Murray, Kirsty: The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie.
** MURRAY, Kirsty The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie Allen & Unwin, 2013 200pp $14.99 pbk ISBN 9781743317020 SCIS 1621423
Lucy McKenzie is sent to stay, without her family, at her aunt Big's secluded weatherboard farmhouse. One night Lucy is woken by a child's call coming from one of the four landscapes painted on the dining room wall. Upon touching the painting Lucy discovers that she can pass through the wall and through time. She is drawn to visit her new friends April, Tom and Jimmy Tiger but is aware that her interaction with them might change history.
Murray's fantasy time travel story refers to other stories that use magical gateways to transport their main characters to another place until the magic fulfils its course. She creates an unhurried and suspenseful story with characters that engage in action oriented events. As the story unfolds the main characters undergo a personal growth and realisations that make them more likable to each other. The story explores themes of friendship, fire, flood, loss and magic. Ages 10+ LBa