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Lucky Stars

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  160 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
On stage is the last place on Earth Kira, Jake, or Eugene want to be.
"I'm not a human jukebox," Kira tells her dad, "or a dancing doll, or a puppet, where you press a button and I'll entertain you!" Yet since arriving in New York City, she's had to sing "Amazing Grace" and "Me and Bobby McGee" with him and her two little brothers, Chris and Charlie, for handouts on a sub
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
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Lonna Pierce
Jun 29, 2013 Lonna Pierce rated it really liked it
What do you get when you mix three oddly talented middle schoolers and a duck? A box of entertaining quackers. Eugene, a Korean kid with no filter on his gregarious mouth, Jake, a stutterer who sings fluently like a god, & Kira, a vocal goddess with a family from hell, all meet in NYC after Kira's charming, down-on-his-luck dad coaxes her to sing with him and her two baby brothers in the subway station for money. Talk about a train wreck! When the three amigos join Ms. Hill's energetic middl ...more
Holly Beck
Sep 15, 2015 Holly Beck rated it really liked it
For this book I read “Lucky Stars” by Lucy Frank. I didn’t adore this book, but I still found it pretty likeable. Although it was confusing, it told a story that really did intrigue me.
A stray duck and a music teacher show three middle-school kids how to find their very own voices. Kira has a beautiful voice that her unemployed musician father abuses by having sing in the subway with her family. Kira refuses to sing not only in the subway, but everywhere else. Jake is a good student, but cuts
Jensen Gomez
Apr 27, 2015 Jensen Gomez rated it liked it
Lucky Stars was a book just sitting in my bookshelf, for about a year I just avoided it. Eventually I picked it up and decided to read it. The phrase don't judge a book by its cover plays a big role here. Because when I saw this cover I immediately assumed it wouldn't be very good.

But I won't lie it wasn't that great. It wasn't as nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be though. This book was definitely interesting, it has a good idea behind it but the overall book is way confusing. Half t
Aug 29, 2014 Abbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: language-arts
A great first impression by Lucy Frank full of messages and lessons in life about friendship and believing in yourself. It's a fun loving book written with great explanations! It is humorous and keeps the audience engaged 80% of the time. Although this book is a great writing piece, it is boring at some points. The author writes and allows to many clues for the reader so you can guess the next part. For the most part, this book is a well constructed book with a theme. Not my favorite book but it ...more
Sep 08, 2008 Farrelli rated it it was amazing
OMG!! i loved it you will fall in love with Jake
Jul 13, 2013 Lyn rated it liked it
Shelves: 1-ya
Thirteen-year-old Kira has a strong, beautiful voice and she hopes someday to share it with everyone, but singing in the New York city subway is not what she had in mind. Her dad, Russ, persuades Kira to join the performances he and her half brothers perform daily for handouts. Kira came to New York city for a visit with her dad and is shocked that this is how Russ supports his family.

