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The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
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Mar 16, 12

bookshelves: newberry, realistic-fiction
Read in March, 2012

The review on the back says "Patron is a master of light but sure characterization and closely observed detail. A small gem." It's hard to improve on that. This is not a story of high drama or tense action, and it can only slightly be characterized as a 'coming-of-age' tale, because Lucky is still the same young girl at the end of the story that she was at the beginning. What it IS is a tender, slightly sentimental look at a young girl struggling with her very normal desire for a sense of belonging. Some of my students will enjoy the setting in a small enclave not too distant from our own area, set in the somewhat quirky town of Hard Pan in the Mojave Desert. Those with any appreciation for nice, well developed characters will enjoy getting to know Lucky, Lincoln, Miles, and Brigitte.

A favorite passage:

At first she lay with one hand touching the urn. But after a while she put her arms all the way around it, like a child hugs a doll or a mother holds a child. Then she sat up and opened the lid again and let some of her tears fall inside. She wanted to mix her tears with the remains of her mother. She didn't know if this was allowed, so she did it very privately and quietly without telling anyone.
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