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FEBRUARY 5, 2007
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
The 2007 Newbery Winner stars 10-year-old Lucky Trimble who lives with her French guardian Brigitte in the desert of Hard Pan, California. She works at the Found Object Wind Chime Museum and Visitor Center cleaning the porch following various 12-step programs, where she listens in hoping to find some clue where to find her own Higher Power. She worries that Brigitte will return to France causing her to go to an orphanage, but otherwise is a level-headed girl who collects insect specimens and understands the environment in which she lives that includes snakes, scorpions and cholla burrs. Full of quirky characters like pesty 5-year-old Miles who goes from home to home in searh of cookies while carrying his favorite book "Are You My Mother?", her friend Lincoln who is obsessed with knot-tying, and Short Sammy, a recovering alcoholic who prepares interesting meals trying to incorporate the U.S. Government Surplus foods. Full of atmosphere and a background story that helps to explain why the characters are the way they are, this book provides a surprise at the ending that please young readers. Most appropriate for children in grades 3-5 or for readers who enjoyed "Because of Winn Dixie".

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