The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons

The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons

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The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons is a beautifully written middle-grade fantasy adventure that Newbery Medal-winning author Katherine Applegate says is "as magical and mysterious as the sea itself."

Ever since her parents died, Lucy's house has magically awakened. An enchanted flute plays when danger is near. A sparkling mist unlocks drawers of family secrets. A mysterious woman named Marni arrives.

The magic helps Lucy keep her house out of the hands of her greedy Uncle Victor. As Lucy and Marni fight to stop Victor, Lucy makes unexpected friends and discovers the power of courage. But will it be enough to prevail in the face of her evil uncle?

Readers who love novels like Avi's The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle or the American Girl books will love the timeless adventure in The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 242 pages
  • 144 x 210 x 22mm | 358.34g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062119796
  • 9780062119797
  • 1,238,405

Review quote

"The world of ships and sailing comes to life with Mariconda's rich details."--Sacramento Book Review
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Back cover copy

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 place--these are the bits of magic Lucy P. Simmons has experienced since her parents drowned at sea.

The magic is helping Lucy keep her house--Father'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.
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Rating details

226 ratings
3.54 out of 5 stars
5 23% (52)
4 28% (64)
3 33% (74)
2 12% (28)
1 4% (8)

Our customer reviews

This is a cute middle grade read with a bit of magic dispersed throughout. Lucy's character is smart and cunning and she is always attempting to do the right thing - just the same as her parents would have done. In her trials the house seems to help her out - well, the house, or the magic, we aren't quite sure where it's coming from - but it's suddenly there. When Marni shows up and enters into Lucy's life things get even stranger for her. First of all she doesn't know who Marni really is, but Marni is convincing as a headmistress and is able to place herself in between Lucy and her aunt and uncle. Though, with an aunt and uncle reminiscent of Petunia and Vernon Dursley from Harry Potter - it doesn't take much to pull one over on them. They are the characters to hate in this story, along with the Brute - known for treating his children and dog very badly. The story ends with an opening to an adventure on the sea, leaving us without information on where the magic came from and who this Marni person is. I do wish there were more information given away, it feels as if everything is being held back for the next book in the series. ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake. Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest more
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