THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY by Susan Patron
Because of her job cleaning up after the various “anonymous” meetings in her tiny California town, Lucky gets to hear a lot about how the alcoholics and smokers and gamblers hit “rock bottom” and found their Higher Power. Unfortunately, they never share the specifics of exactly how they found their Higher Power. Still, while she deals with her sadness over her mother’s death, her fears that her Guardian, Brigitte, will leave her, and her dreams of becoming a World Famous Scientist, Lucky is determined to find a Higher Power of her own.
Winner of the 2007 Newbery Award, The Higher Power of Lucky is a quirky, occasionally disjointed, but ultimately heart-warming coming-of-age story that focuses on themes of family and community. Although it is a slender book, it is intended for a middle grade audience.
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