Eleven-year-old Lucy's young life is turned upside down when Communist troops invade her small Chinese village during the 1948 revolution. The soldiers remove Lucy's teacher, Sister Elizabeth, from the school, and replace her with a strict, unyielding instructor who teaches the children to memorize the words of Mao Zedong and the tenets of the Communist party. Food is scarce, and soldiers patrol the streets and the town, forcing its residents to live in fear.
Lucy's family is forced to practice its Catholic faith in secret. After soldiers desecrate the church and imprison the priest, Lucy makes a heroic decision: she sneaks into the church at night to be with Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Many years later, her devotion and actions will be an inspiration to Bishop Fulton Sheen.
This historical fiction for children in grades 3-5 depicts a child living out her faith in a culture of opposition. The story is based in fact: Lucy is a true if virtually unknown hero who inspired others far beyond her time and place.
Features & Benefits:
- Includes helpful discussion questions
- Provides historical insight into the Communist revolution
- Presents a child's viewpoint of historical events
- Shows how heroic actions have long-lasting effects
- Demonstrates how heroic faith can be practiced even by children
- Introduces Bishop Sheen in a unique and engaging way
- Reaffirms the centrality of the Eucharist and prayer in the Catholic faith
About the Author:
Ellen Lucey Prozeller has been a teacher on all levels from elementary school through college. She has also taught religious education on a volunteer basis for many years. She holds an MA in English literature and has published articles and short stories in the New York Times, St. Anthony Messenger, America Magazine, and more. In addition, Mrs. Prozeller has worked as an editor and corporate trainer. She is married and has two adult daughters and three grandchildren.
What Are People Saying about this Title?
"Although the facts surrounding her life, even her real name, are unclear, her story of faith amid persecution under communist China will leave a memorable and inspirational impression."
-Regina Lordan, The Monitor Newspaper of Trenton, NJ Catholic Diocese
"Readers in grades 3 through 5 will learn about a child their own age who lives her faith in a time of oppression: a young, unknown Catholic hero."
-Barb Szysziewicz, OFS, CatholicMom.com Book Notes