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The Higher Power of Lucky (Hard Pan Trilogy)…

The Higher Power of Lucky (Hard Pan Trilogy) (original 2006; edition 2008)

by Susan Patron (Author)

Series: Lucky Trimble (1)

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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.
Title:The Higher Power of Lucky (Hard Pan Trilogy)
Authors:Susan Patron (Author)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2008), Edition: Reprint, 160 pages
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The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (2006)


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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
This 2007 Newbery Medal winner has quirky characters - a 10-year-old motherless girl named Lucky, and her two friends, knot-tying Lincoln (whose mother is a part-time librarian in the nearest larger town, and whose dad is 23 years older), and Miles, who lives with his grandmother (since his mother is in jail) and wants to read/have read 1960's "Are You My Mother?" by P.D. Eastman over and over. Lucky lives in trailers with her young French guardian (her father's ex-wife) in a remote town, population 43 (apparently mostly members of 12-step programs) at the edge of a California desert. The controversy about the word "scrotum" on the first page of the book is overblown, but the story probably is not appropriate for children under 12 anyway. It's a heartfelt tale with an ending that brought tears to my eyes, but most 9- to 11-year-olds, the book's target audience, may not "get" it. ( )
1 vote rdg301library | Oct 2, 2019 |
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 |
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Lucky Trimble crouched in a wedge of shade behind the dumpster.
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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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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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