Who says I’m not lucky?
I was contemplating on what to blog about this week when I suddenly realized I had the answer in my hands all the while. I’m talking about the book I just finished reading. The Thing About Luck is a National Book Award winner written by Cynthia Kadohata, who is also a Newbery Medal winner. This middle-grade novel has diversity, a youthful crush, an intergenerational relationship, and moral dilemmas.
Summer, the main character in the story, is convinced that her family is stuck with bad luck. An unusual case of malaria, parents who must return to Japan to take care of relatives who are dying, worry about a mortgage that must be paid, a younger brother with challenges, and a harvest season spent with very traditional Japanese grandparents, are some of the difficult situations in which Summer finds herself. Through all this, Summer begins to understand her complicated relationship with her demanding grandmother, and she manages to find the strength she needs to help her family. Cynthia Kadohata has done a superb job of creating believable characters who are funny and endearing. Make this book your lucky pick!