The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons: Lucy at Sea


Newbery Medal–winning author Katherine Applegate says this magnificent second book in the Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons series is "a grand and adventurous tale."

Ever since Lucy's parents drowned at sea, she's been protected by special magic. This magic saved Lucy from her greedy uncle by transforming her house into a ship.

Now her home is the ocean, and her family is a ragtag crew. Together, they set sail for ...

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Newbery Medal–winning author Katherine Applegate says this magnificent second book in the Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons series is "a grand and adventurous tale."

Ever since Lucy's parents drowned at sea, she's been protected by special magic. This magic saved Lucy from her greedy uncle by transforming her house into a ship.

Now her home is the ocean, and her family is a ragtag crew. Together, they set sail for Australia to find Lucy's last living relative, Aunt Pru.

But a mysterious family curse still haunts Lucy. If she doesn't unlock her family's secrets before her enemies do, the sea might draw her into its stormy depths.

Readers who love middle-grade novels like Avi's The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle or the American Girl books will be swept away by Lucy at Sea.

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Editorial Reviews

Gary D. Schmidt
“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.”
Patricia Reilly Giff
“A thrilling, magical story with a feisty, unforgettable heroine. I couldn’t put this book down.”
Katherine Applegate
PRAISE FOR THE VOYAGE OF LUCY P. SIMMONS:“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.”
Kathi Appelt
“In this riveting story, landlubbers and seafarers alike will find a song of loss, courage, loyalty and magic—altogether wonderful!”
Sacramento Book Review
“The world of ships and sailing comes to life with Mariconda’s rich details.”
Children's Literature - Bonnie Smithey
Young Lucy Simmons, on the brink of turning thirteen, sets sail from Boston in search of her Aunt Pru in Australia. Lucy’s life has been turned upside down with the passing of her parents, and now her search for her aunt is her only hope of finding out her family’s secrets. Marni, Georgie, Addie, Walter, and Lucy prepare the unique ship for sail, gathering supplies and a crew for sailing. After setting sail, Lucy notices they are being followed by another ship; even after a mysterious storm puts them days ahead of course, the other ship still remains close enough to see. Lucy’s father’s trunk is aboard and locked tight. She must figure out the code for the lock to get to the contents—contents that she hopes will shed light on where in Australia her Aunt Pru might be. Strange and magical things occur for Lucy and the ship, which was made from the home in which she lived with her parents. Lucy has learned to live with an eyeglass that has a will of its own and helps her see pieces of a puzzle; a musical flute that forces her to play a certain tune, and wild storms that appear out of nowhere. After getting the safe open and finding the contents with a map and information on Aunt Pru, Lucy begins to feel a step closer to understanding her parents and family. Once in Australia, Lucy, Marni, and Walter head out on camels to find Aunt Pru. When they do find her, Aunt Pru answers some of the questions Lucy has about her family, but she has a long way to travel to find the final answers to her questions. At least now, she will have Aunt Pru. This is a delightful book for the landlubber and the seafarer alike. This is the second book of the “The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons” trilogy, and readers will want to start at the beginning to join right in with this colorful cast of characters. A glossary of nautical terms in the back will help with the lingo used aboard the vessel. Reviewer: Bonnie Smithey; Ages 8 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
The adventure continues for Lucy as she searches for family members, a family fortune and a family curse. When The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons (2012) concluded, Lucy's seaside home in Maine had been transformed into a sailing vessel. Now, with the mysterious Marni, housekeeper Addie and three children fleeing an abusive father, she sets sail for Australia. Hopefully, she can locate a long-lost aunt and learn why the family has been cursed. Marni arranges for a crew which consists of a typical assortment of characters, including two from the Caribbean who practice voodoo. Magic was an important player in the first volume, but it takes center stage here in the second. Storms brew and dissolve by way of magic as a spectral ship appears and disappears. A deck of cards magically provides clues to Lucy's family history and a surprise relative. A flute magically plays notes that help Lucy work out the combination to her father's safe. Mariconda still provides highly visual settings, but she relies on magic too heavily, letting supernatural forces control the voyage in place of character development or actual navigation. A breathless run of events concludes the tale, which could be tied up in a final installment. Lucy's fans and fans of magic will enjoy the trip. (glossary) (Historical fantasy. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Lucy's story began in The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons (HarperCollins, 2012), when she was newly orphaned. The pluck (and a bit of magic) that she demonstrated allowed her to escape from her callous, potentially lethal, uncle. That same grit, and a great deal more magic, help Lucy now as she sets out to find a relative who has researched the curse that ails her family-the same one that caused the death of her parents. Lucy and a motley crew set sail from Maine and travel to Australia in seach of her long-lost aunt. Magic figures prominently throughout the entire voyage, not only propelling the ship along at a fantastic speed, conveniently saving the characters from several disasters, but also allowing Lucy to find clues (through a very special deck of playing cards) to locate her aunt. Sailing on a 19th-century ship is effectively described using nautical terms. An adept sailor herself, Lucy interacts regularly with everyone onboard. The international crew spouts accents that are almost clichés (a native of the Caribbean reveals that "…back on my island, me, I be da shaman. I feels dings of the spirit world…" while an Italian warns of an iceberg, saying, "Bergy-bit, this-a big…Ice-a-berg….") The characterization is a bit thin but the tale unwinds at breakneck speed to a generally satisfying ending that leads in to the next installment.—Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062119933
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 420,508
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet 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.

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