From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8–Life has changed for injustice-fighting Lucy Moon. Not only is junior high less accepting than elementary school of her activism in support of animal rights, workers of the world, and other causes, but there are also those annoying boys who run a pencil up girls spines to check their development. But even more troubling is the fact that her mother has left for an extended photography trip around the country, leaving her with her detached father. To top it off, the towns richest citizen, Miss Wiggins, has fenced off her beloved sledding hill. True to form, Lucy organizes a Free Wiggins Hill campaign that at first excites her fellow students, and then turns them against her and lands her in a heap of trouble at school. Timberlake develops her feisty character through believable dialogue, both externally with her father, friends, and teachers, and internally, as she struggles with the value of fighting wrong in the face of escalating difficulties, including detention and Youth Action with horrible Mrs. Mudd. The carefully crafted plot moves through most of the school year as Lucy endures her mothers absence and Miss Wigginss powerful influence in the town of Turtle Rock, MN, first with depression and then with growing anger. Ultimately, all the plot threads pull together to create a satisfying conclusion.–Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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About the Author
Amy Timberlake won the Golden Kite Award for her picture book,The Dirty Cowboy
. She has worked as a book reviewer and columnist, a children's bookseller, a book event coordinator, and as the Public Information Officer at the Virginia Commission for the Arts.That Girl Lucy Moon
is her first novel. Amy lives with her husband in Chicago, Illinois.