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Gr 5-8-In this highly enjoyable novel, middle-schooler Hailee Richardson is embarrassed by her garage-sale bicycle, her clothes from Goodwill, and her father's job cleaning carpets. But when her parents win millions in the lottery, her life changes dramatically, and not always for the better. Hailee loves her new cell phone and even reluctantly grows to like her new private school. Her relationship with her longtime best friend becomes strained, however, as Hailee tries to win over her wealthy classmates. She once envied Amanda, who had a beautiful bicycle, but now worries that her old friend will embarrass her. Then Nikki, a girl from her new school, drags Hailee into questionable situations, asking her to ditch school, cheat on a quiz, and even egg another student's house. While Hailee's family enjoys their newfound wealth, the money also brings somewhat predictable problems. Tensions mount toward a moving climax; Hailee learns lessons that will come as no surprise but are satisfying nonetheless. Readers who are not quite ready for the serious problems of more graphic YA novels will enjoy this rather lighthearted story-the "bad girl" is not all that bad, and Hailee triumphs over the "mean girls" while realizing that she has not behaved well herself. This is a solid and pleasurable exploration of friendship, materialism, and how money can change everything.-Miranda Doyle, Lake Oswego School District, OR α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Hailee Richardson is on the lower rung of her neighborhood’s economic ladder, but things take a turn when her parents win the lottery. Though Hailee sees big houses and a horse in her future, the story plays out more realistically. While three million dollars is a lot of money, it’s set up to come in installments over decades, so a new lifestyle isn’t in the works, except for one thing. When Hailee learns that her parents are transferring her to the exclusive Magnolia Academy, she tries to fight it, but soon enough she becomes intrigued with what it offers, even as she tries to redefine her relationship with her neighborhood BFF. Haworth does an excellent job of portraying the modern kid’s life (cell phones, Facebook) mixed with evergreen problems like trying to fit in with the popular crowd and cheating on tests. She also makes the smart decision to have the lottery win be a plot point that propels the story into places that will interest kids most, rather than its center. The fact that religion plays quietly and comfortably into the narrative is another plus. Grades 4-7. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802723934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802723932
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,864,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tina Says VINE VOICE on January 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A Whole Lot of Lucky is the second book I have read by Danette Haworth, and another book I really enjoyed by this author. There are so many fantasy novels out there for middle grade readers that sometimes I feel as though it is hard to find great realistic fiction books for the readers that prefer that genre

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.
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It was okay, but I'm not sure I liked the main character. That made it hard for me to read the book. Hailee was a brat for most of the book, and ended up hurting her best friend Amanda and new friend Emily because of it. She even eggs Emilys house to get back at her for being a tattle tale about Nikki skipping school. That really bothered me. Hailee was supposed to be Emily's friend.
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When Hailee Richardson's parents win the lottery, she thinks her whole life is going to change. But her parents don't quit their jobs and don't run out to buy her new clothes and toys. The only thing they do is send her to local private school Magnolia Academy, away from her best friend.

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.
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A Whole Lot of Lucky was a good middle grade novel. The story focuses on a girl named Hailee. She becomes sick of always having second hand things. Especially when it comes to her three dollar bike. Needless to say when her parents win the lottery, she is ecstatic. However, when she tries to become as popular as the rich kids, she starts to lose who she really is. This book teaches an important lesson to it's readers. No matter how great things get, don't forget where you came from. The book also teaches to not forget those who were there for you when you had nothing. The plot flowed smoothly. I completed this book in about 2 hours. There are very few plot holes. I liked most of the characters. I didn't really care for Alexis. The main character had a fun personality. Toward the middle of the book though, I thought she was a rude, snotty brat. However she made up for her actions at the end of the book. Also, this book has made me look at how much I text around my friends. I never realized it may have been considered rude. I'm hoping the author writes a sequel about Hailee's second year at academy and how the lottery winnings continue to affect her and her family. I will definitely recommend this book to my friends who have kids in middle school. I recommend this book to girls in grades 5-8.
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This book has a simple yet effective storyline, because it helps school kids realize that being popular is not the only best thing that can happen to you, but that instead you shouldn't let go of your friends even if it means being the star of the school. I highly recommend this to middle school girls because they often face the problems mentioned in this book.
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.
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