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2011 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award Finalist, General Fiction

About the Author

Fleur Philips is an award-winning author who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Montana. Her first novel, I Am Lucky Bird, was selected as a General Fiction Finalist for the 2011 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews. Her current novel, Crumble, was named Young Adult Winner from the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival and was selected as a Young Adult Fiction Finalist by the 2013 International Book Awards. It was also awarded the Silver Medal in the Young Adult, Mature Issues category in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and was a YA Fiction Finalist in the 2013 Best Book Awards from USA Book News. She lives in Whitefish, Montana with her son. Connect with Fleur at fleurphilips.com. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: New Dawn Publishers Ltd (May 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908462043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908462046
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,416,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fleur Philips is an award-winning author who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Montana. Her first novel, I Am Lucky Bird, was selected as a General Fiction Finalist for the 2011 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews. Her current novel, Crumble, was named Young Adult Winner from the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival and was selected as a Young Adult Fiction Finalist by the 2013 International Book Awards. It was also awarded the Silver Medal in the Young Adult, Mature Issues category in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and was a YA Fiction Finalist in the 2013 Best Book Awards from USA Book News. She lives in Whitefish, Montana with her son. Connect with Fleur at www.fleurphilips.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on November 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book! Lucy was a character that you wanted to see come out on top, but the bad things just keep happening that stop you from getting there. This story was breathtaking, heartbreaking, and powerful! Child Abuse is a real issue in todays world. We have mothers killing their kids, Dad killing their entire families just because they have lost their job and they go nuts. The author has taken a difficult topic and created a wonderful stunning book! If you would like another like this try Rape Girl> see review at [...] ! It is another story about a difficult subject but is also a great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roxy Kade on November 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
What I thought was going to be a simple coming of age novel, quickly turned into a dark, macabre story filled with so much anguish and tragedy that it was difficult to tear my eyes away from the pages for even a second. Philips' writing flows off the pages making it such a pleasure to read. The story still haunts me in many ways and the images that filled my head while reading are not easy to forget. I think this novel would make a brilliant movie.

Lucky's life has never been easy. The only people she really knows are AnnMarie, her "mother" for all intents and purposes and her "grandmother", Marian, who is hardly ever around. Then there is Tom Cressfield - the minute he made an appearance in the story, my skin began to crawl because he has a strange creepiness that just screams, "Cannot be trusted!!".

Lucky's life takes a turn for the worse when AnnMarie mysteriously disappears, and Marian becomes abusive, making her life a living hell. Lucky takes refuge in the new friendship she forms with Rika, a new girl who not only understands Lucky, but accepts her without a question. Rika and Lucky's relationship develops into something much deeper and they share a strong bond of love and friendship, and I felt that Lucky held onto it with dear life because it was the closest thing to normal that she ever had.

Yet another tragic event befalls Lucky and it was at this point that I thought she should consider a name change, because she was anything but lucky. Marian's psychotic behaviour pushes her over the edge and Lucky makes what was probably the best decision of her life, she leaves. But she also very quickly realises that leaving does not mean that the past can be forgotten.
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By Lauren on January 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have to admit I didn't expect much going into this one. The cover didn't really scream "read me!". Plus the story line seemed like it could have been anywhere from horrifically bad to amazingly good. As it turned out, I shouldn't have had been worried about I Am Lucky Bird one bit. It turned out be an well written and emotionally fueled book, one that had me hooked from the first page to the very last, and even then, I was still dying for more Lucky Bird.

As far back as she can remember, Lucky Bird has always been told how lucky she was to have been saved from the dumpster of a restaurant as a young infant. In some ways, Lucky can agree with this. She loves the time she spends with Anne Marie, her adoptive mother of sorts. However, in other ways (such as her Anne Marie's mother Marian's loud complaints to the creepy guy who always seems to be there at the wrong time) she can beg to differ. Everything changes, though, when Ann Marie suddenly disappears into thin air one day. Lucky isn't sure what happened, but she's positive Marian had something to do with it. Her theory only becomes clearer when Marian begins to get even worse than usual. What will happen to Lucky Bird? Will she be able to save herself in the end, or has her journey of terror only just begun? Only time and more pages can tell in this intriguing and heartbreaking as well as heartwarming story of coincidence, love, loss, and starting over.

From the first page, Lucky Bird's voice instantly pulled on my heart strings. She was such a sweet girl with lots of good intentions, even with the horrible circumstances she had been given. I enjoyed seeing her prescriptive of things as well as seeing how she developed as the story progressed.
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By gayle pace on December 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Baby found behind local bar, adopted by hard living Marian Bird and her daughter, Emma Marie.

Lucky isn't so lucky. She has to defend herself from her adoptive mother's abuse. Then a boyfriend came into the picture. He was defintely not a positive person in Lucky's life. When Emma just up and disappeared, things got even worse. You probably wonder how that might be possible? Murphy's Law, "If anything bad can happen, it will".

Lucky defies everything and leaves the horrors of her past only to confront more. I feel a lot of Lucky's problems may be caused by her poor choices.

The book is rather hard to read because of the abuse. The author relates exactly what is happening in the real world. Lucky endures this abuse at such an early age. The years that are so impressionable and when you learn a lot of life's lessons.

Just when it's time for Lucky to call it quits, Prince Charming enters. A new journey begins. I won't tell you any more about the book. Don't want to give it away because it is too good a book for you not to read.

This book will definitely pull at your heart strings. It's worth reading more than once, even though it has a lot of sadness in it. But reality can be sad. The book has some characters that were well described. It covers child abuse which is a hard topic to read about and I'm sure, to write about. They say, "Everything happens for a reason". but sometimes you can't find that reason. The words flow very nicely, which makes the book easy to read. The book was full of realistic people. You could take the characters out of their setting and place them in ours and they would fit right in.

The story tears at your heart strings. You want so much for Lucky to finally be happy.
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