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Lucky T Hardcover – June 21, 2005

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Grade 8 Up–A fairy tale set in India, this sweet yet predictable book ends happily ever after. Carrie, a talented, beautiful, selfish, yet likable teenager, is in Calcutta trying to track down her lucky T-shirt that was accidentally sent to a shelter there. This shirt is one of the few connections she has with her often-absent, divorced father. She makes the trip on the premise that she wants to build housing for the less fortunate, but definitely puts her search for her shirt first. She meets Dee, a gorgeous volunteer at an orphanage, and goes to work there, again for the wrong reasons. Dee and Carrie find themselves in an up-and-down relationship as she struggles with her materialism and his self-righteousness. Carrie grows to love the children and realizes how fortunate she is to have family, friends, and material things. Although the message is strong, the character development is somewhat lacking. Still, this is an enjoyable read in which the girl gets the guy, reconciles with her best friend, and learns what really matters most in her life. Fans of Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries series will enjoy it.–Julie Webb, Shelby County High School, Shelbyville, KY
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About the Author

Kate Brian is the author of the NY Times and USA Today best-selling Private series and it's spin-off series, Privilege. She has also written many other books for teens including Sweet 16 and Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (June 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689873514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689873515
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,701,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Carrie's lucky T is her most prized possesion. Given to her by her father, who she has rarely seen after her parents' divorce, she insists that her luck is all because of the T. Then, when Carrie's mother gives the t-shirt to Help India, Carrie's luck runs out. Everything goes horribly wrong because of, according to Carrie, the T's disappearance. She decides that she simply has to go to India to get the t-shirt back. Carrie claims that she wants to help her mother's friend build houses for the homeless in India, and soon finds herself on board a plane headed there.

While in India, Carrie works at a homeless shelter for children, finds new friends--and even summer romance--while still finding time to search for her lucky T. At first glance, this is a story about a girl finding her lucky t-shirt, but is really a story about forgiveness, loss, and growing up.

I love this book! Girls of all ages will enjoy Lucky T, and readers of Kate Brian's other books won't be disappointed. I highly recommend that you buy Lucky T, or at least run to a library and check it out. It'll be worth it.
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Format: Hardcover
Carrie Fitzergald has been spoiled with luck all her life due to a lucky T-shirt her dad once gave her from a business trip. Now that T-shirt is gone, lost somewhere in India, after her mother accidentally gave it away as part of a charity donation. And Carrie's luck has gone with it: she's broken up with her boyfriend, had a fight with her bestfriend, and has gotten her first bad grade. So what will Carrie do? Travel to India to retreive her lucky T!

This is a cool, perky novel for every girl to try! Read the book to find out what happens to Carrie in India!
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Format: Paperback
Have you ever cleaned your room/closet and decided to donate your excess clothes to charity? Maybe it was a mother-ordered mandate to get rid of the clutter? Whatever the reason or inspiration, did you ever give away something you didn't really mean to give? What would you do to get it back?

Carrie's mother does just that. She gives Carrie's favorite T-shirt to the Help India foundation. Unfortunately, the T-shirt is not just a T-shirt. It was given to Carrie by her father, and she superstitiously believes it is the reason for every success in her young life. She must get it back.

Since the T-shirt is traveling to India, Carrie makes arrangements to travel there, too. Carrie arrives at the Help India headquarters to find herself bunking with several roommates in a hostel. The roommates are horrible, and India is nothing like she expected. She is assigned to the group building homes in Calcutta. Needless to say, Carrie seriously lacks building trade skills. From dropping a hammer on her flip-flop-exposed big toe to dropping a boxful of nails in wet concrete, Carrie is not very popular at the building site.

Much to her relief, Carrie meets Dee, who tells her about his work at the Calcutta Children's Shelter. When she's offered a chance to start volunteering there, she decides anything is better than her current situation. Her work with children is the beginning of a new understanding for Carrie. Maybe the T-shirt isn't that important after all.

When I started LUCKY T, I was frustrated with the whining of main character Carrie. As the storyline began to unfold, though, it gained depth and purpose, and everything fell into place. Kate Brian gives readers a chance to watch the growth of Carrie and what her experience teaches her about exactly what things/people are important in life.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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A Kid's Review on September 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Lucky T was simply amazing. Carrie was an amazing young lady in school who everybody wanted to be like she had the hottest boyfriend, she was the only sophomore on the Varsity basketball team and she had the perfect figure.

What I liked most about this book would most defiantly have to be when she discovers everything she thought she had because of her Lucky T was actually all her the shirt just gave her confidence to do what she wanted.

What I didn't like to much about this book was when she got out of the shower and couldn't find her Lucky T. Because I know we all have at least lost something very special and felt very hurt inside, I just didn't like when that happened to her.

My favorite character in this book is without a doubt Carrie she brought a lot of life into the story and she was just like perfect it, well in my opinion.

A scene in the story that really meant something to me was "Deena and her mother have no place to go, no income, she needs clothes". That meant a lot to me because it made me think about what all I have and what other people don't

This book sets apart from any other book that I have read because it really had me thinking about my life. I even felt a tear down my cheek when I read this book. Because we have things that other people would have never dreamed about having and we take it for granite and never think about what we really have.

If someone was to ask me about this book I would have to say. You should really read this book it was have you thinking about your life. Very good book!!!!

One of the questions I have after reading this book. Well not that Carrie realizes that it wasn't the "Lucky T". What is she going think about the rest of her?
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