Listening for Luccaby Suzanne LaFleur
"I'm obsessed with abandoned things." Siena's obsession began a year and a half ago, around the time her two-year-old brother Lucca stopped talking. Now Mom and Dad are moving the family from Brooklyn to Maine hoping that it will mean a whole new start for Lucca and Siena. She soon realizes that their wonderful old house on the beach holds secrets. When Siena
"I'm obsessed with abandoned things." Siena's obsession began a year and a half ago, around the time her two-year-old brother Lucca stopped talking. Now Mom and Dad are moving the family from Brooklyn to Maine hoping that it will mean a whole new start for Lucca and Siena. She soon realizes that their wonderful old house on the beach holds secrets. When Siena writes in her diary with an old pen she found in her closet, the pen writes its own story, of Sarah and Joshua, a brother and sister who lived in the same house during World War II. As the two stories unfold, amazing parallels begin to appear, and Siena senses that Sarah and Joshua's story might contain the key to unlocking Lucca's voice.
“LaFleur (Eight Keys) offers an enticing blend of history, mystery, and family, perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me.”
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2013:
"Tender and brave, Siena is a heroine to be admired... All is well in this lovely and magical tale."
Gr 5–8—Thirteen-year-old Siena moves from New York City to a Maine coastal town before the start of eighth grade. Unlike most teens, she doesn't mind the change. Her strange visions make it difficult to establish close friendships, and she's hoping a new school will allow her to shed her reputation as a weirdo. Like her parents, Siena also hopes the new environment will encourage her mute three-year-old brother to begin speaking again. Siena starts to uncover oddities about their new home: she sees and hears flashes from the past, and an old pen begins writing its own story. She becomes engrossed in discovering all she can about the house's former inhabitants, a family living there during World War II. Although her weirdness doesn't disappear, Siena is able to form friendships and even a budding romance as she continues to investigate the house's secrets. Her ability to see, interact with, and even alter the past eventually provides her with the insight to help her brother regain his desire to speak. Although Siena's propensity for strange visions has the potential to create a creepy, suspenseful mood, the plot, especially in the first half of the novel, is more deliberate than gripping. The introduction to World War II battlefield trauma lends an interesting historical aspect. Recommend this one to readers willing to stay with a slow beginning for a satisfying conclusion.—Lindsay Cesari, Baldwinsville School District, NY
- Random House Children's Books
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- 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
SUZANNE LAFLEUR received her MFA in writing for children from The New School. This is her third novel.
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This book put me in a whole new perspective of the world. I can't explain how it made me feel. It was a journey I will have no problem going back to. It taught me that anything is possible even if it is the craziest thing ever, as long as it will do good. :)
I did not realize this was a book for young people. My sister recomended it. I loved it. Very well written and a great story.
This was so good! I would definetely reccomend it to anybody. Kind of slow moving in the beginning but totally worth it to keep going!
This is by far one of the best books I have read! In the beging the book was a little weired to me but as I kept on reading the book came together and all of it came so clear to me. This book is one of my top 10 books of all time and l love this author. I engourge you to read this book and others by this author
Love the book so far,i am on chapter 5. I think should really buy it.
Listening for Lucca is awesome! If you have not read it you should think about reading it...