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The Higher Power of Lucky    by Susan Patron & Matt Phelan order for
Higher Power of Lucky
by Susan Patron
Order:  USA  Can
Atheneum, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Ten-year-old Lucky lives in the high desert town of Hard Pan with her guardian Brigitte. With a population of 43, no one in Hard Pan is well off and everyone receives government surplus groceries. Housing ranges from trailers to a the water tank that Short Sammy calls home.

Two years ago when Lucky's mother died, Brigitte, her dad's first wife, came from France to take care of her until a foster home could be found. Lucky's dad never wanted children so Lucky hopes that Brigitte will come to love her enough to stay in California and take care of her forever.

When it looks like Brigitte is about to go back to France, Lucky stages a runaway during a dust storm. Fortunately Lucky takes her trusty dog, HMS Beagle, and her survival kit along with her, because the dust storm becomes serious.

Lucky will find a place in readers' hearts in spite of her meanness gland that makes her do hateful things even when she knows better. Matt Phelan's clever black and white illustrations add spice to an already witty story.

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