“Lucky Trimble lives with her guardian Brigitte in Hard Pan, California (pop. 43). She has a pretty good gig cleaning up after the various Anonymous meetings that meet at the Found Object Wind Chime Museum and Visitor Center (Alcoholics, Gamblers, Smokers, Overeaters). In addition to being one of the only paying jobs in town, it affords her the opportunity to listen to former addicts talking about how they found their Higher Power.
Lucky wants to find her Higher Power, too. She figures that, once she finds it, it won't matter so much that her mom is dead, her dad isn't around, and her guardian seems to want to abandon Lucky and go back to France. Like many a child Lucky decides to run away to make a better life for herself, but this somewhat overused device is made engrossing by Lucky's difficult and charming self. This book is an interesting one for Corlears students, introducing them to a place far removed from their urban environment.
After winning the Newbery award in 2006 this book was quickly removed or not ordered for libraries across the country. Parents and professionals objected to the use of the word "scrotum" in the first page (referring to a snake biting a dog), but some students who read this book are more curious about references to substance abuse, which can provide parents with an opportunity to discuss that subject with their children. ”
Kyle Lukoff wrote this review Thursday, November 15, 2012.