It is May 1915 and Alfie, a young British boy, and his father discover a girl on a small deserted island near their home. The girl is injured and does not speak except to utter a word that sounds like “Lucy.” Determined to help, Alfie’s family gradually nurse the girl back to health, but the mystery remains . . . who is she? Found clutching a ragged bear and wrapped in a blanket inscribed with the name Wilhelm, people begin to wonder if Lucy could be a German spy. Set against the backdrop of World War I and the sinking of the Lusitania the mystery gradually unfolds. Based on the life of the author’s grandmother, this is a great book for older readers and lovers of historical fiction.
Category: Juvenile fiction
Age level/interest level: ages 10-14