136. The Higher Power of Lucky

The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
Illustrated by Matt Phelan

Pages: 134
Finished: Dec. 21, 2007
Reason for Reading: Newbery Project
First Published: 2006
Genre: children fiction
Awards: Newbery Award
Rating: 2.5/5

First Sentence:

Lucky Trimble crouched in a wedge of shade behind the Dumpster.

Comments: 10-year-old Lucky lives in a rural town with a population of 43. She is constantly worried that her Guardian will leave her and go back to live in France. This book left me greatly underwhelmed. I had no great liking for the characters and the plot was mostly uneventful. Disappointing for a Newbery winner.


  1. I agree. The Newbery Honors, on the other hand, were great reads.

  2. I haven't read any of the honors yet but all 3 of them intrigue me.

  3. I agree, too. This was "just okay" for me (3/5). Definitely a disappointment for a Newbery.

  4. Glad to see I'm in such good company! I thought maybe it was just me at first, but good to hear others thought the same.


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