The Thing About Luck
Summer knows that kouun means “good luck” in Japanese, and this year her family has none of it. Just when she thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan—right before harvest season. Summer and her little brother, Jaz, are left in the care of their... show more
Summer knows that kouun means “good luck” in Japanese, and this year her family has none of it. Just when she thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan—right before harvest season. Summer and her little brother, Jaz, are left in the care of their grandparents, who come out of retirement in order to harvest wheat and help pay the bills.
The thing about Obaachan and Jiichan is that they are old-fashioned and demanding, and between helping Obaachan cook for the workers, covering for her when her back pain worsens, and worrying about her lonely little brother, Summer just barely has time to notice the attentions of their boss’s cute son. But notice she does, and what begins as a welcome distraction from the hard work soon turns into a mess of its own.
Having thoroughly disappointed her grandmother, Summer figures the bad luck must be finished—but then it gets worse. And when that happens, Summer has to figure out how to change it herself, even if it means further displeasing Obaachan. Because it might be the only way to save her family.
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Publish date: 4 czerwca 2012
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 270
Edition language: English
I think a lot of my kids will like this book - there are a lot of different ways that they could identify with the character. Being in the care of older relatives, working in farm country, having a quirky friendless sibling, and just being a kid. The writing was simple but the characters were vivi...
I'm trying to catch up on the various Newbery short list books before Midwinter at the end of the month, and this was the first read. It's a good one, too. The thing with the books this year is that for me there's no Ivan. There's no one book that has leaped up and grabbed me around the neck and h...
As luck would have it, Summer's parents were called away to Japan to take care of an ailing relative. Summer's grandparents are going to fill in for the parents to help pay the mortgage for the family. Summer and her brother accompany the grandparents as they take on jobs with a harvesting company. ...