NOTE TO TEACHERS
ABOUT LUCY ROSE
Lucy Rose is very unique, except she’d be the first to tell you that is not the right thing to say because you either are unique or not but you can’t be very unique–though if someone would qualify Lucy Rose would be it. First, there’s Lucy Rose’s fashion sense. She likes color–pink, orange, yellow, green it all looks good on her, especially on the same day. Plus, she likes words. Lucy Rose collects palindromes and words that knock her colorful socks off. But Lucy Rose is worried about some things too, like the fact that her parents are separated and how she lives in Washington, D.C., 500 miles away from her dad and old friends. Plus it’s not easy being the new girl or trying to make new friends, but Lucy Rose is a girl that will face the challenge with her red boots on!
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Jonique’s family is getting ready to open a bakery, only it is a lot more work and money than they ever expected. What will they do? Leave it to Lucy Rose to come up with a plan to save the day! While Lucy Rose does everything she can to raise money for the cause, Ashley does everything she can to make Lucy Rose miserable. How will Lucy Rose handle Ashley and the pressure to succeed?
ABOUT THIS AUTHOR
Here’s the thing about Katy Kelly: If you look at Lucy Rose’s life and then look at Katy’s, you’ll see that in some ways they’re very similar. Katy grew up on Capitol Hill and had a dog named Gumbo. Her parents are very much like Madam and Pop . . . and she’s an original thinker, at least according to her dad. Now working as a writer, Katy Kelly has worked as a reporter for People magazine, a feature writer for the Life section of USA Today, and was a senior editor at US News & World Report. She comes from a family of writers. Katy’s mom, Marguerite Kelly, is the author of The Mother’s Almanac and the syndicated column, The Family Almanac. Her father, Tom, wrote for the long-gone Washington Daily News and her brother, Michael, was a syndicated columnist and the editor of the Atlantic Monthly. Her sister, Meg Kelly, is an Emmy Award-winning television writer. Katy, her husband, and their daughters, Emily and Marguerite, now live in Washington, D.C.
Ask the class: Have you ever tried to raise money? How can kids earn money? How do you think Lucy Rose
might attempt it?
Encourage students to complete these activities as they read:
• As you read find quotes that you think are important to understanding the story or the characters. On the left-hand side add the quote and on the right add your response.
• A summary is a short statement about the most important parts of a story. After you read each chapter write a short summary about what happened during that chapter. Be sure to focus on only the most important parts of the story.
• Make a list of the ways people earn money in the story. Then discuss which jobs you’d most like to get involved in.
• Have students write a letter to Katy Kelly about what they learned by reading Lucy Rose’s stories. How did they feel about Ashley’s behavior? How would they try to raise money for friends? Would they have refused to walk with Melonhead too?
• Lucy Rose makes Mrs. Hennessy a “Things to Remember” book with important pictures. Instruct the class to create a
similar book for Alzheimer’s patients in their own town.
BEYOND THE BOOK
ASK KATY KELLY
Do your students have questions for the author about her writing and characters? Have them e-mail her at AskKatyKelly@gmail.com today!
OTHER TITLES OF INTEREST
Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me
Lucy Rose: Big on Plans
Lucy Rose: Busy Like You Can't Believe
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