Lucy Forever, Miss Rosetree, and the Stolen Baby

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9780688124793: Lucy Forever, Miss Rosetree, and the Stolen Baby

Lucy Childs and Rosie Treeman, two sixth-graders who love to invent psychiatric case histories, suddenly find themselves over their heads in a dangerous case involving an abandoned baby.

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Lucy Forever, a.k.a. Lucy Childs, and Miss Rosetree (Rosie Treeman) are the sixth-graders who run Shrinks, Incorporated, a psychiatric office for their 468 imaginary cases. Whereas Rosie is one of ten children, Lucy is an only child, and she wants nothing more than to have a baby sister. Lucy's parents are unable to have more children, but Mrs. Childs tells Lucy that she would be happy to oblige if some baby fell into their laps and, amazingly enough, one does. Dr. and Mrs. Childs are prepared to pay to privately adopt the baby, who has been abandoned by her mother, but they don't count on the trouble that ensues. First the baby, and then Lucy, is kidnapped and held for ransom. Luckily, Miss Rosetree comes to the rescue and, thanks to her (and a few other people involved), Lucy is saved and given what she desires most--her very own baby sister. A dull but serviceable sequel to Lucy Forever & Miss Rosetree, Shrinks (1987). (Fiction. 8+) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 4-7-While it will attract readers, this companion to Lucy Forever and Miss Rosetree, Shrinks (Knopf, 1988) suffers from some of the same faults as that title. Two girls who delight in playing psychiatrist-a fantasy game inspired by Lucy's father, a famous child psychiatrist-find themselves involved in a bizarre kidnapping plot. Shortly after Lucy's parents adopt an abandoned baby, the infant is kidnapped while in the girls' care. Then Lucy disappears. The plotting is poor; for example, certain sequences do not make chronological sense. The adult characters are an odd bunch: some seem emotionally vacant; others, such as the private detective and the kidnappers, incredibly stupid. The fate of the crooks is never revealed. In addition, the book's tone is cold, showing an insensitivity not only to psychiatry but to the legitimate fears of children.
Ellen Fader, Oregon State Library, Salem
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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