Below is my review of our first book for April Book Club. Please add your review or observations by clicking on ‘Leave a Comment’ and lets discuss this wonderful book a little more.
Title: The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie
Author: Kirsty Murray
Publisher: Allen & Unwin 2013
Shortlisted, Best Children’s Book,, Aurealis Awards, 2013
Winner, Best Children’s Book Aurealis Awards, 2013
Near to Christmas, Lucy McKenzie’s parents have sent her away after her sister is seriously injured in Paris. The only place for Lucy to go is to Avendale with old Aunty Big. Lucy hates being away from her family at Christmas, and at first, dislikes the remote location of Avendale.
In the middle of the night Lucy hears a voice calling, and is drawn into dining room, the ouside-inside room, with the four painted scenes decorating each wall. To her surprise her hand passes straight through and she steps into the past and the lives of April, Tom and Jimmy Tiger where together they battle bush fires and floods. Throughout the book, and the four seasons, Lucy comes to love her new friends and the Australian bush, and develops a fuller sense of what it means to be a family.
I loved the feel and the setting this book, it reminded me of exploring as a child without the watchful eyes of parents. The Australian landscape is described beautifully as are the four seasons painted on the dining room walls of Avendale.
There were too many wonderfully written phrases in the novel to list here, but towards the end of the book, this quote stood out to me.
‘ There were so many Christmas landscapes in her head, the ones she’d read about and the ones she’d lived. The future felt crowded with possible Christmases.’
I loved this quote. I am not kidding when I say it brought tears to my eyes. It made me think about all the wonderful Christmases I’d had growing up, first Christmases in my own house, and with each of my children, our white Christmas in Austria, and our big family adventure recently with our almost white Christmas in New York. Then, I thought of all the Christmases to come and how they might be spent.
The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie was a fantastic read. If you have a young reader in your house then grab a copy. With only 216 pages the book is an easy read for 9+ ages.
Congratulations to Kirsty Murray for winning the Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Book.
4/5 Stars – Highly recommended.
For further information on author Kirsty Murray see her website.