Bayard, Louis Lucky Strikes, 313 pages. Henry Holt & Co. 2016. $16.99. Language: R (219 swears, 0 "f"); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG.
In the small town of Walnut Ridge, Amelia Hoyal and her family run a small gas station known as Brenda's Oasis. Times are hard for the family with the onset of the Great Depression. Amelia's struggles increase with the death of her mother. With no father to speak of, it is up to Amelia to find a way to keep the gas station running and keep her family out of foster care. When Amelia finds a homeless man in front of her station, she hopes fate has given her the solution to her predicament.
This was a poignant story of small town life during the Great Depression. The authors depiction of the Hoyal family was extremely engaging and authentic. I loved the characters and their persevering spirit as they fight against devastating hardships. The book has a lot of mild obscenities throughout and may not be suitable for all readers, but this was one story I will not soon forget.
HS -ADVISABLE. Gina, Media Specialist