There are tricky conversations within Lucky for Good , who is, ultimately for the good of everyone and everything. There have been many a juvenile fiction novel inviting the reader to a greater education of Charles Darwin and Evolution via their protagonists and plot. Much of this appears to be a response to the struggle in our Public Schools over the subject of Darwin. Regardless of how you as an adult feel on this subject, the point is that children are aware of the controversial topics and are forming opinions and are often wanting for conversation on the matters.
Ollie forms an opinion from one of the many popular beliefs on immigration and it is hurtful, and with regards to the situation: Children find exposure to different perspectives: Goodness knows they come up with thoughts all their own. Lucky just wants to practice talking about it and know how others feel on a given subject—especially her favorite: Bibliophiles will love the argument on And without subverting the spirit of all three Hard Pan books, Lucky for Good encourages curiosity, conversation, and critical thought—not only between characters, but with the Readers.
A message if there is one needs stating is: Creative solutions and hard-earned wisdom abound. She is not any more than most who create fear and uncertainty; not unlike the Health Inspector, not unlike the Father who abandoned his daughter, etc. Justine actually finds a place in Hard Pan; she is treated respectfully. I find it interesting that books that inherently encourage hearing another out and to live compassionately receives the least of those things—of course, I could be pleasantly surprised and find Lucky for Good safe from challenge, from various sources e. Miles, for obvious reasons, and Lucky because she views Miles as a brother and does not want him to leave Hard Pan and she certainly does not like to see him hurting.
Justine is just one new relationship finding a foothold in Lucky for Good: What Susan Patron does with the characterization and the relationships is magnificent. I was sad to see a change with this final installment. Wellborne that Hard Pan is a safe environment for her daughter. Old and new friendships are tested and celebrated as the girls embark on an adventure that turns dangerous and causes them to think about the meaning of trust and responsibility. Lucky is a little older and wiser in Lucky for Good , the final book in the trilogy.
She now has a mother to answer some of her questions, but there are just so many questions. Does her father really hate her? Is she really going to hell for being interested in Charles Darwin? Will the health department ruin everything fo see more. More Books from this Author. The Higher Power of Lucky. Related Websites Susan Patron Website.
The Death of Mrs. Westaway By Ruth Ware. Lying in Wait By Liz Nugent. The Outsider By Stephen King. And this means investigating her absent father's side of the family. That Lucky handles this with style and aplomb demonstrates how much she has grown up since the day she ran away two books ago.
In The Higher Power of Lucky, Lucky is still quite fragile and desperate for reassurance and in Lucky Breaks, she is trying to handle some powerful and not so positive emotions. Now, Lucky shows herself able to meet difficult situations head-on, with common sense and perspective.
It's clear that Lucky is going to weather adolescence just fine. Oh, it'll be rocky at times because like I said, Lucky is both fierce and tenacious , but her sense of humor and her intelligence will see her through. And Miles will be okay, too - because he's got a great friend in Lucky, plus a loving family in Justine and Mrs. Well, I'd definitely vote for him for president! Hmm, this seems not to have been a review so much as a catching up on some folks I love to visit when I'm in the area.
So, to wrap it up - this is a funny, thought-provoking, and touching finale to Lucky's trilogy. And I'm devastated that I won't be able to read about Hard Pan any more. Sep 07, Barbara rated it it was amazing. Susan Patron writes so beautifully that sometimes it takes your breath away. In this third book of the Lucky trilogy, she continues to give Lucky a voice that rings utterly true.
The children in it are mature beyond their years but are totally believable. They are also deeply affected by their unique community and its environs. Lucky's observations about life are descriptive and insightful in the most loving way. She grows up in this book in so many ways. Lincoln, Miles, Paloma, Brigitte, and th Susan Patron writes so beautifully that sometimes it takes your breath away.
Thank you once again for bringing them all back to life. Apr 07, Bekah rated it it was ok Shelves: The reason behind two stars is simply the story. This one delved a lot into the nature of God, religion, and what not.
Pretty deep stuff for an eleven year old to expound on. As Matt said while listening, "I've never heard an eleven year old talk like that".
Fun characters and I still enjoyed the book same reader as the previous- great reader but just didn't like the subplots as much. Plus, I'm not really into sculptures made out of findings in owl pellets Feb 06, Josiah rated it liked it. When a journey like the Hard Pan trilogy ends, after years of investment on the part of readers in the characters and the particulars of their lives, I think that the final book usually carries a bit more emotional weight than most stand-alone novels. In this case, I've been reading about Lucky for several years, faithfully obtaining a copy of each new book in the trilogy upon its publication, so for me this is more than just a nice, lovely story coming to a close.
Lucky's odyssey toward an un When a journey like the Hard Pan trilogy ends, after years of investment on the part of readers in the characters and the particulars of their lives, I think that the final book usually carries a bit more emotional weight than most stand-alone novels. Lucky's odyssey toward an understanding of the complexities of living a life that no one among us will ever be able to really control has become an important part of my own life. I clearly see in her my own struggles in coming to peace with living in an unpredictable world where even the most painstaking plans can go completely haywire in the blink of an eye.
