Author(s): Anne Ingram
Lucy and her mother are in France for the summer to visit family. As they arrive they pass refugees, who are not welcome in this little village. Then valuables are stolen and the young refugees are accused. Lucy sides with the refugees - this could be dangerous.
Lucy and her mum have travelled to France for a reunion with French relatives she has never met, who run a small hotel by a canal. She notices a line of foreigners on the road from the station but her cousin Celeste dismisses them as illegals, even potential terrorists, and is convinced they are responsible for a robbery at the village chateau. So when Lucy finds an injured young Afghan refugee near the hotel, she hides him in a deserted house. Can she prove Qasim is innocent and stop the authorities from sending him back?
Bonjour Lucy Bee is a charming holiday adventure for age 10+ about the importance of family, belonging and identity. But, set against the backdrop of Europe’s refugee crisis and a local crime spree, Lucy’s summer idyll turns a bit dangerous.
A handy glossary helps with the French words and phrases peppered throughout the story.
Just what is going on in this little French village?
Writer Anne Ingram was born in Auckland, and spent her childhood years in Dunedin, Te Kuiti and Orewa. She has a BA in English Literature and Diploma in Teaching (Secondary). She has lived and worked in Wellington, London, Christchurch, Singapore and Wellington, and now lives in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast.
Anne has worked as a newspaper columnist, freelance journalist, publisher’s editor, teacher, and has had her own specialist children’s bookstore, Moby Dickens’ Books. For a number of years, she produced a weekly children’s programme for Coast Access Radio. She has been coordinator of the Kapiti Children’s Book Festival and convenor of the Kapiti Schools Mastermind competitions. For the Kapiti Children’s Writers’ Charitable Trust, of which she is deputy-chair, she edited and published collections of work for children by local writers: Shortz - Stories from Kapiti (2012) and Flying High - Stories and Poems from Kapiti (2015). Currently, Anne is convenor of a skills-based Focus Writing Group and is writing another adventure about Lucy Bee.