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Listening for Lucca: 04/23/15
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur is the story of a teenage girl who has been dreaming about a house she's never seen and her much younger brother who hasn't talked for more than a year. In the hope of coaxing Lucca to talk again, their parents uproot the family from busy Brooklyn, to a small coastal town in Maine.
As it turns out, Siena's family has bought a Victorian style house that matches her dreams perfectly. Worse yet, the house seems to be making her dreams all the more real, revealing a two part story that must have taken place during WWII.
As with so many of these dream or ghost story plots, there's an uncanny parallelism between the tragic story of the past and the current situation. What I wasn't expecting, was Siena being able to affect the past. Usually these curses don't work that way; it was refreshing to watch as Siena found a way out for both the family before hers and her own family.