-year-old; she's an "original thinker." We meet Lucy as she's starting a new school year, in a new city (Washington, DC). Lucy is facing the challenge of making new friends while dealing with her parents' separation. Told in Lucy Rose's voice, using the device of diary entries, the book includes lots of little events in Lucy's life, including losing the school hamster and making Valentine's Day cards for *everyone* including the dreaded Melonhead. Lucy Rose's voice is lively and distinctive; the diary format would make this a good classroom read-aloud for 2nd and 3rd graders.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
Lucy Rose Here's the Thing About Me

I read Lucy Rose Here's the Thing About Me by Katy Kelly. Lucy Rose is an 8 year old girl who is deffinetly a handful. What I mean by that is, she has an attitude.

This book is all about Lucy Rose, hints the title. It talks about her struggle throught her parents separation and about the fact that she has to move from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Washington D.C. She had a lot of friends in Michigan but now, she has to start all over, new school, new people, new friends. Lucy is really funny so it's not a problem for her to meet new people. She refers to herself as just plain hilarious.

This book was really funny, cute, and interesting. I also liked it because it was really easy to read and I never got bored. I don't like the fact that Lucy was always bossy.

Over all it's a great story but there's a small problem, it's for girls! So any girls that haven't read it should really check it out!

I'm sure a lot of People can relate to this story in some way. For example, you've probably moved or had to make new friends but eventually it all works out and you don't feel like the new kid anymore.

This book teaches you to have confidence in yourself and everything will work out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kid's doc on October 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Lucy Rose is a charming book that not only make parents and children laugh out-loud together, but also sends the important message that parents can get divorced, children can be moved and life can change in profound, hard ways - and still be wonderful. It is a book where children get to be smart and funny and independent; where parents are not the enemy and grandparents are an extra, if eccentric, blessing. It is a book for people with a sense of humor, who know how to find the joy in life. It is not for the grim or the maudlin. I not only recommend this book, I give it to as a gift - because it is one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Betz on July 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you liked Junie B. Jones, Amber Brown or Ramona, you will love Lucy Rose, a spunky eight year old girl who has moved to Washington D.C. from Ann Arbor, Michigan after the separation of her parents. She is an "original thinker" who wears red cowboy boots, hates being teased by Melonhead, and loses the classroom pet gerbil when she takes him home during a vacation from school. With sage advice from Madam and Pop (her grandparents) Lucy Rose tackles life's little problems in an indomitable fashion. Written in diary form, the 3rd grade voice of Lucy Rose comes through loud and clear.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Margo Howard on September 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a charming book told in a child's voice -- but very hip. As someone waaaay beyond the suggested age range, I am loving it. This would be especially useful for a kid whose parents are seperated or divorced.

Margo Howard
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Wedge on January 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for my 9 year old daughter, who hasn't shown much enthusiasm for my repeated attempts to foster a love of reading. She's old enough to think Junie B. Jones is a little "babyish", but she still likes a captivating character and a similar voice to Junie B. This is a fun book to read aloud, because some of the text is an inside joke to adults (at one point, Lucy Rose tries to fake illness, telling her mom she has "the heartbreak of sore irises!" I laughed at obvious play on advertisements for products to treat psoriasis, but my daughter didn't.) The characters are charming and Lucy Rose is convincing and fun. We've bought the next two books and are already enjoying "Big on Plans".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. K. Woodward on October 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Lucy Rose is a delightful read about an 8 year old girl and her every day adventures. Written as journal entries, the story truly captures the character and independent spirit of Lucy Rose. The story is set in Washington, D.C. which was of particular interest to my daughter since our family lives in the DC area. It was a "just right" book for those young readers (second and third grade) who are ready for the next step in reading chapter books. Lucy Rose has become one of my favorite "birthday gifts" for my daughter's friends and I would highly recommend it.
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