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Summer of L.U.C.K.

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Stuttering Darby is never perfect enough for her mother. Justin's been silent since his dad died. Naz is struggling to learn English. But after they meet at summer camp, mysterious calliope music from an abandoned warehouse grants them power to communicate without words. When they sneak inside, the dark, empty space bursts into a magical carnival. They're greeted by the gh ...more
Hardcover, 267 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by INtense Publications
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“Far away, inside a seemingly abandoned warehouse near Michigan’s Camp Inch, a dusty carousel calliope creaked slowly back to life.”

Darby has a stutter and is under constant scrutiny from her mother because of it. Justin hasn’t spoken since his father’s death. Naz is just trying to adapt to his new life in the U.S. after moving from Morocco. After discovering the remnants of a haunted carnival near their summer camp, these three young heroes are brought together for the adventure of a lifetime.
Namrata Ganti
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer of L.U.C.K. is a wonderful story that focuses on three children and their problems. Darby speaks with a stutter and has a low self-esteem. Naz moves to America from Morocco and is trying to learn to speak English and mingle with children his age while dealing with missing his father. Justin is dealing with the loss of his father and his inability to voice his feelings or talk about his situation.

The three of them meet at summer camp, brought together by mysterious music that only the thre
J. Dorner
Apr 13, 2021 rated it liked it
In some ways, I enjoyed this book; but because of my own life experience, my enjoyment was depleted.

Three children (all who have trouble related to vocalization) become friends at summer camp, help a ghost to unify his broken family, and grow as people.
In the year 1999, three city kids are lured away from summer camp, multiple times, to an abandoned building in the woods that is filled with music, games, and candy.
(Same story. Same kids.)

The book is interesting within its genre because the od
Colette Sewall
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The summer of L.U.C.K is a sweet, lovely story about three middle-graders struggling to find their voices. One child stutters, one is learning English, and another remains silent from grief. Soon after the three meet at a summer camp, they all hear a musical call from an abandoned magical carnival. When the former owner (who happens to be a kindly ghost) asks for a favor, the three children must work together by facing their fears. Along with the children, a parallel story runs through the pages ...more
Kasey Giard
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had a lot of fun reading this book. I liked the summer camp elements and the fact that it's told from three different points of view. The characters' journeys were really cool-- they grew a lot through the book-- and I liked the whole mystery of the carnival and the family that used to run it.

I think readers who enjoyed Foreverland by Nicole Kear or The Girls of Firefly Cabin will like this one, too.

Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Frank Morelli
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully-written tale of challenge, loss, coming-of-age, and coming to grips with the tools one needs to move forward. Laura Stegman weaves all of this into a classic, middle grade mystery with twists and turns and enough clever magic to keep you turning those pages more quickly than you ever thought possible.
Jennie Englund
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“A summer almost too amazing to be true.”

Laura Segal Stegman’s middle-grade SUMMER OF L.U.C.K. spins like cotton candy across six weeks at Camp Inch, where Darby, Justin, and Naz find they have more in common than their voices. Like The Chronicles of Narnia, the three slip into a secret world—a carnival run by Mr. Leroy Usher.

“No one can hear us,” he says, which is true, as well, in the kids’ real world; each has a language barrier preventing them from being understood. Darby’s impediment, Just
M. K. French
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Darby stutters and can’t please her mother. Justin hasn’t spoken since his father died. Naz is struggling to learn English. The three children don’t believe in themselves and stumble across a magical carnival. The ghost of Leroy Usher is haunting it and needs their help to convince his family in restoring the carnival in its entirety. In return, he might be able to help them find their voices.

We meet the three children as they prepare to attend Camp Inch. Darby’s mother is highly critical and do
Dai Guerra
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Thoughts and Themes: I think that this book is great for middle grade readers ages 10+. The fantasy elements to this story were really great and I loved the message that it taught in the end. I think this is a great book for young readers to read on their own or for a parent to read with their child. I also liked that this is a story that adults could enjoy and find things to take away as well.

