Children’s, Juvenile Fiction

Book 2 begins minutes after Book 1 ends. Inside magic grandpa tree, Lucy’s mother has just appeared to Lucy and Will to tell them that Lucy will not have to return to the hated Orphanage where ‘dragon’ Sister Margaret is the head nun, and where there is bullying and unhappiness. Unfortunately, ‘Time’ in Lucy’s mother’s sphere is a little different from ordinary time on earth, and Lucy must go through more trials first. Her mean stepfather, released from jail, kidnaps her when she is in the woods helping a wounded baby deer, and takes her back to his house where his fierce dog keeps guard. But Lucy manages to charm the dog, who then helps her escape and find her way back to Sam and Rose, her future foster parents. After Lucy disappears, Will goes to the woods to find her where he runs into more scary adventures with an angry stepdad looking for Lucy.
Lucy is puzzled that, contrary to her mother’s message, she has to return to the Orphanage. She is the only one who can possibly save Joe, the bully, and the mischief-maker in the orphanage, from becoming a hardened criminal like her stepdad. She soon realizes that all the unhappy orphanage children need her. She must find a way for the authorities to remove cruel Sister Margaret from her position. Joe’s plot against Sister Margaret, and Lucy’s attempts to help the orphanage children, with their many consequences, will keep the readers at the edge of their chairs. They must read on to find out what happens at the end of Book 2. Book 3 will hold even more exciting adventures.

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.”