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The Three Lucys

by Hayan Charara
Illustrated by Sara Kahn

Published by Lee & Low, 2016
40 pages
ISBN: 978𢴔00609985

5-8

Luli loves his three cats, all named Lucy桳ucy the Fat, Lucy the Skinny, and Lucy Lucy. When he and his parents go to spend a weekend in Beirut with his aunt and uncle, they leave the Lucys behind with fresh water and a big bowl of food, knowing that will get them through a couple of days. But as Luli and his parents are returning home, bombs start to fall and they must retreat to the safety of his aunt and uncle抯 basement back in Beirut. They wait out the bombing for 34 days, until a ceasefire is declared and they can safely return home. Except for some dust and shattered windows, their house is fine, but where are the Lucys? Two of them have survived but the third, Lucy Lucy, cannot be found. Both the narrative and the art in this dramatic, child-centered story is specific to modern Lebanon but gives young readers a sense of daily life in any contemporary war-torn country. (Ages 58)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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