"Lucy, why do you live with your granny? Why don't you have a proper mummy and daddy like everybody else?" There was silence. If I said, "I don't know," they would all laugh at me and I would cry. Every eye was turned upon me. Already I could feel the tears welling up. Suddenly I knew that the question had been there a long time, buried deep and never asked. Now, everyone had asked it, and there was no answer. 130 page softcover by Moody, 2001 revised edition. Recommended for ages 10 to 12.
Lucy has lived with her grandparents at Pheasant Cottage since she was a little girl, but she has dim memories of someone else. Who was it? What are her grandparents hiding from her? Lucy is determined to find the answers, but it turns out to be harder than she expected.
PATRICIA ST. JOHN (1919-1993) was a nurse, missionary and author. She earned a nursing degree at St. Thomas' Hospital in London in 1946. In the early 1950's she moved to Tangier, Morocco where she served as a missionary nurse for 27 years. Throughout her life, she travelled extensively in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, as the settings of her novels reflect. In 1977, she returned to England, where she cared for elderly relatives and ministered from her home to youths, single parents, and the elderly. Patricia authored numerous books, including Treasures of the Snow, The Tanglewoods' Secret, The Secret at Pheasant Cottage, and Star of Light.
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