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Susan Patron

Author of The Higher Power of Lucky

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Susan Patron was born in Los Angeles, California in 1948. She worked as a children's services librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library for 35 years and is an acclaimed author of children's books, having won the Newbery Award for The Higher Power of Lucky in 2007. Patron has served on numerous show more book award committees, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and reviews children's literature. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Patron, Susan
Birthdate
1888
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Places of residence
Los Angeles, California, USA
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librarian
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Los Angeles Public Library

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This is one of those books I picked up because of it's Newbery medal, but was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. The characters were true sounding, full of unusual quirks. The story, set in a tiny desert town was well crafted and the townsfolk and town itself was unusual and interesting. I genuinely liked Lucky, and even when she was not being her best, still looked forward to a happy ending.
 
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mslibrarynerd | 173 other reviews | Jan 13, 2024 |
In case you don't know, this is the book that won the Newbery medal and caused all the fuss over the word scrotum. Scrota (I had to look up the right plural) aside, it's a neat little book about a young girl looking for answers to life's tough questions, which is all the more interesting in her case because she has a nontraditional family and an obsession with 12 Step groups. (And Lucky is a really cute name for a kid, though it's kind of always been a dog's name in my book.)
 
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LibrarianDest | 173 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
I remember liking this when I was younger (perhaps because I had an unhealthy interest in ghosts and scary things...). Now, this story simply seems unnecessarily harsh and inexplicably not like most historical fiction novels. I'm sure other people have already mentioned this, but the creepy ghost girl was not necessary in the story and simply serves to make everything else seem rather unrealistic.

Either way, I think everyone who has read this book can agree that Behind the Masks is the strangest (by far) of the Dear America series. I myself wouldn't recommend this book anymore, but it's worth a try if you're set on reading it. :) Still, the other Dear America books are certainly worth reading.

Content warnings: Mentions of brothels, gun fights, mining accidents, dead bodies, "curves" on a woman, blood and bleeding, drowning, and the 601 vigilantes. In one scene, a tiny ghost girl is seen drowning in a puddle. Even though this serves as a plot point, the scene may be quite disturbing to younger readers. I will elaborate more on this later.

Full review to come.
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BooksbyStarlight | 5 other reviews | Oct 25, 2022 |
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron reminds me (in all the best ways) of the Ramona books I loved as a kid.

Lucky is smart, observant, and quirky, and it's fun to see her navigate her world. That world has its issues (deep poverty and absent parents among them). But it's also a world full of love and hope.

If you like realistic middle grades, and you haven't read this one yet, I strongly recommend it.
 
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RayLynneSH | 173 other reviews | Jul 13, 2022 |

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