McGovern, Cammie Just My Luck, 228 pgs. HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2016. $16.99. Language: PG (3 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: G.
Benny is a 4th grader who thinks his life is over. Over the summer his best friend moved away, he can’t ride a bike, his dad has an accident, and his teacher isn’t what everyone tells his Mr. Norris would be. The Principal gives the students a challenge to do something nice for someone. Benny’s mother has always told him, “When bad things happen you should focus on helping others.” Benny takes the challenge and immediately begins to be discouraged. Benny is constantly helping others; his brother George is autistic and Benny is his protector. Benny feels that his dad’s accident was his fault so he is struggling to overcome those feelings. Benny’s dad suffers another episode. This time he just knows his dad will die, but instead he regains his health. The entire family spends the day together and Benny learns to ride his bike. The family realizes that good things happen if you stick together.
EL, MS – ADVISABLE. M Olsen