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Lucien’s teasing of Dani leads to an accident with far–reaching consequences. Annette is intent on revenge and does all she can to make life a misery for Lucien. His only friend is the old man up the mountain who recognises his skill in carving wood and gives him new hope…
Set in Switzerland, this story of Annett, Lucien and Dani has caught the imagination of countless children. Patricia St John’s classic story of love and forgiveness is as fresh now as when it was first published in 1950.
Recommended for ages 8-12.
Set in Switzerland, this classic children’s Christian book tells the story of Lucien, who causes a tragic accident, and Annette, who is determined to punish him for his crimes forever. What I love is that although the story is ‘safe’ for children to read and ultimately has a happy ending, it is heart-wrenchingly real about the cost of forgiveness and repentance. It doesn’t patronise the reader by lessening the emotional journey, and all the characters feel utterly real. It’s more slow-moving than more contemporary novels, but once the accident has happened you just have to know how it turns out. The Christian message of a God who welcomes sinner and sinned-against is there but it never feels preachy or twee because it fits the story, rather than twisting the story to fit an agenda. Because it was so close to my heart as a child, I read it together with my son, and it had us both crying, laughing and cheering, feeling like we were right there in the remote Swiss mountain village. A really special book, and one worth sharing with the children in your life. Highly recommended as an absolute classic.
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