Saturday, September 19, 2015

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

Lucy loves her father, a famous photographer who travels the world to get the perfect shot and is gone a lot.  She tries to make the best of things when her family moves to an old house on the edge of a lake at the beginning of the summer by taking pictures of her new environment which includes a family of loons.  Lucy learns that her father is judging an amateur photography contest and decides to enter anonymously to see if she actually has talent like her father.  She enlists the help of her new neighbor Nate but her photos begin to reveal some truths Nate doesn't want to face about his beloved grandmother.

Lord is good at quiet stories that hit you with a meaningful message.  Her writing is accessible for younger readers who will get something out of the story but there is depth available for older, more astute readers as well.