“I must not throw a temper tantrum in class. Unless absolutely necessary ...” Lucy van Loon knows she's a good girl. So why does she keep getting into trouble? After all, Lucy had a very good reason for stomping on horrible Jacinta's unicorn stamp and throwing Jacinta's unicorn pencils all over the floor. Ages 6-10.
'I must not throw a temper tantrum in class. Unless absolutely necessary . . .' Lucy van Loon knows she's a good girl. So why does she keep getting into trouble? After all, Lucy had a very good reason for stomping on horrible Jacinta's unicorn stamp. And Lucy only started shrieking at dinner because her Tante Bep from Holland called her a greedy liar, which was not true. But what if Lucy is actually a bad person? The stakes are high. Tante Bep says if she's bad, Sinterklaas won't bring chocolate and Black Piet will put her in a sack and take her to Spain. Lucy vows that from now on, she will be a new person: Lucy the Good. If she can only work out how . . .
wrote her first full-length novel at the age of eleven: a romantic thriller featuring her unfortunate classmates. Although the unpublished manuscript met with only localised acclaim, she never gave up her dream of becoming an author. A descendant of King Henry VIII's librarian, you could say books are in her blood! Marianne grew up in Sydney then moved to Adelaide to go to university. There, she studied English (which she loved), law (which she loathed) and social work (which she made her career for several years). Marianne's first children's novel, THE WORRY TREE, is the winner of the Australian Family Therapists Award for Children's Literature 2008 and has been shortlisted for three other awards. LUCY THE GOOD is available now, and DON'T BREATHE A WORD will be published in 2009. To read up on Marianne's exploits, check out