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The Luminous Life of Lucy Landry (Hardcover)

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Lucy, a spirited French-Ojibwe orphan, is sent to the stormy waters of Lake Superior to live with a mysterious family of lighthouse-keepers—and, she hopes, to find the legendary necklace her father spent his life seeking…

Selena Lucy Landry (named for a ship, as every sailor’s child should be) has been frightened of the water ever since she lost her father at sea. But with no one else to care for her, she’s sent to foster with the Martins—a large Anishinaabe family living on a lighthouse in the middle of stormy Lake Superior.  

The Martin family is big, hard-working, and close, and Lucy—who has always been a dreamer—struggles to fit in. Can she go one day without ruining the laundry or forgetting the sweeping? Will she ever be less afraid of the lake?

Although life at the lighthouse isn’t what Lucy hoped for, it is beautiful—ships come and go, waves pound the rocks—and it has one major advantage: It’s near the site of a famous shipwreck, a shipwreck that went down with a treasure her father wanted more than anything. If Lucy can find that treasure—a priceless ruby necklace—won’t it be like having Papa back again, just a little bit? 

But someone else is hunting for the treasure, too. And as the lighthouse company becomes increasingly skeptical that the Martins can juggle Lucy and their duties, Lucy and the Martin children will need to find the necklace quickly—or they may not have a home at all.

The Luminous Life of Lucy Landry is a timelessly sweet tale of found family from rising Ojibwe voice Anna Rose Johnson, author of NPR Best Book of the Year The Star That Always Stays. Perfect for fans of L.M. Montgomery and Karina Yan Glaser!

"Lucy Landry is a charming and fanciful heroine reminiscent of Anne Shirley, who reminds us that even in dark times, we can be a light for others."—Alyssa Colman, author of Bank Street Best Book of the Year The Gilded Girl

About the Author

Anna Rose Johnson is a journalist, blogger, and seasoned correspondent for Inside Gymnastics. Anna is passionate about historical fiction, the Native experience, and writing for children. She is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians; her debut, The Star That Always Stays (an NPR Best Book of the Year), is directly based on her great-grandmother. Find her at

Praise For…

★ "A heartwarming tale of belonging and learning that life’s treasures aren’t always shiny."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ "In this tender, wholesome book about family, Johnson acknowledges the importance of kindness and patience, especially in matters of grief and settling into new places and situations."Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Fans of L.M. Montgomery seeking diverse characters will rejoice at this heart-warming, feel-good adventure, as will families looking for books representing home learners."—School Library Journal

"Spunky, precocious, and especially talented in elaborate storytelling, Lucy is surely kin with Montgomery’s Anne, and the cozy tone and mild excitement make it an easy readalike for fans of those books."The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Beautiful and wonderfully unique … An endearing portrait of an orphaned girl finding her courage, heritage, and family."—L.M. Elliott, New York Times bestselling author of Storm Dog and Louisa June and the Nazis in the Waves

"Beautifully celebrates the gift of found family, and the discovery of courage within yourself." —Kate Albus, author of A Place to Hang the Moon

"Lucy Landry is a charming and fanciful heroine reminiscent of Anne Shirley, who reminds us that even in dark times, we can be a light for others."—Alyssa Colman, author of Bank Street Best Book of the Year The Gilded Girl

"This heartfelt tale reminded me of Anne of Green Gables and A Little Princess in the best ways."—Amy Lynn Green, author of The Blackout Book Club

"A tender book about family and courage and finding true treasure, Lucy Landry gives all the cozy, nostalgic vibes of ‘vintage kidlit’ from the fresh perspective of an Indigenous heroine." —Caroline Starr Rose, author of May B.

"A shining tale of fear and courage! Anna Rose Johnson packs a lot into this slim story, and the results are truly luminous."—Chris Abouzeid, owner of Belmont Books
"Anna Rose Johnson has created a wonderful protagonist in Lucy, who alternates between shy self-doubt and telling fanciful stories about herself and her parents to boost herself up."—Melissa Dassori, author of J.R. Silver Writes Her World

"Heartwarming, wholesome, gripping, family-focused, historically accurate in time and sensibility, with a great resolution." —Kaela Noel, author of Coo

Product Details
ISBN: 9780823453634
ISBN-10: 0823453634
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 192
Language: English