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Lucky Breaks by Susan Patron
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Jan 22, 2010

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Sequel to The Higher Power of Lucky. For grades 3-6. Patron has a great sense of the emotions that are part of growing up, and includes those kind of details in her writing. I think the first book in the series is stronger. I felt like this plot sometimes dragged along. (Perhaps since it is the second book in a trilogy, like Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.) I also thought the author used a lot of details from our now-lives (ie: google, etc.) - words that will quickly date the story, which makes me sad, because some of the emotional pieces of the story would ring true over generations. The moving in and out of friendships that Patron reveals in her story ring quite true, and the ending is really well done. But the pace seems like it will hold some readers back. Phelan's sketches are exactly the kind of thing I loved as a child. I was always so disappointed the chapter books stopped having pictures.

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