Lucky Breaks, by Susan Patron

Lucky Breaks is the second book in the trilogy that started with Patron’s 2007 Newbery Award winning book, The Higher Power of Lucky. Lucky is nearing her 11th birthday. She lives in the tiny town of Hard Pan (pop. 43) in the California desert. She helps her adopted mother Brigitte at her outdoor French cafe and hangs out with her 6 year old genius friend Miles and her 11 year old friend Lincoln who has a passion for learning to use every knot in the world.

A group of geologists visit the area for the weekend and Lucky makes friends with Paloma, the niece of one of the scientists. She is so excited to have a girl friend her own age. The problem is that Paloma lives hours away in Los Angeles and her mother is super-protective. Can Brigitte convince Paloma’s mom to let her come again for a sleepover the weekend of Lucky’s birthday?

Lucky takes Paloma on an intrepid adventure into the desert. Paloma needs to draw on skills and bravery she didn’t know she possessed. Lucky has been mad at her friend Lincoln because he has been obsessed with a knotting project and not paying as much attention to her as she would like, but he comes through in the clutch in a big way.

The story deals with the insecurities of a young girl, her emotional ups and downs, friendships, slights, rebellion against rules and reason, and all the other turmoil that comes with being almost eleven years old.

I am looking forward to the third book in the trilogy, Lucky for Good!




About KLevenson

I am Teacher Librarian at Piedmont High School in the San Francisco East Bay. I am a part time reference Librarian I for the San Francisco Public Library. I have a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from San Jose State and a Teacher Librarian credential in addition to my teaching credential in Science. My first MA was from Harvard in Archaeology. My students teach me something new every time I am with them!
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