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Reviewed by Jennie More for Readers' Favorite
Lucy and the Lake Monster by Richard Rossi and Kelly Tabor is the story of a nine-year-old girl, Lucy, who recently lost her mother in a boating accident. Now orphaned, she stays with her grandfather, Jerry, in a cabin on Lake Champlain. Her mother, Lynn, died attempting to prove the existence of the lake monster they’ve named Champ. To carry on her mother’s legacy, Lucy tries to prove to all the doubters that Champ exists and he is not a myth. Despite being ostracized for their faith in Champ, Jerry and Lucy don’t give up and persist in their efforts to prove the existence of Champ. Readers go on a fantastic adventure with Lucy and her grandfather, exploring the lake and the depth of their faith.
Lucy and the Lake Monster by Richard Rossi and Kelly Tabor is a deeply thoughtful, heart-warming, inspirational, and timeless children’s novel. I loved the sweet and caring relationship between Papa Jerry and Lucy. Their dialogue is reminiscent of the precious and unique love between grandparents and grandchildren. Despite the negativity that infuses their world, including bullying and ridicule, Rossi and Tabor managed to keep the story light-hearted. They maintained a perfect balance throughout the plot between the innocence and simplicity of Lucy and Jerry’s world and the evil threatening to enter and destroy their faith. I think Lucy and the Lake Monster is an excellent book, beautifully written and filled with many pearls of wisdom that will inspire children never to lose their childlike wonder.