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Lucy and the Green Man
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Lucy knew Lob was there, from the way she felt inside. There was a sparking of mischief in her head, a tingle of energy in her arms and legs. She wanted to run, jump, climb, be everywhere at once. You have to be a special person to see Lob, that’s what Lucy’s Grandpa Will says. Lucy’s parents don’t believe in him. But Lucy does. And then she finally catches sight of the Green Man in Grandpa’s garden. And then she knows. Lob is here, and he is real—now and forever and ever!
"Legend, fable, poetry, and subtle b&w illustrations are deftly interwoven in this story of a sensitive girl who has a close rapport with her grandfather. Lucy has the rare ability to see Lob, Grandpa's amorphous, free-spirited helper. When this Green Man isn't 'skittering about the woods or sleeping in the hedge,' he performs garden tasks, but only 'when no one was looking.' Lob mostly sleeps during winter, before returning 'full of spring. Full of growing.' After Grandpa's sudden death, heartbroken Lucy remembers his words that Lob will 'go on and on living, as long as the Earth is green,' and she longs to be his new 'special person.' Yet Lob, driven from Grandpa's former property when developers descend, has taken to the road. Newbery (Flightsend) laces her novel with lilting, nature-themed verse representing Lob's voice ('May time now, the best of May, the coolest, mistiest, grassiest time of summer'), which is given additional weight by the large font in which it appears. Lob has several run-ins with less-than-special people before reuniting with Lucy in a finale that brings this enchanting, if at times precious, story full circle. Ages 8 — 12. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
Linda Newbery is the author of over twenty-five books for children and young adults and lives in Northamptonshire, in central England, with her husband and three cats.
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