Lucky Breaks

By Susan Patron; Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
(Atheneum Books, Paperback, 9781416997726, 181pp.)

Publication Date: May 4, 2010

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Things are fairly normal in Hard Pan, population forty-three. But to Lucky, fairly normal means fairly boring, and she’s restless. Just in the nick of time, she meets a potential new best friend named Paloma, who happens to be visiting Hard Pan with her uncle, a geologist. And before she knows it, Lucky gets stuck in a well, meets up with a wild burro, discards something she didn’t know was precious, does something unexpectedly cruel, and learns a couple of the secrets of the universe.




About the Author
Susan Patron specialized in Children's Services for 35 years at the Los Angeles Public Library before retiring in 2007, the same year her novel "The Higher Power of Lucky" 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.

Patron's previous books for children include the Billy Que trilogy of picture books; "Dark Cloud Strong Breeze"; and a chapter book, "Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe". All earned starred reviews, and the latter was named an ALA Notable book. "The Higher Power of Luck "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.



MATT PHELAN's many books includeVery Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle and "The Storm in the Barn", winner of the Scott O'Dell Award. He lives in Philadelphia. www.mattphelan.com
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