Lucky Breaks (Lucky Trimble Series #2)

Lucky Breaks (Lucky Trimble Series #2)

by Susan Patron, Matt Phelan
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Lucky Breaks (Lucky Trimble Series #2) by Susan Patron, Matt Phelan

"Eleven is much more intrepid than only ten."

On the eve of her eleventh birthday, Lucky wants to let loose and become intrepid; she's ready for life to change. But Hard Pan (population 43) drones on like it always has: Lincoln all tied up in knotty matters, Miles newly diagnosed as a genius but as needy as ever, Brigitte running her Café and trying to figure out what it means to be American.

Enter Paloma, tagging along on a visit to Hard Pan with a pack of hungry geologists. She's smart and pretty and fun -- definitely best-friend material. But will Lucky be able to cope with tomato worms, Short Sammy's mysterious box, the potential for disaster when Paloma's parents visit Hard Pan, and Lincoln's fame among knot tyers of the world?

Lucky's intrepidness is put to the test in this satisfying sequel to the Newbery Award-winning The Higher Power of Lucky.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439163764
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 03/10/2009
Series: Lucky Trimble Series , #2
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Susan Patron specialized in Children's Services for 35 years at the Los Angeles Public Library before retiring in 2007, the same year her novel The Higher Power of Lucky was awarded the John Newbery Medal. As the library's Juvenile Materials Collection Development Manager, she trained and mentored children's librarians in 72 branches. Patron has served on many book award committees, including the Caldecott and Laura Ingalls Wilder Committees of the American Library Association. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Patron's previous books for children include the Billy Que trilogy of picture books; Dark Cloud Strong Breeze; and a chapter book, Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe. All earned starred reviews, and the latter was named an ALA Notable book. The Higher Power of Luck will be translated into twelve foreign languages and has been optioned for a motion picture. Married to a rare book restorer from the Champagne region of France, Susan is working on the final book in the "Lucky" trilogy.
Matt Phelan's black-and-white illustrations first appeared in The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney. His picture books include The New Girl...and Me and Two of a Kind, both written by Jacqui Robbins. Matt lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Lucky Breaks 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
LUCKY BREAKS is the second book in Susan Patron's THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY trilogy. It continues the story of Lucky, who lives in the middle of the desert in a tiny town called Hard Pan. Lucky is about to turn eleven, and she can hardly wait. She is sure that being eleven will cause her life to be much more exciting than being ten. After all, being eleven is at "the door of becoming a teenager." Not a whole lot has changed in Lucky's life. She still lives with Brigitte, her French adopted mother. She helps run the Hard Pan Cafe, which is open on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Business is good, and Lucky is proud that Brigitte has made it such a success. When she's not helping at the Cafe or busy at school, Lucky spends time with her two good friends, Lincoln and Miles. Lincoln, also eleven, is a world-class knot tier determined to win a knot competition that could earn him a chance to live and study in Europe for a year. Miles is about to turn six. He has been tested at school and told he has a genius IQ. With the help of Lucky and Lincoln, he is studying to be a brain surgeon. Together they make an interesting and unforgettable trio. Not much changes in Hard Pan, but one day Lucky meets a new friend. One of the guests at the Cafe is another eleven-year-old named Paloma. She turns up with her uncle, a geologist, and becomes fast friends with Lucky. Lucky can't believe what she has been missing. Having a girl as a best friend is much more satisfying than hanging around with two boys. Lucky continues to think of herself as self-sufficient and independent, but being so enthusiastic and adventurous almost turns out to be Lucky's downfall. She and Paloma venture into the desert on a mission that almost ends in tragedy. Her experience teaches her lessons about respecting danger and preserving friendships. Author Susan Patron won the 2007 John Newbery Medal for THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY, and this second book is surely medal-quality, as well. She keeps Lucky true to her original character and adds just the right combination of adventure and new intrigue to keep readers waiting anxiously for the final episode. I applaud Lucky's freshness and purity, and Patron's determination to include plot elements previously attacked by critics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book was really good and this one was even better!!! I give it a check+++
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LisasGeode More than 1 year ago
Lucky returns after her success in The Higher Power of Lucky, with her most appealing character traits. Her life in Hard Pan, CA, a miniscule settlement in the Mojave Desert, proves to be a rich and enjoyable locale for taking in her almost-eleven-year-old mind-set. She chooses Darwin as a role model, and sets about being intrepid without always being appropriately thoughtful about where this pursuit might lead. Her two local friends, contemporary knot-tyer Lincoln and gifted five year Miles are dear but hardly ideal friends in her mind. Hungering for a girlfriend, her wish is serendipitously granted with the arrival of Paloma with her uncle and other desert-studying scientists. The results of this meeting in Lucky’s acting mother’s diner, leads to further events, beginning with acting mother Brigitte’s need to persuade Paloma’s parents that it is safe for her in the desert. Lucky’s birthday is coming soon, and since Miles’ is the next day, a major birthday bash is in the planning. Go find out what happens with Lucky, Paloma, Lincoln and Miles. Enjoyable tidbits include Lucky’s quirky personality (curiosity glands????), Brigitte’s growing into motherhood and being an American, and the characters and their lives and living situations in that remote desert outpost. It’s worth recommending to a reader of Lucky’s age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book that is i love the book. Now its not the book it self that is good. Nope. Everything in that book is good. Books yay
michelle_hardy More than 1 year ago
i havent read it yet but i bet its very interesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why they felt the need to return to a depressing site, I will never know. The first book was bad ... this one is plain awful.