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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur

Listening for Lucca is a touching novel about family and sibling relationships for Middle School or older.

Opening sentence:  "I'm obsessed with abandoned things."  

Thirteen-year-old Sienna has a collection of things left-behind or forgotten; she rescues them when she finds them:  a stuffed lamb left on a park bench, a hair clip, things of no value, things that simply need rescuing.  

Sienna's family has just moved to Maine.  Her parents hope that the move will be good for all of them, but especially for Lucca who doesn't speak.  No one knows why Lucca , now nearly four-years-old, suddenly went silent.  He doesn't seem unhappy, he is definitely loved, he has tested normal on intelligence and physical tests, but he doesn't speak at all.  

The old house by the sea that becomes their new home is familiar to Sienna from her dreams.  Her parents chose the house because it looked the way Sienna had described her dream house;  Sienna realizes that is the same house, not just a house that is similar, and she feels a presence in the house.

Family and friendship and a young girl with a good heart and a strange ability to see ghosts.   What influences exist between past and present?

NetGalley/Random House Children's/Wendy Lamb Books

Paranormal/Historical/Young Reader.  Aug. 6, 2013.  Print version:  240 pages.
  • ISBN-10: 0385742991

1 comment:

  1. It seems like it's all about trilogies nowadays isn't it? I like the premise of this one!