Synopses & Reviews
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.
“Utterly captivating, idiosyncratic, rich and memorable . . . not only an entertaining book but an absorbing and artful one.”—New York Times Book Review
“An impressive debut.”—Booklist, starred review
“Smart and thoughtful, the story sparkles.” —School Library Journal
"Every detail is relevant in this tightly plotted debut peopled with an unforgettable cast of characters. More family drama than mystery, the story is told in Ella’s voice—compassionate, clever, preadolescent-snarky—allowing Bell to treat weighty issues with a light touch. "--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “Patron [is] a master of light but sure characterization and closely observed detail. A small gem.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Lucky is a true heroine.”—Booklist
The 2007 Newbery Medal winner is now in paperback. Lucky, age 10, doesn't expect running away to be so complicated. A large cast of magnanimous surprises awaits her when she plans to hide from her guardian in the Mojave Desert. Illustrations.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Susan Patronandlt;/bandgt; specialized in Children's Services for 35 years at the Los Angeles Public Library before retiring in 2007, the same year her novel andlt;iandgt;The Higher Power of Luckyandlt;/iandgt; was awarded the John Newbery Medal. As the library's Juvenile Materials Collection Development Manager, she trained and mentored children's librarians in 72 branches. Patron has served on many book award committees, including the Caldecott and Laura Ingalls Wilder Committees of the American Library Association. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Patron's previous books for children include the Billy Que trilogy of picture books; andlt;iandgt;Dark Cloud Strong Breezeandlt;/iandgt;; and a chapter book, andlt;iandgt;Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybeandlt;/iandgt;. All earned starred reviews, and the latter was named an ALA Notable book. andlt;iandgt;The Higher Power of Luckandnbsp;andlt;/iandgt;will be translated into twelve foreign languages and has been optioned for a motion picture. Married to a rare book restorer from the Champagne region of France, Susan is working on the final book in the "Lucky" trilogy. andlt;bandgt;Matt Phelan'sandlt;/bandgt; black-and-white illustrations first appeared in andlt;iandgt;The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springsandlt;/iandgt; by Betty G. Birney. His picture books includeandnbsp;andlt;Iandgt;The New Girl...and Me andlt;/Iandgt;and andlt;Iandgt;Two of a Kind, andlt;/Iandgt;both written by Jacqui Robbins. Matt lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.