Title: The Higher Power of Lucky
Author: Susan Patron
Illustrator: Matt Phelan
This book is significantly more heartbreaking to read as an adult than it would be as a child. Lucky’s fears are those of a ten-year-old – an orphan in uncertain circumstances, but a child nonetheless. To an adult, her clear poverty, abandonment, and other hard times are well-written and therefore hard to read. I recommend this book, but with caution for some children, because losing one’s parents is one of the largest fears out there. On the other hand, the life of her tiny town and the beauty of the desert around her is woven with care and gentleness.