Lockie Young was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Dec. 2013, and is back now to tell us about his new novel, which follows on from the first.
The Legend Returns picks up, in the time line of the story, a couple months after the first book ends, as the clock above the school’s chalkboard signals the start of summer vacation. Ryan, the main character, hosts his friend Cory for a weekend sleepover while at the same time struggling with the secret he continues to keep from everyone, including his parents. He discovered a very real live Legend in the first book. Ryan teaches Cory about life as he knows it by the seashore, and Cory, who is a city boy, learns a lot of lessons about nature he never knew before. Things turn interesting when a giant sea serpent shows up in the harbor . . . or is it a sea serpent?
“Everyone thought he was some kind of imaginary friend, but he was a lot more than that! In fact, he wasn’t imaginary at all, even though he was the stuff of legends.”
School is finally out for the summer, and Ryan is looking forward to long sunny days on the beach with his best friend Cory, and his old friend, Willie. What Ryan hadn’t anticipated was how difficult keeping Willie’s secret would be. Torn between doing what’s best for his old friend, and being honest with this friend and family, Ryan has to think fast. The world isn’t ready to know about Willie, but it might already be too late.
From Lockie: “I would like to dedicate this book to my two sons and my wife, who let me use their names, and who put up with my lack of company on many occasions while writing it. The Legend Returns is the culmination of a twenty year journey to publish. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Ryan, Jason, and Trish.”