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Here's the Thing about Me (Lucy Rose Books


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A laugh out loud story of a young girl with attitude!

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Katy Kelly is the author of all four books about Lucy Rose.


At the start of Kelly's entirely engaging first novel, third grader Lucy Rose introduces herself with appealing self-assuredness: "Here is the thing about me: According to my dad, I am one smart cookie. And according to my grandfather, I have the kind of life that is called eventful, which means not boring." Though readers will easily identify with the events in Lucy Rose's life, this candid heroine's energetic delivery of the boundless "things" she shares about herself makes them sound unique-and highly entertaining. Since her parents' recent separation, Lucy Rose has moved from Michigan to Washington, D.C., with her mother, whose own parents live nearby. Appropriately named Madam and Pop (given the girl's penchant for palindromes), Lucy Rose's wise and witty grandparents play a significant role in her life. The red-haired, freckled youngster narrates in breathless run-on sentences that call to mind Eloise's endearing chatter ("Here are some things about Mr. Welsh [my teacher]: He has a nice look of not too much hair and little round eyeglasses and he is skinnier than my dad and my grandfather, probably because he is one for good eating habits"). The incidents Lucy Rose recounts range from comical to genuinely affecting, as she begins to settle into her new surroundings. Her father tells her she has a "one-of-a-kind mind." Readers will resoundingly agree: she has a truly original perspective-and voice-and they will hope Lucy Rose returns to reveal more "things" about herself. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Gr 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 Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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