The Higher Power of Lucky

Paperback | December 30, 2008

bySusan PatronIllustratorMatt Phelan

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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.

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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 girl...

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 th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.5 inPublished:December 30, 2008Publisher:Atheneum Books For Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1416975578

ISBN - 13:9781416975571

Appropriate for ages: 9

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“Lucky is a true heroine.”—Booklist