Synopsis: Lucky is mostly happy in Hard Pan, California (population 43), with her guardian, Brigitte, and her beloved dog, HMS Beagle. But Lucky knows that the difference between a guardian and an actual mom is that a mom can't resign. So when she becomes convinced Brigitte is planning to return to France, what can Lucky do except run away from home, with HMS Beagle and the world's heaviest survival-kit backpack in tow?
But she hadn't counted on a dust storm, or a troublesome five-year-old turning up, minus one shoe, with a cholla burr stuck into his heel. And she hadn't counted on discovering the many different ways of defining "family." (from the back of the book)
Review: This is an exceptional book. Lucky is quirky, deep and facing hard and uncertain things with a mix of realism and dreams. I like discovering Hard Pan through her eyes. I like how the story wove around her discovery her "higher power" and what that means. The author uses interesting descriptions and phrases to describe Lucky's emotions and I found myself nodding in understanding more then once, saying "yes, that's is just how that feels."
In the end, I highly recommend this book.
Bookmarks: 8 of 10
Awards: Newberry Medal, 2007
Date Finished: 8-4-2011