Sunday, February 25, 2018
Christina M. Pagès, Lucy in Her Secret Wood (Waldorf Publishing, 2006).
Available in paperback, Kindle, Nook, and Audible.
Young adult fiction
Reviewed by Thomas Shey
Recently I finished a book called Lucy and Her Secret Wood by Christina M. Pagès. It is about a girl named Lucy and how she was left alone in a forest and discovered the natural beauty of nature there. She meets a boy there named Will and they become great friends. They eat food that Will brings and explore the woods together. Lucy becomes friends with the birds, the trees, and all of the animals the forest, especially Grandpa Tree who has a hollow trunk where she sleeps. Will even gives Lucy a recorder, which she learns to play wonderfully. A poet finds her and asks her to play. Lucy becomes very attached to the forest, but one day the police find her and they take her to an orphanage. She hates it there, but luckily the poet and his daughter are thinking about adopting Lucy, so she goes to their house for a weekend. While Lucy is there, she goes back to her secret wood and has a mysterious vision….
Lucy and Her Secret Wood is a wonderful story. It shows that you should take time to be outside and explore instead of being cooped up inside. It would be a great book for a family read aloud, and it would be good for ages 7-12. I cannot wait for the second book in the series, Lucy and The Woodland School of Wonder! Again, it is a great book!