The Chambered Nautilus
Young Dragons Press
The Chambered Nautilus

Summer of L.U.C.K., Ready or Not,
and The Chambered Nautilus
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Summer of L.U.C.K. Trilogy Media Coverage and Publicity


The Chambered Nautilus is Book Three in the Summer of L.U.C.K. Trilogy

 Can the power of friendship save the day?

Get ready for a whirlwind adventure like no other in The Chambered Nautilus, the thrilling conclusion to Laura Segal Stegman’s enchanting Summer of L.U.C.K. trilogy. Best friends Darby, Justin, and Naz are facing their biggest challenge yet.  After a year apart, they find themselves drifting away from each other at summer camp. But when the ghostly Leroy Usher’s carnival falls under mysterious turmoil, the trio reunites to answer his desperate call for help. The camp’s new attraction, the Chambered Nautilus ride, hides a magical secret that could change everything. As pieces of the Ferris wheel vanish, Darby, Justin, and Naz must rely on their wits and teamwork to locate Leroy Usher before it’s too late. Their unique bond is put to the ultimate test as they encounter one crisis after another. With expulsion from camp and the carnival’s existence on the line, the friends must persevere and unravel the mysteries surrounding Leroy Usher’s plea. Join them in a heart-pounding journey filled with friendship, courage, and the power of never giving up. Will they save the carnival and their cherished memories? Find out in this tale of adventure, discovery, and the true meaning of loyalty.


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Laura Segal Stegman’s middle grade trilogy of books from Young Dragons Press, all set at a summer camp, begins with Summer of L.U.C.K. (2022), which introduces Darby (11), Naz (10), and Justin (12), three struggling kids who find their way to self-acceptance with the help of Leroy Usher, a ghost who haunts a magical carnival. Ready or Not (2023) spins more magical adventures with the three friends and the ghostly Mr. Usher, but it spotlights Justin (13), who faces a tricky real-life choice: stand up to bigotry or let fear hold him back. In The Chambered Nautilus (2024), Justin (14), Naz (12), and Darby (13) are drawing apart. But when the popular new Chambered Nautilus attraction goes awry, shutting the carnival down, and the ghostly Mr. Usher issues a desperate plea, they must come together as they realize he’s always been there for them. Can they do the same for him?

Incredibly imaginative with great lessons for kids.”

Sherrill Joseph, author, Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries


“A fun and fabulous tale… mysterious magic… five stars!”

E. Michael Lunsford, author, The Audacious Adventures of Drippy the Dragon


The Chambered Nautilus is a total delight!”

Jenny Mattern, middle-grade writer, MiddleGradeHub co-founder, and mom of five


The Chambered Nautilus, like the two earlier books in the Summer of L.U.C.K. series, has plenty of magic and mystery. Readers will be hooked by the supernatural surprises and charmed by the characters’ continuing friendships.”

Patrick Hueller, author of Stu Stories: The Adventures of Dirt Clod & His Sidekick Bird Bones


“A fun, fast-paced read… with a whole lot of heart and whimsy.”

Rob Kent, host of the Middle Grade Ninja podcast and author of Banneker Bones and the Giant Robot Bees