I really enjoyed that this story teaches kids to embrace themselves and their differences. I like that
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a lovely book! So well written, the narrative is great with very sweet moments that make you smile and teary eye all at once! Although this targets YA, this old-is adult enjoyed every minute and can't wait to learn what happens next with these three characters. We need a sequel! I think all of us could learn a lesson or two about friendship and communication from Darby, Naz and Justin. ...more
Thank you to #BookJunkies, @Laura Stegman, @maestraw for recommending Summer of L.U.C.K by debut author, Laura Segal Stegman. Oh did I love this book and I know middle grade students will absolutely enjoy Darby, Naz, and Justin as they become friends, allies, and sleuths at summer camp. The fantasy/magic elements were mesmerizing and sucked me in. It seems only Darby, Naz and Justin hear the music playing, they are transported in flying carnival rides, and best yet, they can send each other mind ...more
Cheryl Schuermann
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Laura Stegman’s Summer of L.U.C.K. is a fun, engaging story about two boys and a girl who meet at summer camp. The trio quickly discovers they can hear each other’s thoughts, as well as mysterious calliope music coming from an abandoned warehouse near the camp. They are drawn to the warehouse where they develop a sweet friendship with Leroy Usher, the previous owner of a carnival. The kids soon find out he is really a ghost who needs their help as he shares his magical carnival and his heart. Th ...more
Roslyn Muir
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Summer of LUCK is an unusual book as it tackles some big themes. The main characters all have a difficult background, and at first it inhibits their ability to trust and connect. But what unfolds is an enchanting story that pulled me back to the adventures of summer camp and the spooky stories around the campfire. I could just hear the calliope music as I read this engaging book. This book is well-written and has a lot of heart. I enjoyed the paranormal aspects and the friendships that were crea ...more
Jennifer Guyor Jowett
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
With hints of both magic and the mysterious, Laura Stegman weaves a story that brings the lives of Naz, Darby, and Justin together. With the help of a ghostly carnival owner and an abandoned warehouse, the three main characters realize their voices (one lost to grief, one to a stutter, and one to a struggle with a new language). Through their bravery and friendship, they overcome obstacles and bring people together.
Kristiana Y. Sfirlea
A sweet, uplifting story! I enjoyed the camp/carnival setting and the main characters. The diverse and non-cliquey friendships were wonderful as well. And of course I love that it takes place in my beloved Mitten, Michigan!

I'm glad I picked up this book. It's been a safe place to escape during some stressful health challenges. The themes of overcoming fears, having compassion, and thinking of others make Summer of L.U.C.K. a worthy read!
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet and magical middle grade novel about three kids who befriend each other at summer camp and discover a mysterious carnival. The story is engaging and the characters are wonderful. The book also explores important themes related to courage, self-acceptance, and friendship.
Stephenie Peterson
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sweet middle-grade story. Laura Segal Stegman does an amazing job making you immediately care about her characters in this fun summer camp story with a paranormal twist. I was so happy to hear that there's a sequel coming out. ...more
Hope Bolinger
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely flew through the pages of Summer of L.U.C.K. You cannot help but fall in love with the characters. Each has a beautiful arc that tackles the concept of bravery, and I absolutely love the themes of restoration and courage. I can't wait to see what else the author comes up with next! ...more
Alyssa Roat
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whimsical and full of heart. You’ll fall in love with all three main characters, each with their own quirks, talents, and obstacles to overcome in an unconventional way that may just involve a mysterious carnival.
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved so much about this book, from the multiple points of views, from diverse characters with varying communication challenges to the whimsical and magical story set within the perfect summer camp setting. I can't wait to share this story with, my girls. ...more
Loris Owen
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read the first chapter of this middle-grade fiction and was intrigued to find out more... three very different characters with different lives and a mysterious musical carousel miles away...
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s summer vacation, and Darby, Justin, and Naz are all headed for Michigan’s Camp Inch. What none of them realise if that they will soon become friends and share in a magical adventure to revive a carnival and find their voices.

A sweet and uplifting middle-grade novel from a debut author, Summer of L.U.C.K. features three children who all struggle to communicate due to stuttering, selective mutism, and English as an additional language. Their adventures encourage them to be brave and overcome
A.J. Vanderhorst
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sweet coming-of-age story featuring young protagonists who help each other face their pasts and move forward with courage. A creative fusion of carnival magic with a foresty, summer camp setting, highlighted by the genuine friendship the characters forge.
R.M. Clark
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The summer of L.U.C.K is a wonderful story about three youths, Darby, Justin, and Naz who meet at summer camp and soon discover that they all can hear mysterious music from an abandoned warehouse. There they meet the former owner of a magical carnival who needs their help to get to the afterlife. The three become friends along the way and learn valuable lessons about working together and facing their fears. Author Laura Segal Stegman's writing is witty and engaging and the characters are vivid a ...more
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Laura Segal Stegman is a Los Angeles-based arts publicist and author whose middle grade debut novel, Summer of L.U.C.K., was released in September 2020 by INtense Publications, and will be followed by a sequel in 2021. Having grown up in Southern California with parents who valued reading, she remains spellbound by kidlit. Some of her favorite middle grade novels, then and now, are The Diamond in ...more

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