Lucky Trimble doesn’t feel so lucky sometimes. Her father never wanted children, and then her mother died, leaving her father’s ex-wife Brigitte to be her guardian. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron is a wonderfully written book describing how Lucky comes to accept her mother’s death and realize how much she is cared for by the people of her small desert town of Hard Pan, California. Lucky lives in fear that Brigitte is going to return to France. Really, where would you rather live: Hard Pan, California or Paris, France? Lucky’s best friend, Lincoln Clinton Carter Kennedy, is a world class knot-tyer, although his mom has big plans for him to be President of the United States some day. There’s a whole assortment of other interesting and lovable characters among the 43 residents of Hard Pan.
I highly recommend this book, which won the Newbery Medal in 2007, and am looking forward to its sequel, Lucky Breaks
, which will be released later this month!
"Lucky" reading to you,