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Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me (Lucy Rose Books) Hardcover – September 14, 2004
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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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To make matters worse, Adam Melon - whom Lucy Rose privately calls "Melonhead" - keeps pestering her! And why won't Mr. Walsh give Lucy Rose a turn at taking the class guinea pig home when everyone else does?
Luckily, there's a great new friend, Jonique, and Lucy Rose's grandparents Madam and Pop who live just a few blocks away. Madam's real name is Lucy Rose, too, and she and Pop are full of fun and great advice for their granddaughter.
Kelly creates a character who is both unique yet totally relatable! Young readers will be eager to spend time with the unforgettable Lucy Rose.
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.