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Higher Power of Lucky (Newbery Medal Winner)

Higher Power of Lucky (Newbery Medal Winner)

Higher Power of Lucky (Newbery Medal Winner) Hardcover - 2006

by Patron, Susan

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New York: Atheneum, 2006 Cloth backed boards in color illustrated dust jacket. The story of a little girl living in the desert of California who wants to find her higher power, after hearing the term at an AA meeting. The book stirred up controvery among parents and librarians at the use of the word "scrotum." Winner of the Newbery Award, the award seal is not present. . First Edition First Printing. Hard Cover. As New/As New. Illus. by Matt Phelan. 8vo.
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  • Title Higher Power of Lucky (Newbery Medal Winner)
  • Author Patron, Susan
  • Illustrator Matt Phelan
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First Edition First Printing
  • Condition New
  • Pages 144
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Atheneum, New York
  • Date 2006
  • Illustrated Yes
  • Bookseller's Inventory # 005859
  • ISBN 9781416901945 / 1416901949
  • Weight 0.62 lbs (0.28 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.75 x 6.13 x 0.6 in (22.23 x 15.57 x 1.52 cm)
  • Ages 09 to 11 years
  • Grade levels 4 - 6
  • Reading level 950
  • Library of Congress subjects Interpersonal relations, Missing children
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2005021767
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

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Lucky, age ten, can't wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the rock-bottom only choice she has.

It's all Brigitte's fault -- for wanting to go back to France. Guardians are supposed to stay put and look after girls in their care! Instead Lucky is sure that she'll be abandoned to some orphanage in Los Angeles where her beloved dog, HMS Beagle, won't be allowed. She'll have to lose her friends Miles, who lives on cookies, and Lincoln, future U.S. president (maybe) and member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. Just as bad, she'll have to give up eavesdropping on twelve-step anonymous programs where the interesting talk is all about Higher Powers. Lucky needs her own -- and quick.

But she hadn't planned on a dust storm.

Or needing to lug the world's heaviest survival-kit backpack into the desert.


Media reviews

âÈêLucky is a true heroine.âÈëâÈ'Booklist

About the author

Susan Patron specialized in Children's Services for 35 years at the Los Angeles Public Library before retiring in 2007, the same year her novel The Higher Power of Lucky was awarded the John Newbery Medal. As the library's Juvenile Materials Collection Development Manager, she trained and mentored children's librarians in 72 branches. Patron has served on many book award committees, including the Caldecott and Laura Ingalls Wilder Committees of the American Library Association. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Patron's previous books for children include the Billy Que trilogy of picture books; Dark Cloud Strong Breeze; and a chapter book, Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe. All earned starred reviews, and the latter was named an ALA Notable book. The Higher Power of Luck will be translated into twelve foreign languages and has been optioned for a motion picture. Married to a rare book restorer from the Champagne region of France, Susan is working on the final book in the "Lucky" trilogy.

Matt Phelan's black-and-white illustrations first appeared in The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney. His picture books include The New Girl...and Me and Two of a Kind, both written by Jacqui Robbins. Matt lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.