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These Unlucky Stars



by
Gillian McDunn

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Bloomsbu
Imprint
Bloomsbury USA
ISBN
9781547605385
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From the author of Caterpillar Summer comes a new heartfelt story of a girl’s unexpected friendship that changes her forever.

Annie has always been the odd one out in her family. Her practical dad and brother just don’t understand the way she thinks. Ever since her mother left a few years ago, Annie has been reluctant to get close to anyone.

When a poor decision lands Annie in hot water, she must make amends by watching her elderly neighbor’s weird dog all summer. As Annie begins to connect with her neighbor Gloria, it becomes clear that Gloria won’t be able to live on her own for much longer. But it’s this brief and important friendship that gives Annie the confidence to let people in, and see how rich life can be when you decide to make your own luck and chart your own path to happiness.

Perfect for fans of Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Gillian McDunn has crafted another touching story that will remain in readers’ hearts.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4: points 7

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Self-confidence. Brothers and sisters. Luck. Friendship. Small towns. Intergenerational friendship. Single-parent families.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–Annie feels like she has no control over her life because she was born under an unlucky star, or so her mother said before she left. So it makes sense that when she dares to play ding dong ditch on an elderly lady’s door, Annie causes the woman to fall and break her arm. It figures that she’ll have to help take care of her throughout the summer, when all she really wants is to help design the float for the family store in the town festival. And, of course, her dad and brother don’t want her help. What starts out as an unlucky break turns into a summer of healing, as Annie and Gloria gain new insights into what makes good life. McDunn includes illustrations drawn by Annie to transition throughout the book, which provide a glimpse into Annie’s thoughts. Annie eventually realizes that luck cannot dictate her life, but it grows tiresome watching her blame her poor decisions on bad luck, though the chapters are short enough for reluctant readers. Annie does show spunk, and readers will appreciate her insights: “Ugh. This is so typical. When girls do something nice, it’s an expectation. When boys do something nice, it’s a celebration.” Annie and her family are white, her friend Faith is described as having brown skin, and there is an LGBTQ+ couple. VERDICT A fair realistic fiction read, but there are others that do the job better. A secondary purchase.–Kerri Williams, Center Moriches Free P.L., NY

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–Annie feels like she has no control over her life because she was born under an unlucky star, or so her mother said before she left. So it makes sense that when she dares to play ding dong ditch on an elderly lady’s door, Annie causes the woman to fall and break her arm. It figures that she’ll have to help take care of her throughout the summer, when all she really wants is to help design the float for the family store in the town festival. And, of course, her dad and brother don’t want her help. What starts out as an unlucky break turns into a summer of healing, as Annie and Gloria gain new insights into what makes good life. McDunn includes illustrations drawn by Annie to transition throughout the book, which provide a glimpse into Annie’s thoughts. Annie eventually realizes that luck cannot dictate her life, but it grows tiresome watching her blame her poor decisions on bad luck, though the chapters are short enough for reluctant readers. Annie does show spunk, and readers will appreciate her insights: “Ugh. This is so typical. When girls do something nice, it’s an expectation. When boys do something nice, it’s a celebration.” Annie and her family are white, her friend Faith is described as having brown skin, and there is an LGBTQ+ couple. VERDICT A fair realistic fiction read, but there are others that do the job better. A secondary purchase.–Kerri Williams, Center Moriches Free P.L., NY

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