The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons: Lucy at Sea


Ever since Lucy's parents drowned at sea, she's been protected by special magic. That's why, when Lucy's greedy uncle Victor tried to steal her house, her father's treasured "ship on shore" transformed into a real ship, leaving Lucy's troubles, and the shore, far behind.

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

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Ever since Lucy's parents drowned at sea, she's been protected by special magic. That's why, when Lucy's greedy uncle Victor tried to steal her house, her father's treasured "ship on shore" transformed into a real ship, leaving Lucy's troubles, and the shore, far behind.

Now her home is the ocean, and her family is a ragtag crew. Together, they set a course for Australia to find Lucy's last living relative, Aunt Pru—and answers about the curse that's said to haunt Lucy's family.

But Lucy doesn't realize that she's sailing in dark and dangerous waters. There are those aboard her ship who seek to turn fate against her and steal her family's treasures. Lucy still has her magic to protect her, but if she doesn't unlock her family's secrets before her enemies do, the sea might draw her into its stormy depths.

Brimming with seafaring adventure, glittering magic, and timeless wonder, Lucy at Sea is Barbara Mariconda's magnificent sequel to The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons.

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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.”
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: 695,069
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • 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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