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The Higher Power of Lucky

by Susan Patron
Illustrator Matt Phelan

Atheneum Books For Young Readers | December 30, 2008 | Trade Paperback

The Higher Power of Lucky is rated 4 out of 5 by 5.
Lucky, age ten, can''t wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the rock-bottom only choice she has.

It''s all Brigitte''s fault -- for wanting to go back to France. Guardians are supposed to stay put and look after girls in their care! Instead Lucky is sure that she''ll be abandoned to some orphanage in Los Angeles where her beloved dog, HMS Beagle, won''t be allowed. She''ll have to lose her friends Miles, who lives on cookies, and Lincoln, future U.S. president (maybe) and member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. Just as bad, she''ll have to give up eavesdropping on twelve-step anonymous programs where the interesting talk is all about Higher Powers. Lucky needs her own -- and quick.

But she hadn''t planned on a dust storm.

Or needing to lug the world''s heaviest survival-kit backpack into the desert.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.5 in

Published: December 30, 2008

Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416975578

ISBN - 13: 9781416975571

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genuine characters A very sweet read with rich characterizations. I look forward to reading the sequel due in March. I'd recommend this book to readers in grade 4 and up.
Date published: 2009-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Controversial without merit Lucky did not seem the most appropriate name for our protagonist at the onset of this story, however, I soon understood and felt how Lucky she was to be so mature, insightful and self-aware at such a young age. The Higher Power of Lucky reminds us of the error of assumption, the need for spirituality and the wholeness of community. I would recommend this book be read in tandem with your child, so as to be able to explain some of the mature themes and harsh realities that may be hard for a young mind to process properly. That being said, the controversies that have surrounded this book are ridiculous, and only underline our societies improper and stifling traditions of silencing our young and stigmatizing “shameful” things, which incidentally, whether deemed by the masses “shameful” or not, are inherently human. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring and Moving I read this book last year and was moved by Susan Patron's compassion for her character Lucky. This is a great book for both kids and adults. I think kids will relate to Lucky's world and her desire to take an adventure and belong. Where adults will connect with the Lucky's observations about her world and the connections she makes about finding one's higher power. This book moved me to tears (which is very rare for me) and I think about it often when I am faced with finding my own "higher power."
Date published: 2008-01-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing for a Newbery Winner 10-year-old Lucky lives in a rural town with a population of 43. She is constantly worried that her Guardian will leave her and go back to live in France. This book left me greatly underwhelmed. I had no great liking for the characters and the plot was mostly uneventful. Disappointing for a Newbery winner.
Date published: 2008-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a truly beautiful story This was a beautiful story. I am so happy that I read it. (I'm typing this as I wipe the tears from my eyes). Lucky is a 10 year old girl who's mother died 2 years earlier and is now living with her Guardian (which happens to be her father's first wife). Lucky has been listening in on a variety of '12 Step' meetings and she is trying to find her 'Higher Power'. Lucky hits 'Rock Bottom' when she thinks her Guardian is leaving her. She then gains inner strength as she finds her 'Higher Power' and also helps her small friend Miles deal with a problem he is having. I would gladly recommend this book to others, even though some people have strongly and vocally objected to the mention of a dog's particular body part (that the sensors won't let me type in this review) in the first chapters. I will be lending this to the librarian at my daughter's school, and hopefully she will buy a copy for the kids to read.
Date published: 2007-10-10

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The Higher Power of Lucky

by Susan Patron
Illustrator Matt Phelan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.5 in

Published: December 30, 2008

Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416975578

ISBN - 13: 9781416975571

About the Book

Lucky, age ten, doesn't expect running away to be so complicated. A large cast of magnanimous surprises awaits her when she plans to hide from her guardian in the Mojave Desert. Illustrations.

From the Publisher

Lucky, age ten, can''t wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the rock-bottom only choice she has.

It''s all Brigitte''s fault -- for wanting to go back to France. Guardians are supposed to stay put and look after girls in their care! Instead Lucky is sure that she''ll be abandoned to some orphanage in Los Angeles where her beloved dog, HMS Beagle, won''t be allowed. She''ll have to lose her friends Miles, who lives on cookies, and Lincoln, future U.S. president (maybe) and member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. Just as bad, she''ll have to give up eavesdropping on twelve-step anonymous programs where the interesting talk is all about Higher Powers. Lucky needs her own -- and quick.

But she hadn''t planned on a dust storm.

Or needing to lug the world''s heaviest survival-kit backpack into the desert.

About the Author

Susan Patron was born in Los Angeles, California in 1948. She worked as a children's services librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library for 35 years and is an acclaimed author of children's books, having won the Newbery Award for The Higher Power of Lucky in 2007. Patron has served on numerous book award committees, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and reviews children's literature.

Editorial Reviews

“Lucky is a true heroine.”—Booklist

Appropriate for ages: 9