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Parents' Guide to

The Higher Power of Lucky

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Newbery winner is delicate, humorous, poignant.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

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age 10+
I loved this book. I am a 25 year old going to school to be a elementary school teacher and had to read it for class. I think this book was very good. For the use of the the one word that everyone knocks this book about I feel that using the correct term (in which Patron did) is better then using slang for it. For the use of drugs, alcohol, and smoking, it is all done by adults and not a single child does anything bad in the book with these.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This kind of book is catnip to Newbery committees. The lack of plot, the eccentric characters in a small community, the combination of humor and pathos, the sad but plucky protagonist in dire straits, the unhurried and media-free lives the characters lead -- it's all here. And author Susan Patron does a lovely job of it. The secondary characters are fascinating, and Lucky herself is intriguing: She always carries a survival kit, her hero is Charles Darwin, she plans to be a scientist, and she collects bugs in the breath mint containers thrown out by 12-step groups. Even the desert setting becomes a character.

All of it is delicately captured in black-and-white illustrations by Matt Phelan that perfectly match the tone of the text. Those who need plot-driven action probably will find this dull. But kids who loved Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo will probably love this one too.

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