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The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons (Lucy P. Simmons #1)

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  144 ratings  ·  52 reviews
An enchanted flute that vibrates when danger is near, sparkling mist that unlocks a drawer of family secrets, and a bookcase that expands to conceal her hiding place—these are the bits of magic Lucy P. Simmons has experienced since her parents drowned at sea.

The magic is helping Lucy keep her house—Father's beloved "ship on shore"—out of the hands of her greedy uncle Victo
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Becky B
Lucy Simmons loses her parents in a boating accident when her father tried to save a drowning man. Her parents will states she is to be left in the care of her Aunt Pru, but no one can find her and her last communication says she is somewhere in remote Australia. In the meantime, Lucy is put under the care of her Uncle Victor, who seems to be much more interested on working out a way to get his hands on the family inheritance than taking care of Lucy. With the help of her housekeeper Addie, the ...more
Ms. Yingling
In 1906, Lucy is quite happy with her loving father and retired seaman father, but a happy outing turns to tragedy when her father tries to rescue a drunken boater and both he and Lucy's mother are killed. Luckily, Lucy has kindly family retainer Addie to watch out for her when, in the absence of a world traveling aunt who is supposed to gain custody of her, her aunt and money-grubbing uncle are installed in her beloved family home as her guardians. A small dog, Mr. Puggsley, also makes her feel ...more
Jessica at Book Sake
This is a cute middle grade read with a bit of magic dispersed throughout. Lucy’s character is smart and cunning and she is always attempting to do the right thing – just the same as her parents would have done. In her trials the house seems to help her out – well, the house, or the magic, we aren’t quite sure where it’s coming from – but it’s suddenly there.

When Marni shows up and enters into Lucy’s life things get even stranger for her. First of all she doesn’t know who Marni really is, but Ma
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I really enjoyed The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons by Barbara Mariconda, although it was nothing like I anticipated (pretty much solely based on that cover). I was thinking action and adventure and ships! Instead what I got was a little girl whose life TOTALLY SUCKED and was surrounded by the most horrible people ever and I just felt so bad for her throughout most of the book, wah!

But once I got past feeling sad for Lucy, I started to
In the vein of a Lemony Snicket novel, The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons opens with tragedy. Lucy's family is taken from her quite suddenly and her evil Uncle Victor comes to live with her as her legal guardian. His plan is to take over her family home. What is a young girl to do to fight back? Although the book opens with a rather sad note, I can tell you without a doubt that once it takes off it's hard to stop reading.

Lucy is quite a protagonist. Brilliant beyond her years, she is an easy characte
Barbara Mariconda's "The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons" takes place in turn of the century Maine with Lucy, a feisty but not annoying young girl, as the lead heroine.

Story opens with Lucy joining her parents for a ride on the ocean as her father is a former sea captain. The outing ends in tragedy as Lucy's father tries to save a strange man and ... well... let's just say that Lucy ends up in a bad situation.

There are flaws to the story in that Lucy seems to adjust a little too fast to her change in
Dec 20, 2012 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: i-own
Barbara Mariconda's website indicates that The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons is the first in a trilogy of middle grade fantasy novels. The book takes place in the early 1900s in northeastern U.S., right along the Atlantic coast. The cover artwork is lovely and the synopsis really piqued my interest. It promises an enchanted flute, a magical mist in a mystical family home and a tragic disaster that orphans Lucy and sets her at odds against her greedy uncle and others who would steal away her heritage ...more
An enjoyable MG read. Although the book begins with a tragedy and the main character Lucy becomes an orphan and evil Uncle Victor tries to take over the family fortune & home in Lemony Snickett (evil Uncle) fashion the story takes on it's own unique plot lines. Takes place in coastal New England, turn of the Century (20th C.).

Lucy's parents are drowned in a boating accident while attempting to save a drunken "brute" of a man. Lucy's father had been an accomplished sea Captain (retired). Lucy
Sara Bennett
I don't remember the exact reasons that I picked up this book. Probably because the cover looked cool and I was slightly interested in the description. I often do that :P However had I known how this book would end up I probably would have left it on the shelf.

