Freud and Freud, Inc.
Like many sixth-graders, friends Robin and Caryl are struggling to understand their classmates and families. These girls, however, take a different--albeit sensible--approach to the questions that plague them (e.g., why are brothers so bratty, why does Mom smoke, how to change those behavior patterns). Guided by Robin's uncle Lee, a psychologist, the girls form Freud and Freud, Inc., and look for ``clients'' upon whom to practice. Positive reinforcement, the friends learn, works on brothers, but negative feedback, such as nagging, can't change another person's bad habits. Critical readers may take exception to the stereotypical gender roles portrayed here, particularly with regard to the adults, but the girls, while talky, show genuine spunk. Though not especially distinguished, Mohr's novel does offer entertainment and possible enlightenment. Ages 8-12. (July)