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Lucky Luna

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Luna Ramos has more cousins than she can count, and even though her mom says that makes her lucky, Luna knows that every time she gets in trouble—and she gets in trouble a lot—one of her primas is responsible.

But when mischievous Luna locks her know-it-all cousin Claudia in the bathroom at their cousin’s quinceañera, Luna has no one to blame but herself. Her punishment? S
Published August 28th 2018 by Scholastic
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Kind of adorable, with a loud-mouthed truth-stretching protag who is ease to root for.
Ms. Yingling
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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Fifth grader Luna loves her family, but she has too many female cousins who are always hanging around. Her primas get her in trouble, or at least that's what Luna claims. As her friend Mabel points out, Luna does pretty well at getting into trouble on her own. When one of her least favorites cousins, Claudia, switches from a private school to Luna's public one, she's not happy. Prone to impulsive decisions that aren't always good, Luna tries to be nice to her cousin
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to @kidlitexchange (#partner) and @Scholasticinc for the advance reading copy for review. All opinions are my own.

This young MG novel by Diana López tackles meddling cousins, birthmarks, school troubles, and stress management head-on, but in a sweet, age-appropriate way.
Luna Ramos has tons of primas, which are girl cousins, if you don’t already know. The primas can be sweet and fun—painting Luna’s nails and quizzing her for school—but they can also be tattletales who steal a
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun Scholastic Book find at a book fair.
Luna doesn't like her cousins like she likes her best friend because her cousins are always getting her into trouble. She gets mad at one cousin and retaliates and then has her favorite thing taken away and has to learn to deal without it and one of her cousins starts going to her school at the same time.
There are great Spanish vocab words and growth in the characters.
Quick and easy read.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cute book. The story teaches the importance of family and accepting people with all of their flaws. Luna reminds me of Mathilda because of the pranks she plays and the way she feels about others. The general audience is younger, approximately fifth and sixth grade.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Please see my review on under C Wong. Thank you!
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book. I think kids can identify with it. I love how it acknowledges the struggle ELL kids go through with language. It discusses the fact that some people expect kids to speak a different language because of how they look. Luna does not know how to speak Spanish even though most of her family can and struggles learning it in school.
The author knows her audience--most likely, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders--quite well, and uses that knowledge to craft a story with a likeable but flawed protagonist. Fifth grader Luna Ramos loves her primas (cousins), she really does, but sometimes she feels overwhelmed by their larger-than-life personalities and drama. Because she is younger than the other girls, she doesn't feel that they take her seriously. But it's her cousin Claudia who really frustrates her. Claudia seems to know ever ...more
“When it comes to uniqueness, I have the bad-luck kind.”

It’s not easy living in a big family with a bunch of primas (cousins), especially when you are one of the youngest. Luna is disappointed, to say the least, that she wasn’t asked to be in the royal court for her prima’s Quinceanera, (birthday celebration.) Since Marisol is turning 15, there are 15 members of the royal court, all wearing beautiful purple dresses and getting official photos taken. The more Luna watches, the more annoyed she be
Maria Antonia
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Basic plot: When Luna plays a prank on her prima (cousin Claudia), she gets in big trouble. Not only does she have to face the consequences (of not being allowed to wear her favourite hats), but now Claudia is going to be attending school with Luna! Needless to say, Luna's not happy about it, but she gets some wise advice from her abuela (drink plenty of water, Luna ;) ) and that helps... a bit. But when the kids at school seem to be making fun of her prima, Luna decides that maybe she should st ...more
Mary Sanchez
Luna Ramos is called Lucky Luna but she doesn't think she's so lucky when she can't participate in her prima's (cousin's) quinceanera, while all the other cousins can, even tattle tell, Claudia. Luna takes matters into her own hands and locks Claudia in the bathroom at the celebration to get even with Claudia for a past deed.

