|Allen & Unwin|
|Allen & Unwin (2013-08)|
|Books for very young children, children’s picture books & activity books|
THE FOUR SEASONS OF LUCY MACKENZIE
Lucy McKenzie can walk through walls. A fascinating time-slip adventure set in a hidden valley where an 11-year-old girl travels across the river of time to fight fires, battle floodwaters and discover the meaning of true friendship.
The room was full of moon shadows and dancing light. But it was the wall around the window that Lucy couldn’t stop staring at, the one with the painting of Spring. It was as bright as a sunny day and the tiny yellow flowers that covered the fields were moving, as if a breeze had blown through the painting and set all the petals dancing.
Then she heard the voice again. It sounded like a child’s voice coming out of the painting. She looked again and in the distance, on the far side of the painted valley she could see the tiny figure of a girl. And the girl was waving, beckoning to Lucy and calling her name.
On the other side of the paintings, Lucy meets April, Tom and the wild Jimmy Tiger. They introduce Lucy to a world of adventure, racing horses through the bush, swimming in fast-flowing rivers and battling bushfires. But can Lucy see the truth that lies behind the painted walls and bring hope to the future? Or will she risk losing the things that matter most before she realises the power of the past and the love of the one person who understands the painted world?
Kirsty Murray is an award-winning author of nine novels for young people including India Dark, Vulture’s Gate, Zarconi’s Magic Flying Fish, Market Blues, Walking Home with Marie-Claire and the epic quartet of historical fiction, ‘Children of the Wind’.