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Gr 6 Up—In this final book in the series, Callie's 16th birthday is marked by warring fairy kingdoms fighting for control of her magical gift: the ability to open gates between worlds. Set during the Great Depression, the fast-paced action takes readers from Los Angeles to Chicago to the very heart of the fairy world. Callie is the biracial daughter of a fairy prince and a devoted human mother, and in Chicago, she meets the "Halfers," beings neither human nor fairy. With her characteristic kindness and sense of justice, Callie befriends the shunned Halfers and realizes that her choice of allegiance is not just between the fairy and the human worlds. The ingenious, sensitive description of the Halfers, who live in magical shanty town for exiles, is particularly affecting, with a paper bag girl and a rat-faced boy. The setting, premise, genre-blending, and themes of race and acceptance sound like the makings for an overcrowded book, but Zettel pulls it off. Her strong characterizations, historical detail, and carefully constructed fantastic elements create a high-energy literary fusion that fans will devour.—Martha Baden, Prescott Public Library, AZ

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The conclusion to Zettel’s Depression era American Fairy trilogy begins where Golden Girl (2013) left off, with Callie in California with her family reunited and Jack at her side. Quickly though, the group skips town, landing in Chicago, where Callie discovers that the fairy world is still warring and her powers pose difficulties for everyone around her. The narrative moves rapidly from one action-packed episode to another. Callie’s belief that bad luck is following her seems borne out by the ceaseless string of problems. Descriptive passages and a charming old-timey feel to the dialogue clearly situates the book in a historical fiction context; woven in, however, are otherworldly elements and characters, many named so as to give nods to Chicago landmarks. Notable in this series is the eerie atmosphere and Callie’s ceaseless desire to make things right, especially when she has caused harm. Grades 7-10. --Heather Booth
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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 0720 (What's this?)
  • Series: The American Fairy Trilogy (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375869409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375869402
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Ward on June 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
'Bad Luck Girl' is the third and final book in the American Fairy Trilogy. The book continues to follow our main character - Callie - as she tries to get her life back to normal after rescuing her parents. The quiet doesn't last long before Callie is caught up in a war between two fairy kingdoms - the Midnight Throne and the Sunlit kingdoms. During the fight, Callie's world is turned upside down when she learns that fairies aren't the only fantastical creatures on earth. There are also Halfers - creatures who are half fairy and half other - who are misfits with big attitudes and odd magic. Callie knows that she's supposed to be the child of the prophecy, but she's beginning to doubt everyone and everything around her - especially herself. When the fairies dub Callie the "Bad Luck Girl," she's starts to believe it's true. Will she be able to call upon her strength and magic to save everyone she loves and must protect - including the Halfers - or will she let everyone down?

This is a completely unique blend of several genres that combine to create a magnificent story with complex characters and serious situations. The author does a fantastic job of mixing fantasy with historical fiction, romance, action, and adventure throughout the book and the series. On top of spanning several genres, the books also touch on serious topics like race, self confidence, and love. All of these things come together to make a incredibly magical trilogy that will leave readers entranced from the first page. I loved Callie as the main character. She's strong, smart, devoted to her family and her people - but we see that she has her faults too - like doubting herself and having issues with confidence. She's a very realistic character and I found myself rooting for her from the beginning.
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By Angie on November 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Bad Luck Girl was a disappointing, confusing, and at times, annoying finale to a pretty good series. It picks up immediately where Golden Girl left off. Callie and her family need to get out of town and fast, and the only way to do that is by train. Not exactly the best form of transportation for fairies, but at least they'd be safe from others. Unfortunately, Callie screws things up (again) and plans must change as the war is coming for them wherever they go now that they've been spotted. Of course, in the end good trumps evil, but there's a whole lot of crazy to get to that point, and I didn't really follow it all. Or care much after Callie screws things up yet again!

Bad Luck Girl does introduce another group of fae, which I found very interesting. They call themselves Halfers, but other fairies like Callie's father call them the Undone, since they're not pretty. I don't want to give anything about them away, if you plan on continuing the series, but I will say they were my favorite part, even if I don't think they added anything to the overall plot. They were just interesting and conveniently helpful to Callie and her mission.

I did get really annoyed with Bad Luck Girl once Callie fell for another trap. For some reason she just can't get it through her head to trust her instincts rather than the pull of magic. She's always convinced that it's her own magic leading her somewhere, but it never is! Stop it! She should know by now that magic cannot be trusted, and she knows she doesn't have a great handle on hers in the first place. It was just frustrating. Then there was a twist that wasn't really a twist, because it untwisted itself like I knew it would.
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Format: Hardcover
"Once upon a time, there was a girl named Callie LeRoux. She left her home in the Dust Bowl and traveled across three different worlds to free her parents from the evil king. Along the way she found her worst enemy, her best friend, and her own name."

Callie has been through a lot since leaving behind the Dust Bowl in Slow Run, Kansas and traveling across the country to Los Angeles to rescue her parents from the Seelie King. Fast-talking and quick-thinking Jack Holland has been beside Callie since the beginning because that's what best friends do.

Now that Callie's parents are free, it feels like there should be some kind of happy ending. Or at least a rest. But the Seelie King is still spitting mad. Both the Seelie and the Unseelie courts want to find Callie. They hope to use her to manipulate the prophecy that Callie will close the gates between the worlds in their favor.

Callie wants nothing to do with any of the Seelies or her Unseelie relatives. After a whole lifetime not knowing him, Callie isn't even sure she wants anything to do with her fairy Papa. She's even less sure how to go back to being her Mama's daughter when so much has happened since she left Kansas.

But none of them have time to think about that. Callie's bad luck is already a known thing and it is none too helpful as Callie, Jack and her parents try to get away from the fairies chasing them.

As word of Callie's bad luck and her connection to the prophecy spread, Callie realizes there is never going to be a happy ending or any kind of peace. Not if Callie doesn't take a stand in Bad Luck Girl (2014) by Sarah Zettel.

Bad Luck Girl is the conclusion of Zettel's American Fairy Trilogy which started with Dust Girl and Golden Girl.
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