The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron just may be my new favorite children’s book. Lucky is a great role model for 10-year-old girls; even though her mother is dead and her dad has abandoned her, she’s an empowered young woman that I really admire. She lives in the tiniest small town you’ve ever heard of, but she still manages to have fun collecting insect samples (à la her hero Darwin) and working at the Found Object Wind Chime Museum and Visitor Center.
One thing Patron did right was to keep the cast of characters to a manageable minimum. Lucky has a lovely French caretaker, Brigitte (Brih-zheet)–but she’s worried Brigitte will move back to France instead of adopting her. Her best friend Lincoln is an avid knot tier, which sounds boring, but is actually interesting. There’s also the pesky Miles, a younger boy who always wants a cookie and for someone to read him Are You My Mother?.
I listed to this book as an audiobook, read by Cassandra Campbell. She did an excellent job and really brought the (already excellent) story to life for me. I highly recommend the book, especially the audiobook!