Lucy at Sea: The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons: Book 2

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Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Brave Lucy sails to Australia in even more exciting sequel.

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Educational Value

Lucy at Sea teaches readers about the skills and supplies needed for, and the dangers of, sea travel in the early 20th century. There's also some geography of New England and Australia as well as instructions on how to play the recorder. In general, the book gives kids an impression of the different ways people traveled and communicated in the days before cars, planes, and phones.

Positive Messages

Lucy at Sea shows that, with courage and focus, young people can be superb problem solvers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lucy is a brave, intelligent heroine; she survives despite her own fears and feelings of intense loss.

Violence

This isn't a violent novel compared to grown-up books or to modern films. However, the brutality of the evil Quaide (who's stabbed at one point and bleeds out), mention of the drowning deaths of a child's parents, and near-death experiences on the sea may make this a frightening, violent read for readers on the younger end of the book's age range.

Sex

Two teenagers have romantic feelings and kiss once.

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Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lucy at Sea is the second book in Barbara Mariconda's The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons series. In Book 1, Lucy begins to recover from the drowning deaths of her parents and to unravel a mystery that will end a curse that has plagued her family for generations. In this novel, she and her friends embark on a sea voyage to Australia to search for Lucy's Aunt Prudence. Before they set sail from Boston, Lucy and another child are almost kidnapped; scenes where they're grabbed and try to fight off their attackers can be scary. The journey's dangerous, as the travelers endure tempests and the threat of pirates. Lucy's safety is threatened by brutal thieves, and one of them is stabbed. Onboard the ship, Lucy also experiences her first crush and first kiss. Like Book 1, this volume is full of magic and heartwarming friendships.

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What's the story?

LUCY AT SEA is Book 2 in the The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons series by Barbara Mariconda. In the first novel, Lucy is rescued after an accident at sea but learns that her parents drowned. She then survives the cruel treatment of her appointed guardians and, with the help of new friends and some magic, begins a journey to find a long-lost aunt and an end to a curse that has plagued her family for generations. Here, in Book 2, Lucy and her friends set sail for Australia, where they believe they'll find Aunt Prudence. While their ship is still in port in Boston, Lucy and another child are nearly kidnapped; they also meet the man who will be the captain of their crew. They embark on a journey that brings natural and supernatural dangers including storms, pirates, cryptic playing cards, and even some voodoo.

Is it any good?

Lucy at Sea is a thrilling, satisfying adventure story with danger, magic, and a little romance. It picks up where Book 1 left off, and this story's brave heroes, scary villains, and descriptive language build further on the foundation laid in the first installment. Here, Lucy's adventures are even more exciting, and the world Barbara Mariconda creates onboard the ship is more original and well-realized than the coastal Maine atmospheres of Book 1. Readers will look forward to reading about Lucy's next journey in Book 3.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Lucy's search for her aunt and the way she uncovers clues. Could this story take place in modern times? How would it be different?

  • What do you think will happen in Book 3 of this series?

  • Lucy at Sea includes instructions and music for playing a song. Give it a try on a recorder or piano.

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