People disappear from our lives all the time, as was the case with Lucky's mother; she accidentally stepped on a live wire outside of her home one day, and just like that she was gone. Lucky's never even had her father in her life; he was voluntarily missing in action from the very beginning, and were it not for his first wife, Brigitte, flying over from France to act as mother to a young girl she hardly knew and wasn't even related to, Lucky would have been a veritable orphan.
But things go wrong so quickly in life, and the sweetness of our moments right now as we live and breath can evaporate before we even finishing taking our next breath, and the house of cards that we're so sure will hold up for us just because we can't imagine it not doing so will always eventually collapse, at least partially.
And if we're not ready to pick up the cards and begin rebuilding, prepared at all times to start the rebuilding again because that's what happens in life, then how can we have the elasticity to flex in sync with a world in the midst of permanent change? We can't hold too dearly to what we have or the exact way we have it today, because someday it will be gone, and so the only way to remain happy is to move and change along with everything that we love. This is Lucky's world, and it's ours, too. Not as much happens in Lucky for Good as in the two previous books of the Hard Pan trilogy; the story takes up not too long after the end of Lucky Breaks , with Lucky's friend Lincoln preparing to travel overseas for a big convention of knot tyers in a few weeks.
Life around Hard Pan, California has actually been fairly good recently, until a government health man stops by to ask Brigitte a few questions about the French restaurant that she owns. As it turns out, having a restaurant hooked onto one's home is a violation of state health law, and Brigitte will have to find a new place for her restaurant or be put out of business.
Her third option, which is to move away from Hard Pan permanently, is too terrible for Lucky to even ponder. Her whole life is here, and all of her friends live in Hard Pan. To leave behind Lincoln, and Miles, and Short Sammy There's a lot that a close-knit town can do to work together and save a friend's business when its existence is jeopardized, though. But even as the residents of Hard Pan try to figure out how to hold on to the town's only ethnic restaurant and its beloved proprietor, Lucky is given a school assignment to make a family tree of the several most recent generations of her relatives, leading down to her.
This project, made harder for Lucky by the fact that she's not in touch with any family members, gives her cause to look deeper into the tree on her father's side of the family. There are still so many things that she wonders about him; how did a man who has chosen not to be involved at all in his daughter's life get two wonderful, caring ladies like Lucky's mother and Brigitte to fall in love with and marry him?
Is there something about Lucky that has kept him at a distance all these years, something that has made him not want to be a part of her life? Why, when Lucky lost her mother and needed a solid parent more than anything in the world, did her father send Brigitte instead of coming himself?
If there are answers to be found beyond the sketchy details she has been told so far, then it will likely be in her family tree that she finds them. So, undaunted by the lack of communication that she has received up until now from her father's side of the family, Lucky dives into her research head-on, hoping the resolutions that she has long sought will finally come her way. Lucky for Good is mostly about the dynamics of change in Lucky's life, though, as she moves toward junior high and the way that she views the world continue to evolve. It's not as if she's growing into something better than she was, or something worse; I think it's just that she is changing, just as the people around her and even the dynamics of the town of Hard Pan are changing, and though it may be frightening to be a part of our constantly shifting world and her own changes may not always synchronize comfortably with those of her friends and loved ones, it's the willingness to change that matters most.
Even her relationship with Lincoln is undergoing its own evolution; what has always been a steady, natural friendship may be progressing toward something more as both of them get older. They're comfortable with each other and that really counts for something, and even if Lucky can't guess what might possibly come next between them, she knows that her affection for Lincoln is real. And there's a lot of time for her to figure out exactly what that means.
If half-star ratings were available, I would rate Lucky for Good as a solid two-and-a-half. I considered for a long while whether that meant I wanted to round the rating up to three or down to two, but ultimately I had to go for three. Lucky for Good captures some of the same indescribable feelings of quiet awe at the complexities of life in our universe that so beautifully infuse the end of Lucky Breaks , capturing with words the scene of a girl and her friends on the cusp of adolescence, aware that they're moving out into a big, intimidating world together with no way of knowing what's coming or how they're going to react to it.
Their life is a story yet to be written, just like all of ours, and I believe that even if Susan Patron were to never write another book about Lucky, her story will continue on in the lives of all of us who have been profoundly impacted by her, and came to understand ourselves better because we loved Lucky and wished so hard for her to be happy.
No matter what, our affections will remain with Lucky for good. And, as time goes by, I believe that the Hard Pan trilogy will grow in consideration as one of the more indispensable contributions to contemporary American literature for young readers, an emotionally engaging journey of no easy answers that teaches us about ourselves with a profundity that belies the brevity of each individual book. I recommend The Higher Power of Lucky and its two sequels with the utmost fondness and respect, and I know that I'm not the only one to do so.
Sep 19, Patsy rated it really liked it. This is my favorite Lucky of the three, and that's probably because of the family history connection. Contention is resolved and a large part of Lucky's angst is relieved, at least in part, to family history discovery. Dec 26, April rated it it was amazing. This might be my favorite of the three Hard Pan books. I really loved it. It has adventure, science, poetry, Viking runes, view spoiler [ and lots of love hide spoiler ].
