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The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
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The Higher Power of Lucky (2006)

by Susan Patron

Other authors: Matt Phelan (Illustrator)

Series: Lucky Trimble (1)

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Lucky, a 10 year-old little girl who is from a small town called Hard Pan in the California Desert, is expected to grow up and be the president. After a tragic accident kills her mother, Lucky’s father called his ex-wife up and asks her to take care of Lucky. Bridgette (the ex-wife) leaves a passport out and Lucky things that Bridgette is planning to leave her! When Lucky runs away because of her suspicion that Bridgette is leaving them, the town frantically starts looking for them; when the town finally finds Lucky, she finds out that what she thought was a passport was actually the paperwork for Bridgette to adopt her! This book teaches the incredible lessons of not judging a book by its cover and I would use it in my classroom to teach just that. ( )
  jes054 | Mar 17, 2019 |
It was alright. I don't think I would have vote for it for a Newbery Award. ( )
  ksmedberg | Aug 15, 2018 |
Ten-year-old Lucky Trimble lives in Hard Pan, California, pop. 43, at the edge of the desert. Her mom recently died as the result of going outside after a storm and touching a downed electrical wire. She’s now living with her biological father’s first wife, Birgitte, who has come from France to look after Lucky. And Lucky is afraid Birgitte will return to France, leaving her in an orphanage.

Lucky hangs around the town hall where all the “anonymous” meetings are held (Alcoholics, Gamblers, Overeaters) and she overhears them all talking about finding their ‘higher power’. Lucky thinks if she can find her higher power, Birgitte will stay in Hard Pan with Lucky.

Very sweet.

4 stars ( )
  ParadisePorch | Mar 21, 2018 |
The higher power of lucky is a story about a girl who deals with the feelings of insecurity and abandonment. Two years ago, her mother died in a terrible accident. Lucky was taken in by her fathers first wife, Brigitte from France to raise her in the states. Lucky discovers a briefcase and passport on Brigitte's bed and believes she is going to leave her. Lucky decides to run away after taking the advise from her town's local 12 step meetings (that she eavesdropped on) that she needs a higher power and that these signs should mean she should leave her situation at home. She then heads off with her friends miles and lincoln where eventually the whole town is looking for them, eventually finding out that Lucky had made a huge misunderstanding about Brigitte's intentions.

This book deals with a lot of complicated issues of death, abandonment, insecurity, and running away that some children unfortunately deal with. Sometimes these are essential to discuss and to know that we aren't alone. ( )
  Matthew_Davis | Mar 11, 2018 |
What do you do when your mother dies and the first wife of your father (who didn't want you) moves from France to the California desert to be your guardian but you secretly fear she wants to go back and leave you, too? And what do you, the reader, do when people object to the book because the word "scrotum" (referring to a dog's) is on the first page? You sit back and enjoy every minute of Lucky's life and you cry at the end.

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"Her regular clothes were faded from many washings and from the sun, but the redness of this dress was the same thing for your eyes as a sonic boom is for your ears, or a jalapeno pepper is for your mouth." ( )
  DonnaMarieMerritt | Sep 13, 2017 |
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Lucky Trimble crouched in a wedge of shade behind the dumpster.
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It was a little disappointing that today nobody had explained how exactly they had found their Higher Power, which was what Lucky was mainly interested in finding out about.
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Curriculum Connection:  AASL std. 4:  Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.

4.1.2 Read widely and fluently to make connections with self, the world, and previous reading.
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BONUS FEATURE: EXCLUSIVE AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:02:01 -0400)

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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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