Lucky Breaks

by Susan Patron and Matt Phelan Book 2 of the Hard Pan Trilogy

Lucky Trimble is about to turn eleven. “Not the thud of ten, but flouncy e-lev-en,... read more

Lucky Trimble is about to turn eleven. “Not the thud of ten, but flouncy e-lev-en, with its sophisticated three syllables…eleven is much more intrepid than only ten.” When Lucky meets Paloma, a girl her age who finds everything about Lucky’s town of Hard Pan (pop. 43) fascinating, or funny in a good way, Lucky is sure she’s found a new friend—maybe even a new best friend—despite Paloma’s living hundreds of miles away. Paloma’s name is even the same as a woman of legend who was said to have wandered into Hard Pan a hundred years before, and Lucky knows things like that matter. Revisiting the vivid characters and community of Hard Pan first introduced in The Higher Power of Lucky (Atheneum, 2006), Susan Patron again looks at the life of a girl who is openhearted but not always kind, adventurous but not always careful, keenly observant but not always thoughtful. Lucky’s fallibility makes her so very real as she stumbles on the path to turning eleven and finds that a new friend can help her appreciate an old one. Susan Patron’s superbly written novel is full of surprising, acute descriptions of what Lucky thinks and feels—just one of the many treasures it holds. (Ages 8–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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