THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY, by Susan Patron
Interest Level: Middle/Upper Grades
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Audiobook Available in HS Library
This is the story of Lucky, who is left in the care of her father’s ex-wife Brigitte, (who moves from France to care for her) when her mother dies. She lives in a tiny town called Hard Pan, which has a population of 43, and is located in the California desert. Lucky eavesdrops on various 12-step meetings, such as Smokers Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous, where she learns the term “higher power.” Throughout the book she’s trying to find her own higher power, which she does find during a memorial ceremony for her mother—which is also when she realizes that Brigitte loves her and wants to adopt her. This is a wonderful story of love and acceptance.