Lucky for Good

By: Susan Patron

Illustrator: Erin McGuire

Lucky researches her family tree and finally finds some answers about her father in the conclusion to the Hard Pan trilogy. Black-and-white pencil illustrations.

ISBN: 9781416990581

JLG Release: Oct 2011


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Restaurants , Interpersonal relations , Community life , Mothers and sons , Christian life , California

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Awards & Honors

Booklist Lasting Connections of 2012, Language Arts; 2012 CCBC Choices

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

As the third book in Patron’s series opens, the tiny desert town of Hard Pan (population 43) is bustling. Lucky’s adoptive mother, Brigitte, who has opened a small café, gets an unwelcome visit from the county health inspector, who threatens to shut things down. Miles’s mother, Justine, is sprung from jail and is full of newfo

As the third book in Patron’s series opens, the tiny desert town of Hard Pan (population 43) is bustling. Lucky’s adoptive mother, Brigitte, who has opened a small café, gets an unwelcome visit from the county health inspector, who threatens to shut things down. Miles’s mother, Justine, is sprung from jail and is full of newfound religious platitudes. This causes her supremely scientific son no small amount of grief. Lucky gets into a fight with a middle schooler (who just happens to be the health inspector’s nephew), works on tracking down her father’s only living relative, and gets her first kiss. There are also tidbits of poetry, art, genealogy, and health ordinances. Yes, Patron packs a lot into this book, but nothing feels rushed or shortchanged. That is a tribute to the strength of her writing and the depth of her characterizations. As in the previous books, the plot rambles slightly (this is a good thing) and the kids are super thoughtful and articulate. Miles’s mother’s religion, while not unexpected, feels like it comes down heavily in the final third of the book, but it allows Lucky to contemplate her Higher Power, and although she questions Justine’s choices, she is never judgmental. This is a terrific read and a lovely completion to the trilogy.—Geri Diorio, The Ridgefield Library, CT

Book Details

ISBN

9781416990581

First Release

October 2011

Genre

Dewey Classification

Fiction

Trim Size

6 1/8" x 8 3/4"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.5; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 8.3; Points: 12;

Lexile

Level 980L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Atheneum

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Restaurants, Interpersonal relations, Community life, Mothers and sons, Christian life, California,

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