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The Higher Power of Lucky

by Susan Patron
Illustrated by Matt Phelan

Published by A Richard Jackson Book / Atheneum, 2006
134 pages
ISBN: 1-4169-0194-9

Ages 9-12

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Ten-year-old Lucky lives in a trailer in Hard Pan, California. There are few secrets among the townís forty-three residents, but Lucky has one: she plans on running away. Itís not that she doesnít like Hard Pan. Itís home to the Found Object Wind Chime Museum and Visitor Center and an array of twelve-step meetings that provide wonderful opportunities for eavesdropping. Itís also home to her best friend, Lincoln, who challenges her to see old things in new ways, and her five-year-old neighbor, Miles, who never goes anywhere without his battered copy of Are You My Mother? But Lucky is worried. Her guardian, Brigitte, shows signs of planning to return to her home in France. Lucky is sure she will end up in an orphanage. She would much rather take control of her own destiny, even if it means leaving Hard Pan behind. Susan Patronís quietly charged story builds to a dramatic climax in the midst of a desert dust storm. When the air finally clears, so, too, does the haze of Luckyís uncertainty, and she is finally able to see what has been there all along: Brigitteís unwavering love. Patronís astonishingly fresh and literary novel, firmly grounded in Luckyís perspective features a memorable cast of singular characters and a distinctive sense of place. (MS) ©2007 Cooperative Childrenís Book Center

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