What more do you need? Aug 21, Monica Hocking rated it did not like it. Me stopped reading on page 22 cause me no can get a grasp of what was going on or where this story was going! Me was totally confused and frustrated! Guess this no for me. Mar 12, Debi rated it it was amazing. Aug 31, Katie Fitzgerald rated it really liked it Shelves: This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.
As the book begins, Lucky and her adoptive mom, Brigitte, learn that the cafe Brigitte runs is illegal because it's inside their residence. The people of Hard Pan come together, therefore, to find Brigitte a new location and to settle her into her new building. In the meantime, Miles's mother returns from prison with a new religious outlook that she tries to force u This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.
In the meantime, Miles's mother returns from prison with a new religious outlook that she tries to force upon her son, Lucky fights with the nephew of the health inspector who oversees the move of Brigitte's Cafe, and Lincoln prepares to say goodbye before his big trip to England. I'm sad to see this wonderful trilogy come to an end, but for the most part, I think it's been given a nice send-off.
At times, I felt like it tried to wrap up too much in too small a space, particularly regarding Lucky's father and his relatives, and I was somewhat put off by the romantic overtones starting to appear in Lucky and Lincoln's friendship. That said, though, the exploration of the relationship between religion and science was an interesting one, which made references back to Lucky's scientific interests in the first two books. I also liked seeing Lucky's journey come full circle, with her knowledge of twelve-step programs and higher powers coming back into the story at its conclusion.
My one disappointment was that Matt Phelan did not illustrate this volume.
While Erin Mcguire's illustrations are lovely - especially the one of Miles and his mother hugging during their reunion - I got used to Matt Phelan's style, and it was quite jarring to see another illustrator's interpretations of these characters I feel like I know so well.
This is a small quibble, however, and shouldn't detract from the overall success of the novel. This third book is not my favorite of the series, or the best one, but it made a satisfying and fitting ending to Lucky's story, and left me feeling optimistic about Lucky's future success. Mar 17, Steve Clark rated it really liked it Shelves: The story starts off with Lucky getting into trouble at school. She gets into a fight with a slightly older boy, and ends up punished with a school assignment where both she and the boy need to track down their family histories.
Now, I suppose there's a chance readers might be disappointed with the predi "Lucky for Good" wraps up her story in a still-winning fashion, but sometimes feels a bit like an effort to get it over with so the author can get on with something she really wants to work on. Now, I suppose there's a chance readers might be disappointed with the predictability if the two had wound up romantically linked, or at least, very close friends, so perhaps it should be a relief to discover that doesn't really happen.
I mean, they reconcile, and have some ongoing relationship, but he really fades from the focus of the book.
She DOES discover a pretty cool relative, but not a whole lot comes to fruition there, either. So what does the book have in its favor? Well, Lucky, and the quirky but believable characters of Hard Pan. The interactions between the members of the small community can still be touching. So while it doesn't quite make it to "amazing", I still did "really like it". A low key, pleasant read for days when you are up to enjoying a more realistic slice of life. Aug 31, Anastasia Tuckness rated it really liked it Shelves: Lucky is back, and she has some hard questions.
Like, why is Miles' mother Justine obsessed with the Bible?
Lucky for Good has ratings and reviews. Henry said: This was my second reading of the entire Lucky trilogy, and the second time around it was eve . Lucky for Good [Susan Patron, Erin McGuire] on domaine-solitude.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Will Lucky solve life's mysteries before she turns twelve?.
Does Miles have to give up his beliefs about dinosaur origins and primate hominids now that he's found Jesus? Did Charles Darwin go to heaven? Why doesn't her father want anything to do with her? Will junior high be full of bullies? Will Lincoln understand how much she will miss him when he goes to live with a master knot-tyer in England? What does Justine want to do with hundreds of owl p Lucky is back, and she has some hard questions. What does Justine want to do with hundreds of owl pellets? Will Lucky and Brigitte her adoptive mother have to leave Hard Pan because of Regulation Number , which states that one cannot cook for commercial purposes in a residential kitchen?
In this deeply satisfying conclusion to the Lucky trilogy, Patron weaves a story of Lucky and all the residents of Hard Pan we've come to know and love, plus a few new ones like Stu Burping the health inspecter and his nephew Ollie Martin the skateboarder. I would recommend this book and the other Lucky books to tween readers who enjoy realistic fiction that's not just fluff, readers who like a plucky female protagonist, and fans of books such as Caddie Woodlawn and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Sep 16, Kimberlee rated it liked it.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked this book, but preferred the first and second more, the first being my favorite. This third book was not formulaic as I felt the second was to the first.
However, this book introduced a new character to the Hard Pan town, population This character is a Christian, ex-con, recovering addict. I felt like the author through this character made Christianity look overly simplistic and unthinking. For example, this character did not want her child to read some books which might expose him t I liked this book, but preferred the first and second more, the first being my favorite.
For example, this character did not want her child to read some books which might expose him to other truths and belief systems. At the end of the book, the author mentioned an older character by her first name, Henrietta, and I had to re-read this section to figure out who this was.