Lucy Bee & The Secret Gene

Lucy Bee & The Secret Gene

Anne Ingram

On the way home from school, Lucy is bullied by an older boy and called a fuzzy-haired freak. She has thick fuzzy hair and it bothers her big time. Neither of her parents have hair like hers. She believes she looks nothing like her parents. Was she adopted? Her mother laughs off the idea, but then shows her photos of herself pregnant and Lucy as a baby. Lucy remains unconvinced. She thinks she may have been swapped at birth and her parents didn’t realise. She has to know the truth. A school science project gives Lucy and her friend Megan the chance to find out. Lucy compiles a family tree and goes about questioning all her relatives to chart what traits, if any, they share with her. Will this provide the answer?
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The idea for this first Lucy Bee novel came about when I had my children’s bookstore, Moby Dickens’ Books on the Kapiti Coast. Young readers would come in wanting stories about their lives, their schools, their families, their friends, things that mattered to them. This is that novel. Many of the events that occur in the novel actually happened in the community although I have fictionalised them – a school arson, bullying, a science fair. It’s a story about identity, about knowing who you are, where you fit in.

The quest keeps the reader guessing until the last pages. This is one of those stories you simply do not want to put down. Barbara Murison – Around the Bookshops

This is a delightful story of the small dramas children have in their lives – nagging doubts about identity, loyalty, the shifting nature of friendship. Lucy Bee & the Secret Gene explores these and resolves them. John MacIntyre – National Radio

I really enjoyed this book. It’s beautifully written. It’s funny. I loved it. And what I really liked was that it looked at bullying from both sides. It had real insight. Pam Coleman, Youth Services Coordinator for Kapiti Libraries.

An awesome book that is just right to encourage kids into family history. It’s a good read and will get kids thinking about how all this genes and DNA stuff works. New Zealand Society of Genealogists.

A satisfying story of friendship and family. Ann Packer – the New Zealand Listener.