Luke, a young South Carolina boy who lives at the beach, has a special gift. He understands the language of all the beach life around him – the raccoons, the sea-birds, even the crabs and the fish. For this reason, Great Mother Turtle gives Luke an important and difficult mission – first, to protect her eggs, and then to make sure her baby hatchlings reach the ocean without being attacked by other beach creatures. Luke’s humorous conversations with all species, his understanding of them, and his great love for Mother Turtle and all her babies, will hold your interest until the very last page.
Christina Pagès grew up in the fields of Kent, England, and spent many carefree hours wandering the countryside with her three older sisters. After living in Spain for three years, Christina married and came to live in America in 1970. She began her studies in literature and poetry while raising four children, and received her Ph.D. in English in 1993. She received a publication award from the International Society of Poetry for her poetry collection, “Shadow Words” (Watermark Press, 2006), and was the California State Poetry Society’s 19th Annual Contest Winner in 2005. Her second full collection of poetry, “Remember Not to Forget” was published by Summerland Publishing in 2013. Her children’s chapter book, “The Mountain Boy” had been published by the same company in 2007. “Lucy in Her Secret Wood” is her first young adult novel. Christina began painting English and European landscapes in oils after moving to the U.S. out of nostalgia for the countryside there. Since 1987, Christina has taught in various English departments of universities and colleges on both the East and West Coast. She is now teaching composition and literature at Santa Barbara College, and living in the beautiful valley of Ojai. Christina claims that her writing, painting, piano playing, gardening, all come from her love of nature as a child. “Nature is a child’s best friend,” she says; “it patiently waits to be conversed with and to feed a child’s imagination/spirit.”