Luna's punishment is that she can't wear any of her beloved hats for a month. While that doesn't seem harsh, it is to Luna because her hats hide her birthmark--a white stre
Whitney Knight Rorie
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
@kidlitexchange #partner 😍😍😍Luna Ramos is a fifth grader with lots of fifth-grade problems! Her classmates make fun of her hair, her prima Claudia tattles on her, her mom won’t let her get a rabbit, and she knows a little Spanish - which she says is worse than knowing none at all because people expect you to know everything! When she goes to her abuela for help with these problems, she tells her things like, “la sangre es más espesa que el agua.” Luna knows agua means water and sangre means bloo ...more
Middle grade contemporary realistic fiction. I selected this book because it features a Mexican-American family and discusses issues of family and language. Luna is a part of a huge family-- she has too many primas to count! (A prima is a female cousin, and the cousins do seem to be almost exclusively females, which struck me as odd). They all live nearby, so they have each other's backs, but also keep the wheels of gossip turning. I grew up in a neighborhood with many of my cousins and our gran ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Lucky Luna is a sweet book about family, friends, and trying to get along. Written by award-winning author Diana Lopez, the story incorporates Mexican culture and folklore into a modern-day middle school setting. Luna is a feisty and fun character who often struggles with the personalities of her large extended family. Readers will relate to Luna's feelings as she tries to navigate friendships, family relationships, and her classmates' teasi
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Luna is from a big Hispanic family. She has many “primas” (cousins) and many problems with them, too. They fight a lot. But the worst cousin, Claudia, is a know-it-all and a braggart. At the yearly quinceãnera, she locks Claudia in the restroom. As her punishment, Luna is not allowed to wear any of her beloved hats for a month. Not only does she love hats, but they also cover her “birthmark”, a white streak of hair. Needless to say, she will be teased about it when she returns to school. But, ev ...more
Abby Johnson
Luna has tons of primas - girl cousins - and she gets along with them for the most part... except for Claudia. Claudia is a tattle tale, she's always trying to tell Luna what to do, AND she got to be a dama at one of the primas' quinceañera and Luna didn't get to. But now, the worst has happened: Claudia is transferring to Luna's school. To her grade. To her CLASS. Luna tries to get along with everyone, but expecting her to get along with her bossy, tattling prima is just TOO MUCH.

This is a sol
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Luna has too many cousins to count and she doesn't get along with all of them, especially not Claudia, who seems to think she knows what is best for everyone. Gossip between this large and loving family provides many humorous moments. Talking to Luna's cousins is like playing a game of "telephone." Another funny highlight includes Luna's misinterpretation of Abuela's advice, since she does not speak Spanish as well as the rest of her family. As the story progresses, Luna navigates through jealou ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
diverse children's fiction (3rd-6th grade)
Mexican-American 5th grader (who incidentally has poliosis--a white streak in her hair) gets into trouble a lot, learns about friendship.

short chapters and a spunky, mischievous Luna make for an entertaining read for this age group. The 90s-esque look to the cover is unfortunate but at least it prominently features a child of color.
Mary Ann
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I live in a predominantly Mexican American population area in Deep South Texas so our students would be able to relate to the setting and the characters. That in itself is a plus. The story is also relatable to girls around 3rd-6th grade who struggle to fit in and deal with extended family issues. Easy read kids will enjoy.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Luna Ramos has a big family with tons of cousins, which sounds like fun until it’s time for a quinceañera and not every prima can be a dama at the celebration. Her prima, Claudia, gets to be a dama, though. Naturally, Luna locks her in the bathroom because…cousin reasons. Which gets Luna in trouble and Mom says “no hats for a month!”

Why such a severe punishment? Luna loves hats. Also the hats cover up her birthmark- a streak of white hair that the other kids make fun of. So she’s gonna have to d
Oct 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: middle school
179 pages. I read only one chapter/10 pages. It was boring. It is about a middle school girl with lots of drama. It is well-written for middle school but not really elementary age level of topic. I would skip this one for elementary kids.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Luna's been told that having so many cousins is a blessing. She thinks it's more like a curse. Especially her prima Claudia.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a pretty cool story that I enjoyed more than I thought I was going to.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile
The good: main character learns and grows. The bad: Drama and gossip. Ugh.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy Mathey
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet story with a focus on family and friendship...
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super cute book. My girls (10yrs) loved it. It has a super sweet message about family.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute upper elementary book about a girl and all her primas - the problems with gossip and not being able to speak Spanish while still trying to take your Abuela's advice.
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a cute book. :)
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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