The Higher Power of Lucky

I recently went on a week-long vacation with a suitcase full of novels.  Blissfully unplugged, I spent my time doing what I love: having adventures with my family and reading.   Here’s one of the books I read:


The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron

7 word review: Small-town “family” matters most to Lucky.

Realistic fiction.  First in a series, but reads as a stand-alone novel.  Awarded the Newbery Medal.  Share with ages 8-11.

Realistically set in a super-small desert town, Lucky is making it work with a life of challenges: her mother has died, her birth father doesn’t want her, and she’s terrified that her guardian will leave her to return to France.  Add a cast of colorful characters (my favorite being Short Sammy, the recovering alcoholic), and this short read will have believing in the power of perseverance and courage.  One more thing: if you can’t handle reading the word scrotum a handful of times, you aren’t ready for this book.

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