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  • Published: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2006.
  • Year Published: 2006
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 134 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 1010

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 1416901949
  • 1416975578
  • 9781416901945



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The higher power of Lucky

by Patron, Susan, 1948-

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Where To Find It

Call number: J Fiction / Patron, Susan, R Newbery Medal 2007

Available Copies: Downtown Youth, Downtown Youth Ref., Malletts Youth, Pittsfield Youth, Traverwood Youth

Additional Details

"A Richard Jackson book."

Fearing that her legal guardian plans to abandon her to return to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble determines to run away while also continuing to seek the Higher Power that will bring stability to her life.

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higher power

It's odd how sometimes the summary of a book (such as the one up above, in "additional details") will focus on a smallish episode near the end of the book. What does that say about everything that led up to it - that it's not important? Or does it just lead readers to spend 80% of their reading/listening time wondering if they have the right book?

The title of the book refers to this: Lucky has a small job cleaning up a building in town where all the local 12 step groups meet (Alcoholics Anonymous, Smokers Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous). She often eavesdrops on the meetings through a hole in the wall, and thus ponders what sort of higher power she has in her life. Her mother died a few years earlier, and a French woman named Bridgitte is her guardian. Various incidents are related along the way, leading up to the climax where Lucky runs away during a major sand storm. Will she return home? Or will this be the final straw that causes Bridgitte to move back to France?

I listened to this a book on CD. For some reason, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I'd hoped. It is clearly aimed at a middle grades audience, but certain details or aspects seem more mature somehow and were thus jarring.


This book is good but kind of sad.

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