Bound To Stay Bound

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 Luminous life of Lucy Landry
 Author: Johnson, Anna Rose

 Publisher:  Holiday House (2024)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 169 p., map, 22 cm

 BTSB No: 495110 ISBN: 9780823453634
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Orphans -- Fiction
 Ojibwa Indians -- Fiction
 Foster home care -- Fiction
 Lighthouses -- Fiction
 Heirlooms -- Fiction
 Father-daughter relationship -- Fiction

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Lucy, a spirited French-Ojibwe orphan, is sent to the stormy waters of Lake Superior to live with a mysterious family of lighthouse-keepers-and, she hopes, to find the legendary necklace her father spent his life seeking.

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/15/24)
   School Library Journal (02/01/24)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/24)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2024 Gr 3–7—Selena Lucy Landry (Lucy, for short) is full of imagination, wonder, and a taste for adventure—with one exception. After losing her father in a shipwreck, she has an overwhelming fear of the sea. This proves particularly difficult when she is sent to live with the Martins, a large Anishinaabe family of lighthouse keepers on a tiny island in Lake Superior. She arrives desperate to be loved but can never seem to say or do the right thing. Soon, however, a window of opportunity appears. The Martins live close to Mermaid's Corner, the site of a shipwreck her father often told her about. Can she find the ship's treasure that her father longed to discover? Will seeking it bring her closer to the Martin family, or is Lucy destined to not only be an orphan, but an outcast forever? Lucy has an enchantment reminiscent of Anne Shirley's, but Johnson adds so much depth to the 19th-century orphan story by weaving it with the girl's self-discovery as she connects more deeply with her Ojibwe heritage through her newfound foster family. There is also a nod to homeschooling as the Martins live far from school, and take pride in having their mother as a teacher. VERDICT Fans of L.M. Montgomery seeking diverse characters will rejoice at this heart-warming, feel-good adventure, as will families looking for books representing home learners.—Amira Walker - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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