Lucy Forever and Miss Rosetree, Shrinks

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Two sixth graders with a pretend psychiatry practice come upon a small mute child from an orphanage and determine they are going to use all their ...

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Overview

Sixth grade "shrinks" Lucy and Rosie love to invent psychiatric case histories, like a woman whose husband comes home in a bear costume and says he's going to eat her. But no case they ever imagined prepared them for the day a mute little girl with a scar across her throat walked through the door of Shrinks, Incorporated.

Two sixth graders with a pretend psychiatry practice come upon a small mute child from an orphanage and determine they are going to use all their knowledge to help her to talk.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
They're not actually shrinks, only two imaginative sixth-graders who pattern their ``practice'' on that of Lucy Forever's child-psychiatrist father. The girls befriend a young patient of the doctor'sbreaking one of his cardinal ruleswhen they sense a connection between her muteness and the bright red scar across her throat. Lucy Forever, undeterred by parental admonitions and a growing realization of the danger she is in, keeps looking for the reason for the girl's terrorand finds it. With a wonderful ear for the dialogue of children and the patterns of their most serious play, Shreve creates realistic, memorable characters. She moves easily from a child's make-believe world to the nightmare of an orphanage run by a psychotic child-abuser. A satisfying and deftly written story. Ages 10-12. (May)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Lucy Childs and Rosie Treeman have been best friends since nursery school. Now they are in sixth grade and have a "psychiatry" practice out of Lucy's basement. Lucy's father is a child psychiatrist and sees patients in an office behind their house. Although Dr. Childs supports the girls' pretend practice, he forbids them to have any contact with his patients. Things get sticky when a little girl named Cinder finds them through the basement window. Cinder, a patient of Dr. Childs, does not speak but does reveal the large scar across her throat just under her dress. The very compelling heroines thus begin to unravel a chilling tale of child abuse. It is easy for readers to become immersed in the plot because the characters and dialogue are believable, and action moves the story along. Because the book deals with sensitive and disturbing subject matter, it may not be appropriate for all children at the youngest age of the range recommended below. 1996, Beech Tree Books/William Morrow & Co., Ages 10 up, $4.95. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7 Shreve's intent is unclear here: if this is meant to be a spoof on psychiatry it is unsuccessful because it makes light of child abuse; if it is meant to be taken seriously, it fails because of uninvolved writing, poor plotting, and stereotyped characters. Sixth-grade Lucy Childs, daughter of a child psychiatrist, and her best friend play amateur analyst, inventing people with problems and making up solutions. When a mute four-year-old girl from the county orphan home wanders from Dr. Childs' office into the girls' play office, Lucy is determined to find out why the child refuses to talk and how she got the slash on her throat. Lucy discovers that the nurse at the home, Miss Brill, is abusing the children; Miss Brill is arrested; and Lucy's parents agree to adopt Cinder. The writing is cold, almost frighteningly so, and the light-handed treatment of an abused child is chilling: ``Miss Brill hit the child on the head, and Cinder fell over like a rag doll in the corner of the kitchen.'' Adults are either viciously evil, insensitive, or stupid. Dr. Childs sees little else around himparticularly the fact that his only child is a lonely child, crying for help, while he and her ditsy mother (``Mrs. Child's brain was always half absent'') take long day trips together. Other adult characters fare no better, particularly Lucy's piano teacher, who knows about events at the orphanage but who has been bribed to secrecy. There are too many holes here, too many unexplained motives, and too little sensitivity to the subject to make this work.Trev Jones, ``School Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688149581
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/21/1996
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 121
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.59 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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