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A moving new middle-grade novel from the Newbery Honor author of RULES.

When Lucy's family moves to an old house on a lake, Lucy tries to see her new home through her camera's lens, as her father has taught her -- he's a famous photographer, away on a shoot. Will her photos ever meet his high standards? When she discovers that he's judging a photo contest, Lucy decides to enter anonymously. She wants to find out if her eye for photography is really special -- or only good enough.

As she seeks out subjects for her photos, Lucy gets to know Nate, the boy next door. But slowly the camera reveals what Nate doesn't want to see: his grandmother's memory is slipping away, and with it much of what he cherishes about his summers on the lake. This summer, Nate will learn about the power of art to show truth. And Lucy will learn how beauty can change lives . . . including her own.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on February 25, 2014 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545035333
ISBN-13: 9780545035330
8 Book Reviews
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  • cubby6
    cubby6Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 11:39 am55 stars
    Best Book Ever! You should read it. I read it for the first time last year in 5th grade
    • madysin
      madysinThursday, April 19, 2018 at 12:13 pm
      this book is so good you should read it sometime its a really good book
      • al3720
        al3720Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 1:36 pm
        Looks good
        • jeslav
          jeslavTuesday, October 13, 2015 at 10:44 am
          Have you ever moved to a completely different place? That's what happened to Lucy. Half a chance by Cynthia Lord is a book about a girl who moves to New Hampshire. Lucy met a boy named Nate who was only there for the summer with grandmother and his family. Lucy and Nate became really good friends. Lucy likes to take pictures and her and Nate do a photography contest. Them and Nate's older sister do something called loon patrol. Which it they check on the loons and see how many there are and what they do. But Nate's old friend Megan gets really jealous because she wants to be Nate's only friend. One major conflict is that Megan deletes some of Lucy's pictures, which was also a turning point. Another one is Lucy's dad is the judge for the contest Lucy and Nate do. The protagonist is Lucy and Megan is the antagonist. I really liked this book I really hope you like it too.
          • UnicornFriday, October 2, 2015 at 4:21 pm
            This is a really good book about overcoming difficulties and friendship.
            • cinnamon86
              cinnamon86Friday, October 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm55 stars
              Even though I'm still reading this book, I love it so far
              • dancer1234
                dancer1234Monday, March 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm
                Best book ever!:)
                • hope03
                  hope03Monday, March 23, 2015 at 3:52 pm
                  I wanted to read this book because Cynthia Lord is my favorite Author .