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A Whole Lot of Lucky Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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Pink and purple are my favorite colors, but sometimes I like green.
I am a good skater, and fast too. In fact, I used to have my own custom skates with racing wheels--that's how fast I skate. When I thought I was a grown-up, I gave my skates away. That was a mistake. I could still use them.
Growing up in an Air Force family, I have lived in a lot of places, and I can tell you that the best place to be is in the woods or on the mountains. It is even better if your best friend is with you and you build a fort. My best friend and I built a pretty good fort once, but my sister and her best friend built a better one. It doesn't even bother me to say that.
At six-years-old, I published my own comic book series starring Peter Pan. He jumped into adventure, narrowly missing capture and certain death by his arch enemy, Captain Hook. Most pages featured a green stick figure sword-fighting with a red stick figure. Still, it was pretty good for a six-year-old.
I wrote a lot of stories in junior high, high school, and college, and my teachers seemed to like them. I liked it when they read my stories out loud and my classmates laughed in all the right places. There is nothing like that feeling.
If I wasn't a writer, I'd own a diner and call it Netti's. It would be small--you'd probably pass it if you drove by too fast--but my regulars would be loyal. "Try the sweet potato loaf," they'd tell each other. "It is to die for!"
If you want, you can call me Danette. Here's how you say it: d'NET or DihNET. Some people confuse this with "dinette," which is actually a table. (You can tell the difference because I do not have four legs and I am not a table.) If you forget, don't worry. People have called me Jeanette, Janet, Denise, Danita, Danielle, and Darnet. So even if you say it wrong, I will still turn around and smile and say "Hi," especially if you are holding a donut.
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Top Customer Reviews
A Whole Lot of Lucky is a novel I will happily recommend to my middle grade girls. Hailee is embarassed by her dad's job cleaning carpets and her mom's paper route. She loves her family which also includes her little sister, but they never seem to have enough money. It's hard for Hailee not to compare herself to her friend Amanda, who got a brand new bike -without it being Christmas or her birthday.
Then Hailee's life changes in the blink of an eye. Her parents win the lottery and suddenly she is attending a private school and people are anxious to be her friend. She is finally part of the popular crowd. Although it looks as though Hailee's life has become the picture perfect version she has alwasy dreamed of. Except that now she is embarassed by her friend Amanda. And she is so anxious to keep her popular friends that Hailee has a hard time using her best judgement and doing what she knows is right.
Hailee learns a few lessons in this book about friendship and being true to yourself. I loved the Florida setting and the fact that Hailee loves reading and refers to the various books she is immersed in.
A Whole Lot of Lucky is a perfect realistic fiction novel for the middle grade reader.
But soon enough Hailee's talked her parents into buying her a new bike and a smartphone, and she begins to fit in at Magnolia. She joins the Library Club with her neighbor Emily, who turns out to be cooler than she expected. Most of all, she wants to be liked by Nikki Simms, the bad girl who was nice to her on her first day at a new school.
A WHOLE LOT OF LUCKY covers familiar ground, including sibling rivalry, the costs of popularity, and bullying. Danette Haworth has an easy style that's very comfortable to read. And comfort is an excellent antidote to middle school. Like most kids that age, Hailee makes mistakes. But she learns from the consequences of her actions.
I liked her friends as well. Amanda, Emily, and Nikki might all be friends with Hailee, but they're very different girls and she relates to them in different ways. I enjoyed how tough friendship is in A WHOLE LOT OF LUCKY. It's a worthy pursuit, but it takes effort on both sides of the equation. The tribulations of socialization don't end as soon as you make friends.
Young girls (and possibly guys) will enjoy A WHOLE LOT OF LUCKY. It's a cute, relateable middle grade contemporary.
I particularly like this book because it differentiates kids whom are happy being middle class vs. kids who want to grow up spoiled. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good book it is kinda long with small words but it is do worth it
I loved this book!!!!! Read more
I liked this book because it's about a girl and she faces difficulties from going to a new school. She is really nice.Published on October 17, 2013 by giraffes rock
This was a fun read that kept me interested from the first page to the last! It has made be want to read more books by Haworth.Published on September 15, 2013 by abby1204
I am thrilled with the book. I love this book and will probably be reading it again tomorrow. Good book author!!!!Published on May 27, 2013 by L. H. Montgomery
This book was very interesting and filled with a lot of twists and turns. I rated this book a four, not a five because it was not a "page turner". Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by Roxiticus Des
This book is so satisfying. Hailee and her friends are realistic characters dealing with the challenges of middle school in a variety of ways. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Leslie Santamaria