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The Thing About Luck,
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This review is from: The Thing About Luck (Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. Children's and Young Adult. Winner (Awards)) (Hardcover)
This book is intended for middle school aged kids, but is an enjoyable story for adults as well. The main character is a Japanese-American girl named Summer who goes along with her brother to stay with their grandparents in Kansas while their parents deal with a family problem in Japan. The grandparents are part of a custom combining crew that travels from Kansas south into Texas and then back north through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota harvesting the wheat crop. Much of the story is a "coming of age" tale involving this girl, but other parts describe quite accurately the lifestyle of the harvesters.
I was especially intrigued because I have relatives who have done custom combining, so it was interesting to see how this story matched up with what I had heard before.
I would recommend the book for 10-12 year old readers and to adults who are interested in this topic. It would be a good book for a middle school library.