Tuesday, February 06, 2007

I finished the new Newbery winner this weekend. What a lovely, tender read!
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron is the story of a girl named Lucky who lives in the desert with her dog, HMS Beagle, and her guardian, her father's first wife, Brigette. Lucky's father never wanted children, and her mother died in a freak accident. She went outside after a desert storm and stepped on a downed electric wire. Lucky works part-time cleaning up after self-help groups. She spends some of that time eavesdropping on participants' stories. Like those stories she overhears, Lucky struggles to find her own Higher Power. I'll admit to crying at the end of this tale. I always love it when I agree with the Newbery committee. This book should be a hit with readers of all ages, and at under 150 pages, The Higher Power of Lucky is certain to please reluctant readers.