Lucy Was There... by Jean Van Leeuwen

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Morgan is angry with her mother for disappearing and taking her brother, Ben, with her. She can't understand why her mother would leave, and meanwhile she no longer fits in with her old friends. They seem ready to grow up faster, and they have mothers. Then one night Morgan is visited by a vision of Lucy-a gentle, caring dog who offers the comfort she needs . . . until she is able to accept the truth: Her mother and brother are never coming back.

Jean Van Leeuwen has created a touching and intriguing novel that captures the grieving of a preteen girl as she passes through the stages of anger, hurt, and healing.

About Jean Van Leeuwen

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Jean Van Leeuwen was born in 1937 and grew up in the town of Rutherford, New Jersey. After high school she attended Syracuse University, where she majored in journalism, thinking she would like to work on a magazine. Van leeuwen did work for a magazine briefly, then drifted into book publishing, where she found herself in the world of children¿s books, as an editor. She decided to try her hand at writing children's books and so took a writing class.Eventually, her first book, Timothy's Flower, was published. Since then, Van Leeuwen has written more than forty books. In her spare time she teaches a Writers' Workshop for adults and visit schools to talk about books. She also volunteers in a first-grade classroom, where she helps children with their writing. Van Leeuwen has written books that have won a wide array of honors, including the William Allen White Award, the South Carolina Children¿s Book Award, and the Booklist Editors¿ Choices.
Published May 13, 2002 by Dial. 165 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Readers will realize the psychological significance of Lucy, the "magic" dog who not only visits Morgan in her dreams but, just like Morgan's mother, sings lullabies and even plays cards;

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