The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons
By Barbara Mariconda
(Katherine Tegen Books, Hardcover, 9780062119797, 256pp.)
Publication Date: October 2012
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An enchanted flute that vibrates when danger is near, sparkling mist that unlocks a drawer of family secrets, and a bookcase that expands to conceal her hiding placethese are the bits of magic Lucy P. Simmons has experienced since her parents drowned at sea.
The magic is helping Lucy keep her houseFather's beloved "ship on shore"out of the hands of her greedy uncle Victor. Lucy thinks the magic is coming from Marni, a mysterious woman who seems to be one with the sea itself . . . and who bears a striking resemblance to the mythical siren in the painting in Father's study.
Together, Lucy and Marni devise a plan to stop Uncle Victor's conniving ways. In the process, Lucy makes unexpected friends and discovers that courage may be the most powerful magic of all. But will it be enough to prevail in the face of her evil uncle?
Barbara Mariconda's beautifully written and timeless story overflows with dazzling magic, swashbuckling adventure, and good, old-fashioned heart.
When she isn't writing, Barbara Mariconda spends her time empowering the next generation of authors in classrooms today through her company, Empowering Writers. She has authored scores of books for children and their teachers and is continually inspired by travel around the world. She lives in Connecticut with her faithful shih tzu, Little Man.
“A thrilling, magical story with a feisty, unforgettable heroine. I couldn’t put this book down.”
-Patricia Reilly Giff, author of Newbery Honor book Lily's Crossing and the Polk Street School series
“Lucy is an intrepid heroine with a swashbuckling spirit and a sailor’s heart. A grand and adventurous tale, as magical and mysterious as the sea itself.”
-Katherine Applegate, award-winning author of Home of the Brave and The One and Only Ivan
“Storms and high seas, a mysterious house and a more mysterious ship, a magical sparkling cloud that brings new hope—they are all here. This novel is a hymn to courage, with a tempo that turns the pages, a rhythm that stirs the spirit.”
-Gary D. Schmidt, National Book Award finalist and author of the Newbery Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
“Highly dramatic and visually stunning.”
“The world of ships and sailing comes to life with Mariconda’s rich details.”
-Sacramento Book Review
“In this riveting story, landlubbers and seafarers alike will find a song of loss, courage, loyalty and magic—altogether wonderful!”
-Kathi Appelt, author of the Newbery Honor Book and National Book Award finalist The Underneath
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