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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (509 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Patron Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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On the eve of her eleventh birthday, Lucky wants to let loose and become intrepid; she's ready for life to change. But Hard Pan (population 43) drones on like it always has: Lincoln all tied up in knotty matters, Miles newly diagnosed as a genius but as needy as ever, Brigitte running her Café and trying to figure out what it means to be American.

Enter Paloma, tagging along on a visit to Hard Pan with a pack of hungry geologists. She's smart and pretty and fun -- definitely best-friend material. But will Lucky be able to cope with tomato worms, Short Sammy's mysterious box, the potential for disaster when Paloma's parents visit Hard Pan, and Lincoln's fame among knot tyers of the world?

Lucky's intrepidness is put to the test in this satisfying sequel to the Newbery Award-winning The Higher Power of Lucky. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 2/18/2014

    " need to read higher power of lucky first "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yapha | 2/16/2014

    " I liked this one better than the first book, The Higher Power of Lucky. Lucky is in that hard place, where your old friends and your new friends, who you were and who you want to be, don't quite match up. A satisfying story about friendships, and how they change as we do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/29/2014

    " Lcuky Breaks is just fine- but not nearly as good as The Higher Power of Lucky. The strength of this book is the characters- they are likeable enough to read this sequel, even though it isn't about much of anything. (I was amused to see that Patron managed to get the word "scrotum" in there again. Was this a deliberate nose thumbing at her critics?) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 12/25/2013

    " This book is mainly about Friendship and Luck.Theres some action, some mystery, and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 12/20/2013

    " I loved reuniting with the people of Hard Pan (population 43)!. I felt like I was meeting old friends in Lucky, Lincoln, and Miles (I would gladly adopt them all!). I have to say that I admire the fact that the controversy over the word "scrotum" in the Newbery Award winning Higher Power of Lucky didn't deter Patron from using it again (in its same context)in the least. In fact she used it twice! Not that I was counting! Yes, Susan Patron, you like Lucky are quite "intrepid"! You, go, girl! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dillon | 12/17/2013

    " This book is a continuation of Lucky's life and is set when she is about to turn 11. I enjoyed this about as much as I did The Higher Power of Lucky. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 12/13/2013

    " I enjoyed this book so much. Lucky Breaks taught me of how easily a friendship can be broken. In Lucky's situation, she doesn't want to let go of her friend even though she doesn't notice that she keeps pushing her friend away by always getting irritated with him. Also, she finds a new friend, a girl, who she always enjoys laughing with but sometimes overdoes it. I learned that there's such a thing called too much and too little in a friendship. You need to find the right amount of everything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Walter | 11/11/2013

    " In this thoroughly satisfying sequel to THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY, our heroine turns eleven, and begins to find her place in the universe along with Brigitte, her old friends Miles and Lincoln, and new friend Paloma. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 10/21/2013

    " Almost like a Clementine for the next age level. Very well written, one scary part. Basically a friendship story in a unique setting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 10/12/2013

    " It is an "advance reader's copy." I read this book because the young people were really excited about this book. They commented that this author writes interesting stories. I found the story to be "everyday" regular. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karla | 9/18/2013

    " I love, love, love this reader! and love revisiting Hard Pan and all its quirky residents. Lucky struggles with some new issues and some old ones. I love how the author lets her be eleven with all its wonder and warts. Looking forward to the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 9/11/2013

    " Patron has developed an enduring character in Lucky Trimble. I am looking forward to the third book in the Lucky/Hard Pan trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra Watson | 8/31/2013

    " Another good young kids book; reading the third book to see what the ending will bring! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 6/18/2013

    " Fun sequel to "The Higher Power of Lucky." Lucky is still just as creative, engaging, and likeable as she was in the prior book. I enjoyed reading this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/15/2013

    " Continuation of the series, Lucky learns the meaning of friendship , turns 11 and is still trying to figure out her lack of relationship with her absent father. Very well written books with interesting real characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlou Lunsford | 11/29/2012

    " I liked it better than the first one. I thought the writing was better, less gimmicks, and suited the age of the child likely to read this book. But it didn't make me as happy as, say, A Crooked Kind of Perfect. But I give her credit for her references to the first book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 7/4/2012

    " While not the delight the first one is, Patron still manages to really see inside the heart and mind of an 11 year old girl. The way that small gestures and acts become epic feels just right, and all her characters are drawn expertly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 2/22/2012

    " This was a really sweet story, and a fitting sequel to The Higher Power of Lucky. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 2/7/2012

    " A heartwarming book, that I found out near the end is in the middle of a trilogy. I didn't really need to read the first book though, the author explained mostly everything. I love the setting of Hard Pan, and the best friend topic. A little bit of a "girly" book, but I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 2/3/2012

    " Equally fun to read as her first, The Higher Power of Lucky "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 1/29/2012

    " Not as good as the first Lucky book, but still worth a read. It gets better in the middle and end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 1/18/2012

    " Good, but not of the same caliber as the Higher Power of Lucky, in my opinion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bethany | 11/23/2011

    " I've been trying to read this book for months. I just can't get into it, it's boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 11/5/2011

    " This follow up to "The Higher Power of Lucky" finds Lucky turning eleven, getting a new friend, adjusting her relationship with Lincoln, and learning more about life in Hard Pan. Good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 7/25/2011

    " I'm pretty sure I liked this one better than the first. (Though I can't say for sure!) I think what happens to Lucky in this one is very realistic and I connected with her this time around. Her thoughts were well done. I also forgot that there was a character named Lincoln!! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Bell | 6/16/2011

    " A very good and fun book. Not quite as heart-softening as The Higher Power of Lucky, but this sequel is very good and definitely worth reading. I can't wait to read the third book in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/4/2011

    " Just as good as "Higher Power of Lucky." Worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/24/2011

    " It was fun revisiting Hard Pan and all the colorful characters who live there. I didn't think this book was as good as the first one in the trilogy (The Higher Power of Lucky), but the last book in the series is coming out later this year and I'm looking forward to reading it too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karla | 1/10/2011

    " I love, love, love this reader! and love revisiting Hard Pan and all its quirky residents. Lucky struggles with some new issues and some old ones. I love how the author lets her be eleven with all its wonder and warts. Looking forward to the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/2/2011

    " Better than the first one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 12/22/2010

    " OK sequel, it's hard to break new ground when the first got the Newbery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 shannoncjeter | 12/7/2010

    " Not a great book to read out loud. Good ideas and characters, but many tedious tangents. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 10/16/2010

    " I did not like this second story of Lucky and the citizens of Hard Pan near as much as I did the first one. Lucky is not very likeable in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/7/2010

    " Pretty good follow-up to the first book. However, I found Lucky incredibly awful and annoying in this one. But I loved all the other characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 8/2/2010

    " While not the delight the first one is, Patron still manages to really see inside the heart and mind of an 11 year old girl. The way that small gestures and acts become epic feels just right, and all her characters are drawn expertly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 7/12/2010

    " Just like the first book in this series, the pacing of this novel is really slow. The characters are interesting, but nothing much happens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 6/18/2010

    " Not as good as the first Lucky book, but still worth a read. It gets better in the middle and end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annamaria | 6/15/2010

    " I loved the higher Power of Lucky but I liekd this one even more! Lucky is growing up. "

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About the Author
Author Susan PatronSusan Patron is the author of Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe (an ALA Notable Book, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a New York Public Library Children's Book List selection) and four picture books. She is currently the Juvenile Materials Collection Development Manager and the Los Angeles Public Library. She lives with her husband, Rene, in Los Angeles and in a small cabin in the high desert of the Eastern Sierras.
About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.