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Susan Patron

Autor de El poder superior de Lucky

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Susan Patron was born in Los Angeles, California in 1948. She worked as a children's services librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library for 35 years and is an acclaimed author of children's books, having won the Newbery Award for The Higher Power of Lucky in 2007. Patron has served on numerous mostrar más book award committees, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and reviews children's literature. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


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I remember liking this when I was younger (perhaps because I had an unhealthy interest in ghosts and scary things...). Now, this story simply seems unnecessarily harsh and inexplicably not like most historical fiction novels. I'm sure other people have already mentioned this, but the creepy ghost girl was not necessary in the story and simply serves to make everything else seem rather unrealistic.

Either way, I think everyone who has read this book can agree that Behind the Masks is the strangest (by far) of the Dear America series. I myself wouldn't recommend this book anymore, but it's worth a try if you're set on reading it. :) Still, the other Dear America books are certainly worth reading.

Content warnings: Mentions of brothels, gun fights, mining accidents, dead bodies, "curves" on a woman, blood and bleeding, drowning, and the 601 vigilantes. In one scene, a tiny ghost girl is seen drowning in a puddle. Even though this serves as a plot point, the scene may be quite disturbing to younger readers. I will elaborate more on this later.

Full review to come.
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BooksbyStarlight | 5 reseñas más. | Oct 25, 2022 |
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron reminds me (in all the best ways) of the Ramona books I loved as a kid.

Lucky is smart, observant, and quirky, and it's fun to see her navigate her world. That world has its issues (deep poverty and absent parents among them). But it's also a world full of love and hope.

If you like realistic middle grades, and you haven't read this one yet, I strongly recommend it.
RayLynneSH | 171 reseñas más. | Jul 13, 2022 |
It's easy to see why The Higher Power of Lucky won the Newbery Medal, but not so easy to see why such a fuss was made when it came out over the author's use of the word scrotum. Seriously? Oh well. Lucky's story does touch on some heavy subjects (addiction and 12-step meetings, death, jail, poverty) that parents of ambitious younger readers might want to be aware of, but Patron tackles them with a tender, discerning eye, and the book's beautiful illustrations further soften their impact. I suspect this is one that resonates differently with children and adults too. Personally, I cried my eyes out (happy/bittersweet tears) over one scene towards the end, but a child might have a different reaction. Lucky, Lincoln, and Miles are wonderful characters, and Patron paints the adults of Hard Pan, California with a colorful brush too. Good stuff here all around!… (más)
CaitlinMcC | 171 reseñas más. | Jul 11, 2021 |
This book is about a girl named Lucky, whose mother died and her father didn't want her so he called his ex from France to take care of her. She overhears AA meetings talking about a higher power and that's exactly what she wants. She gets scared because the woman taking care of her has packing things out and she thinks she is going to leave her. This would be a good book for older students struggling with their place in the world.
RobinLafferty | 171 reseñas más. | Nov 18, 2020 |



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