Susan Patron





Susan Patron


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Los Angeles, CA, The United States
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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 Ma
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The Higher Power of Lucky (...

3.56 avg rating — 10,646 ratings — published 2006 — 21 editions
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Lucky Breaks (The Hard Pan ...

3.75 avg rating — 747 ratings — published 2009 — 14 editions
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Lucky for Good (The Hard Pa...

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Behind the Masks: The Diary...

3.64 avg rating — 390 ratings — published 2012 — 7 editions
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Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe ...

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Burgoo Stew

3.25 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 1991 — 2 editions
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Bobbin Dustdobbin

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Dark Cloud Strong Breeze

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Five Bad Boys, Billy Que, a...

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3.71 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1992 — 2 editions
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“Because sometimes Lucky wanted to change everything, all the bad things that had happened, and sometimes she wanted everything to stay the same forever.”
Susan Patron, The Higher Power of Lucky

“When you are sad, your heart pumps the tragedy all through your body and fills your mind with the story of your suffering, and you tell that story to yourself over and over.”
Susan Patron, Lucky Breaks

“Lucky discovered that laughing was like crying in the sense that sometimes you cannot stop. And it's a catching disease, because when another person is spurting and gasping it makes you start again even after you have taken deep gulps of air and stopped looking at the other laughing person.”
Susan Patron

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