From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6. Through journals, poetry-loving Lucy bares her soul, while troublemaker Andy sketches war planes. Under their caring teacher's direction, each child embarks on a journey of self-discovery that culminates in unexpected friendship.
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Gr. 4^-6. Sixth-grader Lucy Keane is excited about her new substitute teacher, generous Mr. Moffat, who writes a poem on the chalkboard each Monday and gives every student a notebook to start a journal. Through the journal, Mr. Moffat becomes Lucy's confidant and inspiration. Lucy begins writing poetry and becomes more attentive to the world around her, and her feelings about her divorced parents, her best friend, and the bane of her existence--a boy named Andy--come to light and are resolved. Andy's slow emergence as a writer and character contrasts nicely with Lucy's fast, emotive growth, and the journal format, graced by Lucy's perceptive voice, is quite appealing. The poems used throughout are well chosen and manageable for the age group, making the fiction more compelling and the book a good introduction to poetry and writing. Kathleen Squires