Kira hates the subway performances. She is humiliated by having to sing to strangers who either heckle or pity h
Apr 18, 2008 Kellyn rated it really liked it
Kira moves to New York City to live with her father hoping that life there will be better than with her mother. Unfortunately she finds that the singing job he has arranged for her is singing in the subway while simultaneously keeping track of her two stepbrothers. Much to her dismay “house” where she is to live with her dad is a dilapidated basement apartment. Eventually Kira begins attending middle school with Jake and his best friend Eugene, fellow ostracized students. Together they join the ...more
Jan 29, 2009 KRISTI ♫ ♪ rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-favorie-books
Wow. Such a sweet book.
Things I liked: It was about music and as yall know, music is my life. I really liked how it switched points of view every few chapters, between the main characters; Kira, Jake, and Eugene. It helped you understand what they're thinking and how they act the way they do A LOT better. I also liked how it's not completely a happy book. There's a lot of really emotional/sad parts and that's what made Lucky Stars such an interesting book to read.
Thing I didn't like: How there
Feb 10, 2008 ClareBear rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
This is a really good book by Lucy Frank. It's about three different kids who all have one thing in common; they sing. Kira is living with her father, who wants her to sing for money in the subway. Jake loves to sing, but has a stutter that he wants to hide. Eugene is a "class clown" who sings badly and knows it, but Ms. Hill, the music teacher, has hopes for him, and recognizes just how good he can be. They all come to understand eachother, and go through good and bad times together. It is a bo ...more
Sep 23, 2015 Carina rated it really liked it
Cute story! Pretty predictable though I liked it and it was unique as well.
Feb 06, 2014 Quinn rated it liked it
The climax was a little disappointing but it was a very well-written book.
Alyssa Soethout
Feb 25, 2016 Alyssa Soethout rated it really liked it
One of my favorites
Dec 13, 2009 Sally rated it liked it
This book was interesting in terms of having the thoughts of one girl and two boys and on the same topic which is music. From chapters to chapters the characters would switch from point of views. As you read on the character seems funnier and funnier but even though this is a happy and funny book there were some parts where it was serious. The main characters are Kira, Jake and Eugene and they all dont like to sing in public but their music teacher thinks they have talent.
Oct 21, 2009 Lily rated it it was amazing
i really liked it it was about this girl who was with her grandma and came to vivsit her dad for awhile and ends up living with him.So she meets these two boys Eugene,a person who always makes stupid remarks that make, and Jake,who stutters when he talks and is always embarrassed and used to skip english class and met the girl in the subway since the girl's dad didn't have a job.
Jun 23, 2009 Brenda rated it liked it
I read this book so I could lead a children's book discussion. The story was really true-to-life. I was happy when the main characters started attending the chorus. The sub-story about the duck was cute, but a little unbelievable. The character, Russell, the dad, had some very mixed-up ideas about life. This book should make for an interesting discussion.
Heather Leung
Apr 15, 2012 Heather Leung rated it liked it

This book revolved around music and the view points of one girl and two boys.
(Kira, Jake and Eugene.)(They're singers, talented singers.)
It's cool yet sometimes annoying how the character view points change after each chapter.
But it's very funny and full of laughs with a hint of seriousness on the side.
A recommended book for teenagers.
Oct 24, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
3 very different kids with very different struggles find that friendship and music (singing) can help them cope. I liked the sections about their music class most of all. Also enjoyed the humorous parts about the pet duck, and other typical examples of middle school angst and melodrama. Convincingly written.
Jul 05, 2009 Mindy rated it it was amazing
Really good, better than I expected it. I really liked how... there was a lot of humor, comedy, and they all sing... sort of. A great book of friendship, and a funny ending.

A bit confusing if you don't read the titles of the chapters.
Burbank Library Children's Department
For kids who love "Glee" or who are superstars in waiting, this book follows the lives of three middle schoolers who discover the ups and downs of friendship, first love, and surviving glee club.

AR Level 3.3
AR Points 8
Nov 26, 2008 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
Mychael Rose told me this book was great and it was. I wish the chapters switched between characters more evenly though. But, it was still a great story with humor and description.
Feb 18, 2008 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Really, really, awesome. It describes a new world for you, as well as providing an interesting story to go along with it. I liked how realistic the situations were.
Feb 28, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was ok
I got this book because I love music, but it didn't grasp my attention. It had a slow start. All in all, OK book. Definitely not my favorite.
JennyGrace  M.
Aug 27, 2010 JennyGrace M. rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it is about rising above issues such as poverty or disabilities and becoming who you want to be through talent.
Jan 21, 2011 Rhiannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great
It's about three kids who can sing. It's really good.
Sami C
Feb 15, 2013 Sami C rated it liked it
it was ok. it definitely wasn't make favorite book ever.
Apr 15, 2011 Ninglu rated it really liked it
Lucy Frank writes modern awesome
May 10, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing
just started but i love it!!
Aug 15, 2011 Lywana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It could have been better :(
Grace Ashburn
Apr 15, 2014 Grace Ashburn rated it really liked it
Sep 21, 2008 Natalie rated it it was ok
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