For Your Eyes Only!by Joanne Rocklin
When the new substitute teacher, Mr. Moffat, gets everyone in class to start keeping journals, Lucy bears her soul to him in her entries. Andy‹the bane of Lucy¹s existence‹reveals a secret in his journal that he can¹t bear to keep any longer. Candid and very sincere, this book¹s journal entries, poems, and drawings are interwoven to show the power of words and a teacher who cares.
Mr. Moffat, the sixth-grade substitute teacher, asks everyone in Lucy's class to keep journals that he might read. Lucy is articulate about her rather typical concerns and activities. She lives with her divorced mother and comments upon her father's new love life. She has squabbles with her girlfriends and is tormented by Andy, a classmate who turns out to be the victim of abuse. The terrain is familiar, if not predictable. The teacher introduces the children to poems by Lilian Moore, Langston Hughes, Valerie Worth, and others, reprinted and commented upon by Lucy. She writes poetry, too, most of which seems too accomplished for her character. The poetry gives this a lift but doesn't sustain it; Andy's serious problems are dealt with too quickly and neatly.
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