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A Whole Lot of Lucky

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  276 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Hailee Richardson never realized how much she hated her Salvation Army life and Goodwill accessories until the night her family wins the lottery. All of a sudden she's no longer the only girl at school without a cell phone or a brand-new bike! And the newfound popularity that comes with being a lottery winner is just what she's always dreamed of. But the glow of her smartp ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Walker Childrens
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Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Me: I LOVE this book!
Son: You wrote it.
Me: I LOVE this book!
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
**Putting a special star next to this one for my friends who teach 5th-7th grade because this novel has one of those pitch-perfect middle school voices that don't come along all that often. Watch for it in September!**

When Hailee's family wins the lottery, she makes a list of all the things she, NEEDS, now that they're not pinching pennies any more. New bike...mansion...the usual. But the reality of those winning numbers is different than Hailee expected it would be. A couple million
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: youth-fiction
6th-grader Hailee Richardson navigates a new school, new friendships, and a new life after her parents win 3 million dollars in the Lottery.

This middle-grade novel does an excellent job portraying changing middle-school relationships and complicated tween responsibilities. It will get kids thinking about materialism and wondering just how far 3 million dollars can go. I especially liked the subplot regarding Hailee's obsession with her smartphone, texting, and Facebook--this part of the storylin
Charlotte Fairbanks
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very well written book. And pretty accurate to an actual middle schooler. I found myself relating to it and understanding the urge to do some of the things she did. For example, when she gets mad at her friends or when they get mad at her, she explains it in such a way that I realize that some of the stuff that goes on in her head goes on in mine. Although any person no matter what age (or gender) you are, you could definitely enjoy this, I would especially recommend this for middle s ...more
I love the synopsis of this book! This book is a must read for me. It sounds like it has its unhappy moments, and then the hilarious moments, and I could sure use a great book like this to help me realize, actually what everyone should realize:What ever your situation in life is, rich, poor, middle-class, friendless, too many friends any life, that we should never take it for granted and wish for something better because as you know is the best thing you could ever dream of.
Ms. Yingling
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Hailee's family is doing okay-- her father has a rug cleaning business and her mother delivers newspapers. This is enough to keep Hailee and her baby sister in thrift store clothes, but not enough for things like new bicycles. When her father buys a winning lottery ticket, the family is not entirely sure how to proceed with the three million dollars, but is cautious. The mother quits her job, but the father keeps his. There are no new bikes, but there are a few new clothes. Most importantly, Hai ...more
Kylie K
A Whole Lot of Lucky is a book about a girl named Hailee who never really knew how much she hated her Salvation Army life until her family wins the lottery. Now, she isn't the only girl at school that has a cellphone or a brand new bike. I recommend this book to anyone who likes exciting books.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Sadly this book didn't stand to what it could've and should've been. The plot was clear but frankly quite pointless. I didn't understand what the point of The Book was and several of the characters seemed to not support the story at all. The main character was extremely selfish, and did not see how much she was given. She for some reason hated her best friend, or at least her actions expressed it. While the story was engaging, it really only shows the story of a while bunch of friend is
WKPL Children's/YA Books
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Miss Lori read this and really liked the message! Friendship. Wanting what you think you need to be "cool". Social media. Cell phones. Winning the LOTTERY! There is all this and more in this book! Great read for Middle School aged kids. Good lessons learned here for sure.
Eliza  Hall
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once I started reading this book I couldn't stop, it was that good.
Kenneth Flusche
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended for the Parents of Middle Schoolers everywhere. Not recommended for middle schoolers!!!!
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
When Hailee Richardson's parents win the lottery, she thinks her whole life is going to change. But her parents don't quit their jobs and don't run out to buy her new clothes and toys. The only thing they do is send her to local private school Magnolia Academy, away from her best friend.

But soon enough Hailee's talked her parents into buying her a new bike and a smartphone, and she begins to fit in at Magnolia. She joins the Library Club with her neighbor Emily, who turns out to be cooler than s
The Reading Countess
If I was solely considering my reading opinion, I would rate this one a 3. However, I am not the intended audience, so a 4 it is. A Whole Lot of Lucky is dripping with figurative language, which is a good thing-right? You can easily close your eyes, flip to any random page and stick your finger on a sentence and WOILA! You will find a perfect example of a simile or personification. I found the (over)use of it to be overpowering and distracting. It was like over-salted/seasoned soup to my eyes (d ...more
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Whole Lot of Lucky was a good middle grade novel. The story focuses on a girl named Hailee. She becomes sick of always having second hand things. Especially when it comes to her three dollar bike. Needless to say when her parents win the lottery, she is ecstatic. However, when she tries to become as popular as the rich kids, she starts to lose who she really is. This book teaches an important lesson to it’s readers. No matter how great things get, don’t forget where you came from. The book als ...more
Pamela Kramer
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"A Whole Lot of Lucky" by Danette Haworth includes many of the tried and true themes for middle grade readers that grace her other books, including "The Summer of Moonlight Secrets" and "Me & Jack." Themes like friendship, fitting in, and family are especially important to readers at that age.

