Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Celebrating TEEN Read Week: Listening For Lucca by Suzanne Lafleur

In support of ALA's Teen Read Week I'll be highlighting a new TEEN read each day. Happy reading!

Published: August 16, 2013
Genre: Middle grade
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Themes: family, mystery, friendship, history, time travel
Add it on: Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes And Noble/ *Indie Bound*

About The Book: "I'm obsessed with abandoned things." Siena's obsession began a year and a half ago, around the time her two-year-old brother Lucca stopped talking. Now Mom and Dad are moving the family from Brooklyn to Maine hoping that it will mean a whole new start for Lucca and Siena. She soon realizes that their wonderful old house on the beach holds secrets. When Siena writes in her diary with an old pen she found in her closet, the pen writes its own story, of Sarah and Joshua, a brother and sister who lived in the same house during World War II. As the two stories unfold, amazing parallels begin to appear, and Siena senses that Sarah and Joshua's story might contain the key to unlocking Lucca's voice.

What Others Are Saying:  Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, June 17, 2013:  “LaFleur (Eight Keys) offers an enticing blend of history, mystery, and family, perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2013:
"Tender and brave, Siena is a heroine to be admired... All is well in this lovely and magical tale."

What I Thought: What I loved most about this book were the characters. Sienna is wonderful and I found myself relating to her. Even better, her family members all had their own kind of quirk. There wasn't a character that sat flat on the page. Even going into the past the characters were substantial. A wonderful story with heartwarming connections that stay with you after the book has ended.

About The Author: Suzanne LaFleur

Who: I grew up outside Boston in Newton, and later Natick, MA. During the school year I went to Catholic school, did a lot of homework, and read a couple books a week. During the summer I read a couple books a day and spent hours swimming and playing outside at our local pool or beach. I was very much a planner, dreamer, and writer, creating plays and shows for my siblings and the neighborhood kids to be in and filling up entire notebooks with novels. I always read late into the night and slept with a book under my pillow.
I went to college in Lexington, VA at Washington and Lee, where I studied English and European History; I went to grad school in New York City at The New School, where I studied Writing for Children.

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