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Lucky Breaks by Susan Patron

Lucky Breaks (edition 2010)

by Susan Patron (Author)

Series: Lucky Trimble (2)

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Having reached the mature age of eleven in the tiny California town of Hard Pan (population 43), Lucky discovers that there is still much to learn about friendship, parental trust, and the Milky Way galaxy.
Title:Lucky Breaks
Authors:Susan Patron (Author)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2010), Edition: Reprint, 208 pages
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I liked Lucky Breaks almost as much as its predecessor, The Higher Power of Lucky. It is another gentle, delightful story of Lucky Trimble and the assortment of eccentric "desert rats" that make up the population of her town of Hard Pan, Calif., population 43. The conflict in this second novel is focused on Lucky's own insecurities. When her "meanness glad" acts up a few times with her two closest friends she has a few hard lessons to learn. ( )
  fingerpost | May 30, 2016 |
"Ginee Seo books." | Sequel to: The higher power of Lucky.
  Bookman1954 | Feb 17, 2015 |
[Insert usual why-can't-a-book-be-a-standalone-book-anymore rant here. Also: there will be a third, or at least that's the implication in Patron's acknowledgments at the end. ]

As her eleventh birthday draws near, Lucky finds herself wanting just one thing: a girlfriend. Lincoln's been her best friend for years, but lately Lucky's looking at him more critically: he's always so calm and rational, and so caught up in his knot-tying, and the secret project he's working on for the knotting competition he's entered. What Lucky wants in a friend is someone who knows how to have fun and do things that are maybe a little more dangerous, less predictable. So when Lucky meets Paloma, a girl her own age tagging along on a trip through Hard Pan with her geologist uncle, she knows Paloma is the adventure-friendly best friend she's wanted. As her friendship with Paloma grows, Lucky pushes Lincoln away--even when he's rescued her from an impossible jam of her own making.

Like its predecessor, Lucky Breaks has a quiet grace, a bittersweet story of learning just what loving someone means, whether it's a maternal figure (Brigitte in Higher Power) or a friend, as is the case here. Lucky is struggling to distance herself from Lincoln, and while adults will recognize exactly what she's doing and why, Lucky herself doesn't seem to know.

Unfortunately, while adults will recognize what Lucky is going through and appreciate the humor and bittersweet sadness of her early adolescence, it will be the rare kid who takes to this book. Lucky is so much younger than the older teens her character will speak to that they are unlikely to pick up her story; middle-school students who will relate to Lucky's chronological age will lack the maturity to understand her situation. It's a beautifully written story, but it's unclear who the audience for it will be. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 31, 2013 |
The developing friendship between Lucky and Paloma is quite well done. I forgot how much I had enjoyed the cast of the characters from Hard Pan. Very real emotions play out here. ( )
  geraldinefm | Aug 24, 2011 |
Sequel to A Higher Power of Lucky, but not as good. Lucky is not a pleasant girl in this book, but she redeems herself in the end. ( )
  phh333 | Jun 25, 2010 |
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Eleven, Lucky thought from her seat at the back of the school bus, eleven, eleven, eleven, and the idea of it, the sound of it, threw off sparks in her head.
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Having reached the mature age of eleven in the tiny California town of Hard Pan (population 43), Lucky discovers that there is still much to learn about friendship, parental trust, and the Milky Way galaxy.

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