Haworth creates a perfect main character. Hailee Richardson, her baby sister, and their parents live a life where new clothes come from Goodwill and bicycles are bought second-hand. When Hailee borrows a j
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Actually 2.75 stars
This was a fun book to read, and while it was a a slightly different sort of coming-of-age story and well written and everything, I really disliked the main character Hailee. I'm about her age and while I was reading this I kept thinking, "Wow, I really wouldn't have done that", or "bad idea". She didn't seem very mature and is really mean to her friends in more than a couple parts of the book. She sort of learns her lesson in the end...but she doesn't really improve as much a
Hailee's tired of wearing hand-me-down clothes, riding a rusty boy's bike, and being treated poorly by the popular kids at her school. When her parents win the lottery, her life changes, but not necessarily in all of the ways that she would have hoped. Because of the money, she is able to go to a new school and she gets a cell phone. These two changes have a huge effect on her as she tries to fit in with a different group of kids. Hailee is faced with choices on who she should be friends with, a ...more
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hailee is a typical girl with an annoying baby sister and spends all of her time with her best friend, Amanda. Although, her whole life changes when her family wins the lottery. She makes a list of things she wants with all of that money, but instead her parents send her to a rich, private school. At the school, she becomes good friends with a popular girl named Nikki. Being friends with Nikki, however, gets both of them in trouble and pulls Hailee and Amanda's friendship apart. Hailee learns im ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I couldn't agree more, kittycrazy601. This is a modern Great Expectations, and it wasn't too bad. Great Expectations wasn't my favorite because of how stuck up the main character gets, but all things considered it was a good read. (Lanie 513)

ANOTHER REVIEW: Hailee Richardson is pretty poor. Her dad cleans carpets. Her mom delivers newspapers. Her best friend seems so lucky, with her brand new bike and her own cell phone. Her clothes are brand new. Hailee's come from Goodwill. Until one day,when
Kay Carman
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Sixth-grader Hailee's family, lower middle-class, wins the lottery and she becomes obsessed with what that will mean to regarding the amount of stuff she has and how her status will change among her peers. Her mother enrolls her in a private school and Hailee flirts with the idea of becoming a mean girl, like those who have made her miserable at her previous school. Being assimilated into the popular group becomes a high priority.

Hailee eventually smartens up, but it takes too long. I did apprec
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I fear that some of my committee members will want to drop this title, simply because of the mature themes in this middle grade novel. Hailey's new private school friends smoke, ride in cars with boys, skip classes, cheat, and dabble in just about every other rebellious thing a middle school student can do. However, these are issues that middle schoolers encounter: and if they don't, exploring them within the safe confines of a book is not a bad thing, in my opinion. I fully support exposing chi ...more
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Hailee is an emotional character, full of spunk and wit (and silliness). She's going through the regular 6th grade growing up problems. I found her relationships with her financially struggling parents, baby sister and best friend authentic. Then an interesting twist is thrown into the mix. Her family wins the lottery!

But instead of turning rich overnight, she has to wait for positive changes to dribble in, and is blindsided when her parents put her in a private girls school. The exploration of
Mrs. Kathy
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Hailee Richardson is a typical middle school girl. she has two parents and a baby sister. Money is tight in their household and Hailee wears clothes from the Salvation Army and rides a boys bike which has seen better days. Hailee spends most of her time with her friend, Amanda. Things drastically change for Hailee when her parents win the lottery. Hailee is sent to a private school for girls, gets a new bike and finally receives a cell phone. She meets a new group of friends and tries to fit in ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was okay in my opinion. It didn't have any of those belly-dropping twists or any major action. I feel like the book moved at a slow pace. Overall, " A Whole Lot of Lucky " wouldn't be at the top of my " to read " list if I were to read it again.
Sandy Brehl
Hailey's first person voice (attitude, expressions, partially formed value system, EVERYTHING) is spot on for someone her age and circumstances, although they are truly not typical. Living a low-end-of-middle class-scraping-by life, her family suddenly wins the lottery. Her take on it- RICH! Her responsible parents' take on the 'modest' winnings is good stewardship, security, education.
Hailey's growth in a few months time would seem unlikely, but these are unusual experiences, and bailey is tru
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Danette Haworth has done it again!

Her writing is so exciting and poignant. I loved Hailee's story and I can't wait for my girls to get a few years older so they can enjoy it too.

One of my favorite descriptions was on page 187:

"When a boy touches your cheek, his fingertips leave glittery paths of sparkles and happiness across your skin and somehow these sparkles bubble up to your brain and you feel as if you are floating. Even though Matthew was swatting a bug off my face, this is what it felt li
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tween-novel, children
A solid middle-grade novel about a struggling family winning the lottery. There were a lot of laughs in this book and while the plot was somewhat predictable, it was told in a very relatable and age-appropriate way. There is an underlying Christian theme in the book which is not heavy handed and lends a uniqueness to it that I found refreshing.
Definitely geared towards girls 4th grade to probably 7th/8th.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Hailee's a teenager with Goodwill clothes and an old bike. She thinks that's about to change when her parents win the lottery, but they show considerable restraint with their winnings and instead of buying her all of the gadgets she'd like they transfer her to a private school. Hailee ends up having a falling out with her best friend from her old school when she starts to hang out with the bad/cool girl from her new school. She eventually learns the importance of true friendship.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
At my house, we have a stack of "realistic fiction" genre books to sort through for a book project, and this novel was the last of the bunch. It wasn't my favorite, but it wasn't bad. I guess it was different from what I expected. This book is less of a rags to riches story, and more about a middle-schooler's relationships with her friends. It features peer pressure, sleep-overs, and social media.

Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book not only because it dealt with social status, middle school girls, and the reliance of kids on their phones and facebook, but because I felt like I was in the middle of the conversations and activity taking place. A good choice for girls looking for a pleasant read. They might even learn something by seeing life from another girls perspective.
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