Meghan McGlinchey is set to clutch her eighth grade election when a chain letter shows up in the mail from Ireland and sets off a spree of bad luck. LMeghan McGlinchey is set to clutch her eighth grade election when a chain letter shows up in the mail from Ireland and sets off a spree of bad luck. Luckily, her family is all set to go to Ireland and meet her father's long lost sister, but in the mean time there's a lot of mishaps coming her way!
What I loved about this book
It's part of Cindy Callahan's international middle grade series. We loved Lost in London and this one, set in Ireland is just as fun
The main character shares a first name with one of my daughters. She was all over it when this book came in the mail!
The setting- castles, people who look like leprechauns, sheep in the street and a bit of magic.
It explores looking at life as a glass half empty or a glass half full. There's a discussion about superstition.
Lucky Me is an age appropriate, fun, easy read.
The covers are colorful and will make a great gift set for your tween.
It gives a brief but realistic snapshot of some of the Emerald Isle's sites.
What I wish
I wanted to know more about Finn, the side characters and Meghan's parents. The story line is very focused on one girl and one boy.
Was hoping for a few more laugh out loud moments.
A winner. We will definitely be buying all of Cindy's books!
Content: sneaking out, one kiss, some snarkiness between school girls ...more
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