Lucy Bee And Soline

Lucy’s friends have their career paths sorted, but 15 year old Lucy is floundering.

When she welcomes French exchange student Soline into her family home, she has no idea their friendship will lead to surprising discoveries about her own country and its history, much less a visit to France and a revelation that will pave the way to an exciting career she’s never even dreamt of.

Soline, wanting a change of scene and adventure, travels to New Zealand where everything is new and different. She’s just settling in, when her sister calls with alarming news – their chateau will have to be sold. With Lucy’s help, Soline searches desperately for a way to prevent losing the home her family have lived in for generations.

Does the past hold the secret? How important is heritage in making you who you are?

Written by Anne Ingram

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NZ author David Hill ~ “Teenage girls especially will like the idealism, energy and intensity of Lucy and Soline.”

Nova Gibson, Read NZ Te Pou Muramura ~ “This novel is the third in the Lucy Bee series but is a complete story in its own right. Soline is a French student staying with Lucy Bee’s family on the Kapiti Coast. Lucy Bee’s classmates all seem to know what they’d like to do after high school in terms of study and career, but Lucy Bee feels adrift with no clear path ahead. One day, Soline receives a phone call from home with devastating news: the family chateau may have to be sold. Soline is understandably upset as it has been in her family for generations. As Soline opens up more and more to Lucy Bee, they make comparisons between the importance of land and heritage in France and Māori land issues in Aotearoa. The girls read about Patricia Grace’s battle with Waka Kotahi to keep family land.  Anne Ingram tells the story in alternating chapters from each girl’s perspective. This mostly works well and the supportive friendship between them is a delight. The front cover sums up the novel beautifully. A chateau with grape vines is juxtaposed with a marae, native NZ birds and plants. Although France and Aotearoa are poles apart geographically and culturally, the author shows commonality through the importance of land, heritage and taonga. This book would appeal to ages 12-15. Recommended.”

Vanessa Hatley-Owen, Kidsbooksnz ~ “Discovery is at the heart of this enjoyable tale of two young girls from the opposite ends of the earth: discovery of self, friendship, interests, history, and ultimately a hidden treasure.” Read the full review.

Rosemary Tindall, Magpies Vol 38, Issue No. 2. ~ “The story develops in alternating chapters through the eyes of both girls and the sense of family, belonging and history is evident, as well as the understanding of other cultures and ways of living. Lucy Bee & Soline is a delightful read. with lovely relationships between the characters, some alluring moments about historic artwork and a clever blending of challenges that many cultures experience in their own ways.”

Laura, Collected #32, SLANZA  ~ “This book would be a good supporting resource for the New Zealand history curriculum. It will appeal to teen readers with an interest in history, travel or art, or maybe just a sense of adventure. It is interesting to read both Lucy and Soline’s perspectives as they explore what turangawaewae and heritage mean to them, both in New Zealand and in France.”

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

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White Gull Press

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