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Just My Luck by [McGovern, Cammie]
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Length: 245 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From School Library Journal

Gr 4–6—Fourth-grader Benny is not having any luck. His father had an accident for which Benny blames himself. His best friend moved to Florida. And his brother George, who is autistic, can do tricks on his bicycle, while Benny is still having trouble starting and stopping. In her debut novel for middle grade readers, McGovern presents a heart-filled story of a likable boy who doesn't realize that his natural gifts are recognizable and valued by a supportive family and his teacher Mr. Norris. At school, a new program called C.A.R.E. rewards students who "do things that show our empathy and compassion." While the other students count their C.A.R.E. scores, Benny feels like his good deeds are invisible. At home, Benny's mother encourages him to find his passion, but he's not sure what that is. There are many moments that will ring true to middle grade readers: feeling anxious about friendships, wanting to be noticed, and trying to do the right thing. When Benny's father has to go back to the hospital, all of Benny's fears return, but, gradually, he is able to navigate his new circumstances, especially when he realizes that he and Mr. Norris share something very important. VERDICT Recommend this sensitive novel to fans of Lisa Graff's Absolutely Almost (Philomel, 2014) and Rob Buyea's Because of Mr. Terupt (Delacorte, 2010).—Shelley Sommer, Inly School, Scituate, MA

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I loved this portrait of a young boy struggling to find his role in a family determined not to be defined by their differences. Benny s brave story, told with wry humor, is inspirational. --Ann M. Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Rain Reign"

In narrator Benny, readers find a resilient and very observant 9-year-old who accepts those around him with their strengths and shortcomings alike. His story is insightful and inspirational. --Kirkus Reviews"

McGovern s thoughtful depiction of a family facing difficult situations without fracturing, coupled with a gentle message about not being too hard on oneself, will surely speak to middle schoolers with their own slate of worries. --Publishers Weekly"

A heart-filled story of a likable boy who doesn t realize that his natural gifts are recognizable and valued by a supportive family. There are many moments that will ring true to middle grade readers: feeling anxious about friendships, wanting to be noticed, and trying to do the right thing. --School Library Journal"

McGovern s observations about ordinary-seeming life and about the people around us, about small acts of kindness and healing and forgiveness, are perceptive and thought-provoking. --The Horn Book"

Benny s first-person narrative radiates with exactly the kind of compassion his mother recommends. Like many nine-year-olds, Benny can be guileless in one moment and wise beyond his years in another. Highly recommended for fans of realistic fiction by writers such as Ann M. Martin or Lisa Graff. --ALA Booklist"

McGovern writes convincingly about characters trying to figure out how best to live with the complications of a disability, both the person whom it most affects and also those around him or her. Benny s voice deserves to be read aloud in a classroom. --Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)"

Praise for SAY WHAT YOU WILL: This is a book to read, savor, and pass on and on until it has gone around the world twice. --Ron Koertge, author of Stoner & Spaz"

Exhilarating and heartrending.This novel is stunning. --ALA Booklist (starred review)"

Readers will be surprised, moved, amused, worried, hopeful, and grateful. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

McGovern s triumph is how well she normalizes and highlights the variety of disability experiences among teens and their often circuitous journeys toward claiming their voices and right to self-determination. Ultimately, a deeply engaging and rewarding story. --Kirkus Reviews"

What this book does best is move beyond the typical concerns and stigmas people with disabilities inevitably encounter to present an honest portrayal of the difficulties of growing up faced by these particular characters. --The Horn Book"

Cammie McGovern channels her knowledge and passion for specialneeds kids. Like the deservedly best-selling Wonder by R.J. Palacio required reading for every family this doesn t just get you talking, it gets you thinking, feeling and rejoicing. --Family Circle"

McGovern s books make readers think carefully about the themes presented. Her beautifully written novels feature people who are different in some way; developmentally delayed or suffering from cerebral palsy, obsessive compulsive disorder, or autism. Her stories make people who are different more accessible to all of us. --Examiner.com"

Product details

  • File Size: 691 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 23, 2016)
  • Publication Date: February 23, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00YMTZM8K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,287 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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