Lucy's parents are killed with the first two (?) chapters after a boating accident. Lucy's sly uncle moves in and is clearly after her father's money. Which should be her's but as her newly appointed guardian he thinks he can get away with
Sandra Strange
This fantasy should have been better, with mysterious mists, magical flutes, a plucky orphan victimized by a lazy lawyer, villainous uncle and aunt and bribable official. However the climax is too convenient and really not properly prepared for. It also too obviously sets up the rest of a series. Harmless, but with no satisfactory ending.
This is an ok middle grade read, not one that I will rush to recommend to my students. My first reaction was "oh here's yet another story about an orphaned girl mistreated by her guardians." Then the author woven in a little magic, a hint of a curse, a mysterious woman who might be a sea witch and a mysterious missing aunt. These are all elements for a good story, but somehow they never quite merged together to create that good story. It's as though the author was in a hurry to get the story tol ...more
Heidi Busch
This was an interesting blend of magic and sea lore. I especially enjoy the fact that girls and women are the protagonists. I think this marks the start of a very interesting series of books. Lucy has just enough spunk to get her through some tight spaces with a bit of magic and also some common sense.
This book has all the elements of a fairy tale. It was obvious way before the end that many of the big questions would not be resolved. It seems like a teaser to get me to buy the next book. Still the language and description in the book is lovely, an inspiration and model for young writers.
When Lucy's parent's die in a terrible boating accident, she is left at the mercy of an unfeeling aunt and uncle who are scheming to get control of her parents' estate. At first, it seems that her only hope is the arrival of another aunt, to whom everything was entrusted, but the aunt never shows up and likely doesn't know of any of the events as she is on an unspecified quest elsewhere. Instead, another woman comes to her aid, someone who is at times compared to a siren. Other magical elements ...more
Cecilia Rodriguez
The story is set in 1906, Coastal Main. Lucy P. Simmons is the daughter of a retired ship captain. When both of her parents drown, Lucy is forced to live with her Uncle.
There are repeated references to Ulysses within the plot. A good start to an intriguing series.
Emma (Miss Print)
This one is a little bit fantasy, a little historical and a lot of action. Mariconda has created a likable heroine in Lucy and the story starts off strong (though Victor made for a rather predictable villain). The added touch of sailing also made this a clever story. However by the end it became very apparent that the book was setting up for further installments which, unfortunately, made for a bit less closure in this volume than I would have liked.

A cute book sure to appeal to readers seeking
Not exactly Shakespeare, but a well-written, serviceable YA, good enough that adults can enjoy it too. The writing is crisp, the pacing is brisk, the plot is twisty enough that you're not guessing everything 3 chapters ahead. In all, a pretty decent read. I'd probably have considered it an excellent book back when I was young enough to be in its target audience... In particular, I would recommend this book to parents who are trying to raise a strong, independent daughter

(minor spoilers in the n
The Voyage of Lucy P Simmons by Barbara A Mariconda follows Lucy P Simmons through her adventure of living with her uncle and aunt. Her uncle sends her off to a boarding school and there they find out that her uncle plans to sell the house. What will happen next and can her "boarding school" teacher save everything with a bit of magic.

This book was terrific. The characters were amazing and the magical setting is wonderful. The book was a very fast book that keeps the reader asking for more.

A thoroughly enjoyable middle-grade novel, appropriate for 7-14 year olds. This book is a lovely and imaginative adventure, complete with (unresolved) mystery and magic, and a bit of mayhem. Considering the sheer volume of unanswered questions by the end of the book, I assume it's the first in a series (I am hoping for it to be, anyway, and for the series to be as moving as the Gregor the Overlander series was for me). Lucy is a very likeable character who has all the hallmarks of a budding hero ...more
소피아 소피아
This book is just amazing. I love the story's plot. As it makes me goes into the story. Let me have some suspense too!
Lucy loses her parents during a sea outing as her father tries to save a man and her mother tries to help. After their death, Lucy’s guardian becomes her greedy uncle who wants to sell her home. However, Lucy has help from an enchanted flute, her magical house and s mysterious lady who seems to come from the sea. Lucy is a feisty heroine; her story is an adventurous one that will appeal to young girls and anyone who enjoys fiction. Barbara Mariconda has entertainingly set the stage for the next ...more
Y’all, I am attracted to a bright orange cover. Hello eye candy. So, of course when The Voyage Of Lucy P. Simmons by Barbara Mariconda was up for grabs on Vine, I immediately snatched it up. ESPECIALLY because I love middle grade books with a nautical theme and for the most part, I thought The Voyage Of Lucy P. Simmons delivered on my nautical expectations.
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Mar 21, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
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I did not care for this YA, or is it MG, historical fantasy about a young girl on the Maine coast whose parents drown at sea, on page 12. An abusive and awful uncle and aunt become her guardians, even though her parents’ will stated an aunt was to be her guardian. This avaricious uncle disregards the will at every turn. Meanwhile, odd magic is going on. Did I make this novel sound capricious and nonsensical? Good, I intended to. It doesn’t follow its own internal logic and that’s not good in a f ...more
This fun historical fantasy makes for a great read. Lucy is an engaging heroine who makes mistakes as well as learns from them. Her supporting cast is a great bunch of characters who are both quirky and vivid. While elements of the plot are familiar, there are several unexpected twists and the characters make the story well worth the read. It’s a great coming of age story that reader can enjoy either on their own or as a read aloud. It gets four out of five stars.
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Barbara Signorelli
I really enjoyed this book. It was very interesting and adventurous and I had a hard time putting it down. It was worth reading.
Having won this book in a first reads giveaway, I was so happy to start reading. I loved it, after a brief sail with her mom and dad, Lucy P's life was changed forever. I loved her courage and spirit! Magical, endearing and just a very good read overall! Could really see this book as a great movie. I will look forward to more books by Barbara Mariconda
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