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Feeling Lucky? Paperback – August 6, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1451240771 ISBN-10: 1451240775

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: America Star Books (August 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451240775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451240771
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,360,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mihir Shah on April 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Daniel Blanchard's two decades of teaching and coaching teenagers is on full display in his empowering teen-leadership novel, Feeling Lucky? Providing the blueprint for a "peaceful, self-assured and confident" individual, Blanchard delves into the secrets of success, being lucky, weathering storms and visualizing the future.

Divided into seven chapters, Feeling Lucky? is a reservoir of practical advice designed to help teenagers face the challenges that they will encounter on the road to adulthood. The majority of the plot revolves around conversations between the main character--the frustrated teenager--and his estranged grandfather, fondly called "Granddaddy." Although he is an exceptional athlete--participating in three different sports--this teen is quite mediocre when it comes to academics, that is until certain interactions with Granddaddy bring about a marked improvement in his grades. The discouraged teen in this story feels as though he has been cheated by life, and interestingly, the brunt of his frustration is a byproduct of his father's "meanness" toward him and his brother.

Though Feeling Lucky? is essentially a self-help book, readers will be mesmerized by the powerful character of Granddaddy. One of the most fascinating concepts that Granddaddy preaches is the notion that everyone, throughout history, are old friends. More specifically, Granddaddy advises the teenager, "Remember, everything you want to know has already been written down by someone. All you have to do is venture out and find it." In other words, take charge of your life by consulting the wise men of the past--people like Mahatma Gandhi--who knew the secrets of success.

More than anything else, Feeling Lucky?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oggie on February 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Feeling Lucky" is about a struggling teen who lives in a violent and frustrating world. He is angry over the hand that life has dealt him. Suddenly, as if out of nowhere, his estranged and mysterious Granddaddy appears. On this one stormy and magical afternoon in the park, this former WWII fighter-pilot plants a seed that forever changes the way his grandson looks at family, relationships and success. The once angry boy departs finally understanding what it really means to feel lucky! Do you feel it? Will you do what it takes to succeed in this imperfect world? Will people be better or worse off because they met you?
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By LVine on January 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is such an inspiration for any young adult or teen. I have worked with and been involved with a lot of youth groups and young people and have seen the issues many teens have with things like self esteem, how to reach goals that seem out of reach, becoming their own person and not falling victim to peer pressure etc.. This type of book is exactly the sort of thing we like to see youth reading, a book of encouragement, positive life lessons, hope, success and learning from others. This is not entirely a "self-help" book (although it fits into that category), it is also a very well written and captivating story that is a fun read as well as educational. I highly recommend this book as just a nice read for the fun of it, as well as for any young person looking for something that they may relate to. Very good book!!
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By Prototype on January 22, 2012
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I had the author as a high school teacher so you might think I'm bias, but truth is this book was really inspirational and I couldn't put it down when I started reading it. Well done Mr. Blanchard, well done indeed!
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