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3.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 5 3.38 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Patron Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lucky Trimble Series Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9780739339497
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Lucky, age ten, can’t wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the rock-bottom only choice she has.
It’s all Brigitte’s fault–for wanting to go back to France. Guardians are supposed
to stay put and look after girls in their care! Instead Lucky is sure that she’ll be abandoned to some orphanage in Los Angeles where her beloved dog, HMS Beagle, won’t be allowed. She’ll have to lose her friends Miles, who lives on cookies, and Lincoln, future U.S. president (maybe) and member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. Just as bad, she’ll have to give up eavesdropping on twelve-step anonymous programs where the interesting talk is all about Higher Powers. Lucky needs her own–and quick.
But she hadn’t planned on a dust storm.
Or needing to lug the world’s heaviest survival-kit backpack into the desert. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Patron [is] a master of light but sure characterization and closely observed detail. A small gem.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Listeners will especially appreciate Campbell's subtlety and smooth, comforting delivery in a heartbreaking scene in which 10-year-old Lucky recalls, with gentle support from her best friend, her deceased mother's memorial service. On the remainder of the recording, Campbell remains a welcoming guide to Lucky’s world.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of ALSC Notable Children's Recordings, 2008
  • Winner of Newbery Medal Winner, 2007

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 2/20/2014

    " Cute but predictable. Not sure why it's a Newbury Award winner, though. I did get a little choked up at the end, but that's just me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Destinee Sutton | 2/10/2014

    " In case you don't know, this is the book that won the Newbery medal and caused all the fuss over the word scrotum. Scrota (I had to look up the right plural) aside, it's a neat little book about a young girl looking for answers to life's tough questions, which is all the more interesting in her case because she has a nontraditional family and an obsession with 12 Step groups. (And Lucky is a really cute name for a kid, though it's kind of always been a dog's name in my book.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 2/7/2014

    " it was a beautiful, uncomplicated story, packed with truths about what it means to be human. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Major | 1/21/2014

    " Lucky Trimble is ten years old and lives with her guardian in Hard Pan, California. Lucky wants to discover her "higher power" so that she can escape her life. When she discovers that her guardian is going to leave her, she decides to run away. That is when she realizes the true value of her life and friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Tanner | 1/10/2014

    " I liked this spunky little character of Lucky, I just wish there wasn't some incredibly specific male anatomy right on the first page. For an elementary librarian, I'm hesitant to put this in the library even though it's such a great story. The reference to this anatomy is appropriate to the story, but it's not really a conversation I want to have with my fourth graders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 R | 1/8/2014

    " Sometimes I like books a lot better because of their illustrations. I wonder if this book is one of them. This is one of those quiet, quirky books that doesn't surprise anybody by winning the Newbery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 1/3/2014

    " Found this dull until about the last 20 pages, when it became more active and mildly engaging. Family scenario and town setting were far-fetched. Hard to understand how this won the Newberry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jambush | 1/3/2014

    " Quirky, slow-paced, and not completely satisfying. It could have used a little more character development. I don't regret reading it, but I didn't feel compelled to have my children read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittany | 11/22/2013

    " I don't know why this book won the Newbery. I just didn't think there was anything amazing about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davi Jang | 10/15/2013

    " This is a great book about the girls. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 10/5/2013

    " I enjoyed the book as an interesting commentary on children, forgotten but not forgotten. One of the more controversial Newberry award winners since it begins and ends talking about the word scrotum... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 9/19/2013

    " Read it along with my son and loved it. Lots of interest for adults too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Rasmussen | 8/24/2013

    " It made me cry. This is a must read. One of the best books I ever read!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monelle | 8/8/2013

    " This might qualify as Literature since it was clearly going for themes and symbols, but it was still a good read. Great characters, great setting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 NewFranklin School | 7/16/2013

    " It was great book with lots of problems. Lucky is girl who just wants some love and loves an adventure. This book is about Lucky finding her higher power and how to get a guardian to stay. All in all I thought this was great book that has emotion and excitement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Richard | 3/29/2013

    " Wanted to like it more than I did. I can see the stark beauty of the desert, but the "my-guardian-wants-to-give-me-back-to-foster-care" emotions just didn't flesh out for me. Nice windstorm, though. I always love a good weather pattern in a book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse | 1/13/2013

    " While the end was cute, I just couldn't buy into the premise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee Anne | 12/24/2012

    " A sweet and beautiful story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorena | 11/11/2012

    " Sweet story about a young girl and hope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison Acheson | 10/23/2012

    " It's a slim little volume, with a story that gently expands. I read it to myself, then aloud to my 11 yr old. I could read it again, and the magic would grow again. I pause throughout, stop at one phrase, then another--rich. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shadow | 10/21/2012

    " Ugh I did not like this book (although I did read it like five years ago) I think you would like it Keagie :) its something you might get interested in (but it's really short) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rory | 7/18/2012

    " blech. why did THIS win the most prestigious award in children's fiction? it doesn't do anything new, nothing very well, and is one of those books OBVIOUSLY written by a children's librarian. and AS a children's librarian, i make that statement with plenty of self-awareness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adoption Books | 7/15/2012

    " pretty good, has a foster care/adoption plot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mbwells | 11/29/2011

    " Twelve-step groupies will chuckle! Another book with an abandoned child as the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/20/2011

    " A bit slow at first if you're not into desert biomes. The controversial passage wasn't a big deal. I just might not read it to my 7-year-old. I liked the interesting and well-developed characters most. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 5/10/2011

    " I'm really surprised this won a Newberry Medal. The characters weren't rememberable or remarkable in any way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/5/2011

    " There was something about the precociousness of this book that I found annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 4/30/2011

    " Newberry Medal 2007 - A sweet, quick read about a girl looking for more in her life and is surprised to find out how many people love and depend on her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 4/18/2011

    " Lucky's fear of losing Bridget, the only adult in her life, causes her to seek her mysterious "Higher Power". Lucky's adventures in Hard Pan highlight the insecurities of a young girl and show that we all have weaknesses to overcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/6/2011

    " Cute book. I liked the themes that were in this book of love, belonging, family. The ending was great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 3/21/2011

    " This was an okay book. It was definitely an easy read, but not a favorite that I would re-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/11/2011

    " Amazing book that was quite cute and humorous. "

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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.