Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Higher Power of Lucky

The Higher Power of Lucky           
Author: Susan Patron           
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2006.

Plot Description:
             Ten year old Lucky lives with her guardian Brigitte in Hard Pan, California.  Unfortunately Lucky is pretty sure Brigitte is planning on going back to France and leaving her behind.  Instead of waiting for her to leave, Lucky decides to take matters into her own hands and run away.  With her beagle and well equipped survival pack she makes plans to strike out on her own, even though it means leaving her friends and everyone she knows behind.  However, she learns that the best laid plans have a tendency to go awry.

            A very interesting book about a young girl left alone in the world.  It demonstrates the confusion that any child would feel in her situation.  The presence of a guardian who is taking care of her creates angst for Lucky, who is sure that at any moment Brigitte will decide she has had enough of her and leave.  The book is well written and shows the difficulties of those living in the fringes of society, relying on government subsidies to survive, and how one young girl wants to change that for herself.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reading level: 5th Grade

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Reader’s Advisory:
Personal thoughts- Cute read about a spunky girl
Subjects/themes- Orphan, Fiction, Loss, Adventure
Awards- 2007 Newbery Medal
Character names/descriptions-
            Lucky- spunky orphan who collects nature samples
            Miles- 5 year old who constantly wants Are you my mother? read to him
            Lincoln- Lucky’s knot tying friend
            Brigitte- Lucky’s guardian
Annotation: Finding your higher power is easier than you might think.

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