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Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Meby Katy Kelly
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I'm Lucy Rose and here's the thing about me: I am eight and according to my grandfather I have the kind of life that is called eventful, which means NOT boring. According to my mom and my grandmother I'm what they call a handful. And according to my dad I am one smart cookie.
I say I am one girl who is feeling not-so-sure about things on account of my parents got a separation. Plus my mom and I just moved to Washington, D.C. Plus I haven't met any friends yet but I do know someone who is not one and that is Adam Melon, who I call Melonhead.
Here's another thing about me: most of the time I am plain hilarious.
First-time author Katy Kelly introduces us to an original thinker who's got a lot on her mind and she's ready to share (minus the boring parts, of course). Lucy Rose is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind girl with spark, spunk, and one great pair of cowgirl boots! (No kidding!)
"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.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Lucy Rose's mental growth is perceptible...in a text that delivers these mature and complex concepts simply enough for her young audience, an amazing feat for any author, especially in a debut." Kirkus Reviews
"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." School Library Journal
Eight-year-old Lucy Rose keeps a diary of her first year in Washington, D.C., her home since her parents' separation, where she spends time with her grandparents, makes new friends, and longs to convince her teacher to let her take care of the class pet during a holiday.
A first-time author introduces an original thinker who's got a lot on her mind and she's ready to share (minus the boring parts, of course). Lucy Rose is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind girl with spark, spunk, and one great pair of cowgirl boots.
About the Author
Katy Kelly has worked as a reporter for People magazine, a feature writer for the Life section of USA Today, and is currently a senior editor at US News & World Report. Katy, her husband, and their daughters, Emily and Marguerite, now live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
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