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The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
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Feb 22, 08

bookshelves: read-juvenile, newbery, audiobooks
Read in February, 2008

This Newbery Award winner was a really sweet book. Ten year old Lucky struggles to find her place. After listening in on 12-step programs for various addictions, Lucky seeks to find her higher power. Her mother died only a couple years ago, and to her knowledge, she has never met her father. When she fears that guardian Brigette wants to leave her and return to France, Lucky runs away to find her higher power. The town, Hard Pan, has a population of 43, and the characters presented are as colorful and endearing as aspiring scientist Lucky. Patron's language was beautiful, capturing the innocence and intelligence of the girl, mixing young emotions and a scientific mind.

I listened to this on CD and the narrator Cassandra Campbell definitely did justice to the high quality of the book. From presenting a ten year old to the various French terms, Campbell draws you into the story to fully appreciate the richness of language and plot.
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