Bonjour Lucy Bee

Lucy has travelled to France for a family reunion with her French relatives. On the way to her aunt’s small hotel, she sees a line of refugees on the road. Lucy’s older cousin, Celeste, makes it clear she is anti-refugee and when there is a burglary at the chateau she blames the refugees.

Soon after, on a walk with Beau, the family dog, Lucy discovers Qasim, a young Afghan refugee in hiding. He has a suspected broken ankle and a high fever.

What is Lucy to do? She can’t take him home. But she can’t leave him there either.

She puts a plan in place and ropes in her other cousins to help. The burglaries continue and as Lucy and her cousins travel along the canals, danger stalks close behind and Lucy is tested to the extreme.

Written by Anne Ingram

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Vanessa Hatley-Owen, Kidsbooksnz ~ “Fancy a quick trip to France? All you need is a comfy place to read and this great book from Anne Ingram. French phrases throughout coupled with the descriptive setting has you feeling you are right there with Lucy. The plight of the refugees is handled well. There is plenty of action and a good resolution ties up everything at the end. A thoroughly good read.”

Rebekah Fraser, NZ Booklovers ~ “The story cracks along at a fast pace, with plenty of action, intrigue and mystery to keep readers turning the page. The author has created a wonderful cast of characters. Lucy is strong, compassionate and full of empathy. She takes on challenges and isn’t afraid to push boundaries or stand up for what she believes in.”  

Sarah Forster – The Sapling ~ “The author wastes no time in plunging Lucy into an adventure. Ingram has skilfully presented the emotions of a morally engaged girl confronted with unfamiliar cultural values. A very well written narrative focussing on the ability of children to see a moral surety where adults so often cannot. I think deep-thinking teens in particular will enjoy it.” 

Melissa Spark, Magpies magazine ~ “This book gently tackles the topic of prejudice, tolerance and the current refugee crisis. The easy way this is written genuinely asks the reader what they would do in a similar situation. There is nothing overly political in this book; only the truth about human relationships, identity and empathy.”

Ann David, Goodreads ~ “A rich and intelligent book designed to capture a young reader’s imagination. A pacey adventure story into which is woven a contemporary conundrum that challenges Lucy’s innate New Zealand sense of justice and fair play. Young readers will be hoping at every turn of the page that she makes the right choices.”

Meet the Kiwi author

Anne IngramFind out more about Kapiti Coast author Anne Ingram on her author page.


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Dimensions20 × 13 cm

Paperback edition



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Published by

White Gull Press

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