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The Thing About Luck

Kadohata, Cynthia (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Thing About Luck


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Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.
Authors: Kadohata, Cynthia
Statement of Responsibility: Cynthia Kadohata ; illustrated by Julia Kuo
Title: The thing about luck
Publisher: New York :, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 269 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
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Report This Apr 02, 2014
  • JCLBarbaraL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a beautiful character study of a young, strong girl and a family of quirky, but loving characters. I enjoyed all of the details of what it is like to work on a farm, particularly for migrant farm workers.

Report This Jan 30, 2014
  • joywolf83 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I think us of the American culture won't understand this book. It seems written for an Asian girl. Which is beautiful. Story of a Japanese girl who helps her family. Gives insight into the Midwest with farming and combining. Not my personal favorite but it definitely has a niche audience that will appreciate her quiet voice.

Report This Jan 08, 2014
  • AlizontheAmazon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When I first started this book I didn't really like it and put it down many times before powering through, but I ended up getting to a point where I did like it. I have to say I'm not sure how many kids would read it and if they did how many could get through it and get a lot out of it. I think this book does have a lot to offer. I've described it to people as a quiet book. There are a lot of things going on from cultural customs, to Jaz's undiagnosed psychological problems, to the big issues about love and relationships. I think this book is worth the read, but you have to really try. I loved Summer's obsession with Mosquitos. I thought her connection with them after they almost kill her was a really fascinating and unique way to bring up death that you don't normally see in children's books.

Report This Dec 13, 2013
  • m2 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Well, I am not so good with "slice of life" books; I keep thinking, "so?". Nor would I call this the best middle grade fiction of the year. But there is something so pungently real about this girl and her autistic brother and her immigrant grandparents; that the final rite de passage is the driving of a combine at night is so unexpected and yet so strong! Recommended to all the girls who aren't the most beautiful or coolest in school, all those strong women looking for companions on the way to "courage". M

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