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The Real Lucky Charm Paperback – September 8, 2005
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5–Readers were introduced to 10-year-old African-American twins Mia and Marcus in Richardson's The Real Slam Dunk (EnRich, 2002). Here, Mia and her friend Gabbie decide to try out for the new girls' basketball team. When not enough players sign up, they become part of a new coed team. When Mia plays particularly well, she begins to believe that her father's gift of a new charm for her bracelet is bringing her luck, not only in basketball, but also with her schoolwork. She slackens up in her practice and studies, depending instead on her lucky piece. When she loses it, she also loses her confidence on the court, doesn't score well on her spelling test, and is convinced that the missing charm is the cause. As the story progresses, she learns to trust her abilities and efforts to accomplish her goals. Supported by occasional attractive black-and-white drawings, this short, family-oriented sports story will capture the interest of beginning chapter-book readers as well as reluctant readers. Its message is simple and straightforward, as summed up by Mia's father–Once you start believing in yourself again and not that charm, you'll be just fine.–Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Gr. 3-5. Ten-year-old Mia Robinson is thrilled when the rec center starts a coed basketball team; at last she can play alongside her twin brother, Marcus. Mr. Robinson gives Mia a little gold basketball for her charm bracelet, and as her playing improves, she attributes her newfound skills to the charm. After she loses it, she starts missing shots, and decides that without her little basketball, she must quit the team. Basketball-loving fans just beyond the easy-reader stage will find this to be the right mix of sports and life lessons as Mia learns that luck comes when you work hard and practice, not when you rub a charm. Extremely well-rendered pencil drawings bring Mia and her African American family solidly to life. Ilene Cooper
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