Lucky Breaks (Hardcover)

By Susan Patron, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)

Ginee Seo Books, 9781416939986, 181pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2009

Summer 2009 Kids' List

“Just as she's about to turn 11, Lucky finds a new best friend in out-of-towner Paloma and gets into all sorts of trouble (as usual!). Patron's quiet elegance is great for readers who care more about character than action, in this beautiful follow-up to The Higher Power of Lucky.”
— Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck, NY
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"Eleven is much more intrepid than only ten."

On the eve of her eleventh birthday, Lucky wants to let loose and become intrepid; she's ready for life to change. But Hard Pan (population 43) drones on like it always has: Lincoln all tied up in knotty matters, Miles newly diagnosed as a genius but as needy as ever, Brigitte running her Cafe and trying to figure out what it means to be American.

Enter Paloma, tagging along on a visit to Hard Pan with a pack of hungry geologists. She's smart and pretty and fun -- definitely best-friend material. But will Lucky be able to cope with tomato worms, Short Sammy's mysterious box, the potential for disaster when Paloma's parents visit Hard Pan, and Lincoln's fame among knot tyers of the world?

Lucky's intrepidness is put to the test in this satisfying sequel to the Newbery Award-winning The Higher Power of Lucky.