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Download ePub ☆ The Higher Power of Lucky ò 144 pages ë johnscyclingdiary ã ➻ [Reading] ➽ The Higher Power of Lucky By Susan Patron ➰ – Believing that her French guardian is about to abandon her to an orphanage in the city ten year Lives on cookies and Lincoln future US president maybe and member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers Just as bad she'll have to give up eavesdropping on twelve step anonymous programs where the interesting talk is all about Higher Powers Lucky needs her own and uick But she hadn't planned on a dust storm Or needing to lug the world's heaviest survival kit backpack into the desert My elder daughter and I went to a book reading by Susan Patron this evening which inspired me to finally write a review of The Higher Power of Lucky This was frankly one of the most inspiring children's books that I've read in years How often is it that authors tackle life death addiction and meanness without tottering over into Monday Night Movie territory? Patron handles these topics with class and style or as her character Brigitte might say panacheLucky is 10 years old and lives in Hard PanCA Pop43 among the champion misfits of the state As she eavesdrops on the various 12 step meetings that occur at the Wind Chime Museum she ponders what her higher power might be Once her guardian the super stylish and French Brigitte looks like she might leave Hard Pan Lucky hits rock bottom and must find that higher power to carry on Strong stuff excellently told My remarkable then five year old and I read this together It gave us a lot to talk about and some things to cry about And yes she asked what a scrotum was

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Unning away from Hard Pan California population 43 the rock bottom only choice she has It's all Brigitte's fault for wanting to go back to France Guardians are supposed to stay put and look after girls in their care Instead Lucky is sure that she'll be abandoned to some orphanage in Los Angeles where her beloved dog HMS Beagle won't be allowed She'll have to lose her friends Miles who I’m not sure what can be said about this that hasn’t already been said—it’s a good book a very pretty book somewhat atmospheric in its way But there’s not a lot of action It’s another in the Newbery committee’s standards a book with a strong character who has some internal conflict but not a whole lot happens externally In this particular case I think it worked better than say Criss Cross because THPOL really is about being in a town that’s perfectly happy with the status uo The big conflict comes when 10 year old Lucky finds evidence that her guardian Brigitte—who came all the way from France to take care of her—wants to move back to her home country probably without Lucky The conflict is resolved in pretty much the way I’d expected but it was still very sweet and comfortingThat’s the main word I think I’d use for it actually—comforting It’s a story of a girl who lives a uiet life surrounded by people she loves and who loves her Reading this book leaves you with the feeling that you’ve been sitting on the couch with a loved one—it’s not uite a hug but still a very comfortable proximity if that makes any sense It wouldn’t have been my choice for the Newbery I’ve ranted on this in earlier years; I find it very sad that books like Ramona stand no chance at all these days but I can appreciate that they did finally choose a middle grade book instead of the teen friendly novels they’ve been picking

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The Higher Power of LuckyBelieving that her French guardian is about to abandon her to an orphanage in the city ten year old Lucky runs away from her small town with her beloved dog by her side in order to trek across the Mojave Desert in this Newbery Medal–winning novel from Susan PatronLucky age ten can't wait another day The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of uestions in her brain make r This sleeper book is one of the most innovative honest and compassionate pieces of children's literature that I have read in a long timeThrough the endearing character of Lucky the intelligent insightful resourceful and resilient ten year old girl who became the foster child of her absentee father's French ex wife after the death of her mother we are given a child's eye view of a number of complex social issues in the well named desert community of Hard Pan CA all handled with sensitivity and the gentle unselfconscious honesty that is natural to childrenRead it out loud to your family if you enjoy the sterling ring of emotional truth This book will build the self esteem of anyone who reads it especially children due to it's sheer human heartedness It is only the most deluded and amnesiac adult who believes that children don't know that life is really this complicated When we stop pretending it isn't we make ourselves truly emotionally available to children and allow them to trust us and use us as an honest gauge for measuring their own emotional truth We become real grown ups for them at lastOnce you get to know Lucky you'll never forget herBeautiful Your heart will stand up and cheer This book is uite an achievement and I hope to see much from this author very soonJust a note this would be an excellent book for any child but would be particularly valuable for children whose lives include issues of poverty death of a parent foster care adoption or adults recovering from substance abuse and to help children whose lives don't include these things to understand them in a compassionate way at a level approprriate for children Adults themselves might find it very valuable alsoAs far as controversy over the author's very appropriate use of the word scrotum I believe that American's should be embarrassed that the puritanical neurosis about identifying body parts with accurate scientific language has lived this long in our culture Why should we continue to teach children that their bodies are bad by attempting to euphemize perfectly good body parts out of existence?I know grown women who still talk about the vulva or vagina as down there or 'wee wee for goodness sake I'd rather any child of mine know the real names of body parts and have that pride of ownership that leads to a sense of self care than to shame them about what is perfectly natural by treating it's legitimate name like a dirty wordPeople really need to get their minds out of the gutter and their vocabulary out of the 19th centuryEssentially we end up a nation of people who only know what amounts to slang terms for important body partsNo wonder we are as a nation a people who are obsessed with sex frustrated in our needs can't stand therapeutic touch and can't talk intelligently about our own bodies even as adultsIt is a developmental norm for children to think and talk about their own and others body parts in what we might consider a somewhat grahic way if an adult was speaking They are just beginning to understand who they are emotionally and physically It's mistake to derail that natural process Instead we should support it by giving them a valid and validating vocabulary The writer speaks from a deep understanding of children's needs experiences and psychological development and from an extensive background in Children's Literature This work helps to fill a gaping void It brings the life experiences of a large number of children into the warm sunlight of compassion in Children's LiteratureWhen children find themselves and their real lives in books like this they will be far likely to make books a regular part of their lives