Twelve year old Lucy has already moved three times. Her father is a world famous nature photographer and her mother is a programmer who primarily works from home. This new move has them in a beach cottage in New Hampshire. Lucy makes friends with Emily and Nate next door who visit their grandmother every summer. Lucy is not quite able to befriend Meagan, another summer visitor. Nate and Emily's grandmother is fascinated by the loons and their chicks but is unable to chart their progress/whereabouts as she has done in the past due to her advanced age and failing memory. Lucy's fifteen pound dog, Ansel, reflects her interest in photography. With Nate's help, Lucy attempts to observe the loons and snap pictures of them as well as photograph sensitive, powerful, unusual shots for her father's photography contest. First prize is five hundred dollars which Lucy wants to win so she can purchase a motorized raft so Nate's grandmother can visit her precious loons. "Even half a chance beats none."
Mark Twain Award Preliminary Nominee 2016-17