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For Your Eyes Only! Hardcover – April, 1997

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1st edition (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590674471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590674478
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,284,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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

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JOANNE ROCKLIN's latest middle grade novel is FLEABRAIN LOVES FRANNY. "Not to be missed!" (VOYA)

THE FIVE LIVES OF OUR CAT ZOOK won the 2013 Golden Kite Award for Fiction given by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. It is also published as an audiobook. "The only imperfection in this novel is that it ends." BOOKLIST, starred. It is a Parents' Choice Gold Award winner.

She is also the critically acclaimed author of several other books, including ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET, which won the California Library Association's Beatty Award, the FOCAL Award of the Los Angeles Public Library, and the California Book Award Gold Medal from the Commonwealth Club. It was also voted best middle grade by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. STRUDEL STORIES was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an American Library Association Notable Book, and FOR YOUR EYES ONLY!, was a School Library Journal Best Book and a Bank Street Best Book. Her early readers THREE SMART PALS and THIS BOOK IS HAUNTED will soon be e-books, the latter also to be released as an App.

She has a doctorate in psychology and is a former elementary school teacher, presently writing children's books full-time. For several years she taught a popular class in writing children's books at UCLA Extension. She gives presentations in schools, libraries and bookstores and has been a speaker for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the California Reading Association, and other organizations.

Originally from Montreal, Canada, Joanne lived in Los Angeles for many decades. She now lives in Oakland, California.

Her website is and she welcomes comments.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Denny on January 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Lucy learns some valuable things during the course of this book. She learns that a teacher can be a friend and confidant. She learns that writing about events and her feelings can be a wonderful release. She learns a lot about poetry, because it is her teacher's favorite thing, and he starts each day by writing a poem on the blackboard. The final thing she learns is about being judgemental. Sure, her classmate Andy is obnoxious and irritating. But once she sees why (his abusive stepfather), Lucy learns compassion.
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A Kid's Review on February 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Do you have a trouble maker in your class? Well if you do this is a great book for you. The book's name is For Your Eyes Only. The author is Joanne Rocklin and has 138 pages. This book has a trouble maker named Andy. Andy is a 6th grader who loves to collect shoe laces and supposedly has the mayor's shoelace. He is also a kid who experiences abuse in his home. He purposely trips his teacher and puts a snail toward where she is walking and she breaks her ankle. So now they have a substitute named Mr. Moffat who loves poetry. Every week he has a new poem up on the chalkboard. He gives each student a notebook and then asks them if he is allowed to read the students' stories. Each person has to write in the notebook. But his favorite student writer is a girl name Lucy.
Lucy loves to write. She lives in the same building as Andy. But she is concerned that she doesn't have her own privacy. So Mr. Moffat gives her the notebook but Lucy tells him it's FYEO, which that is short for "for your eyes only." Which Lucy pours herself and her heart on the notebook that Mr.Morffat gave her. But she also writes about her father leaving her and her mother. Also writes about how her dad lives in San Francisco and has another family.
Lucy has a best friend named Clarice. Clarice leaves Lucy for a girl named Brissana just because Brissanna knows more about poetry then Lucy. Then Lucy finds a new best friend that understands her life and that loves to read Lucy's poems. Then they make a club named THE INKIE PINKEYS because when they write with pen they get their pinkies all full of ink. Lucy thinks she is in love.
The book For Your Eyes Only is a book for whoever loves to write or who is falling in love.
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When the new substitute teacher, Mr. Moffat, asks Lucy's class to keep journals, she writes everything, hoping Mr. Moffat can and will keep it all secret. Lucy writes her real, hardcore feelings about her best friend, her secret love, and her dream to write poetry one day. She also writes about the daily upsets that grind her down-her nasty old apartment building, her griping mother, and Andy, a hostile boy in her class who lives in her apartment complex with his mean stepfather. Andy, on the other hand, doesn't write at all. He just draws jet fighters, explosions, soldiers and mean cartoons of Mr. Moffat and the kids in his class.
Lucy wants to write poems like the ones Mr. Moffat puts up on the blackboard each week. But she doesn't believe she can write good verse because Lucy can't see any beauty in her life. Her mother's apartment is so small, Lucy doesn't even have a bedroom. Los Angeles is too smoggy, too full of cars and pollution --- the sky isn't even blue anymore. In stark contrast, Lucy's dad has a beautiful house in San Francisco, and a gorgeous new wife. But Lucy is so unhappy when she visits them that she can still see nothing good.
Then, one great day, a flock of ducks land in the apartment complex's pool. Lucy writes all about them, getting super involved in their lives. A change happens with all the kids who live in the complex. Even Andy begins to like the ducks; he starts drawing the flock and scenes of the pond instead of his usual grisly war pictures. Andy begins writing, too. And when he does, he tells Mr. Moffat a very big secret. One so big, it could save his life.
Lucy is so real, she feels like you've known her forever. You even grow to like and understand Andy, although it takes a little longer.
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Format: Hardcover
For Your Eyes Only! -- a fast-paced novel, based on the journals of two pre-teenagers (Lucy and her nemesis, Andy), will be a satisfying and poignant reminder to you of what it is like to grow up. Joanne Rocklin has written a novel of truth and humor-- capturing the struggles and successes of two young people as they navigate the shoals of friendship, divorce, "secret love" and an abusive family relationship. An added bonus is the beautiful poetry she has woven so deftly into the story along with a metaphorical sub-plot of migrating ducks who lay their eggs at these children's apartment complex. Read For Your Eyes Only! with your child or your students-- you will find much to discuss and ponder here! Don't be surprised if this book inspires them to start keeping their own journals...
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By A Customer on June 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
This Book talks n=mostly about conflicts within families. Lucy is a good person and a good writer too. She writes poems. Andy is her brother and he hates her just because she likes to write and he doesn't. But when Andy discovers a secret about Lucy, the problems begin. Andy must decide whether to tell or write.
I really like the book because Andy discovers there are a lot of ways to talk about something. Andy knew that saying he hates Lucy wasn't right. Lucy wanted Andy to like her for the way she was.
I rewcommend this book because I really like the poems that Lucy wrote to the cereal. I really recommend this book for the people that like poems and have diaries or journals to write in.
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