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.
About the Author
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. The Emerald Shore is the final book in the Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons 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, Newbery award-winning author of The One and Only Ivan
“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
“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
“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
“Highly dramatic and visually stunning.” — Kirkus Reviews
“The world of ships and sailing comes to life with Mariconda’s rich details.” — Sacramento Book Review