Friday, January 25, 2019

Lucky Little Things by Janice Erlbaum - ESSENTIAL

Lucky Little Things by Janice Erlbaum, 274 pages. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018. $17.

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G.



Emma finds a letter outside her apartment door telling her she will have a special dose of luck this month. Emma could use some luck since her aunt just died, her best friend has new friends and she really wants a part in the school play. As if by magic, good things do indeed happen and Emma tries to puzzle out who sent the letter and how luck works. 

This is a book stocked full of relatable middle school moments and good messages to go with them. One of the more sensitive topics is that of inappropriate texting. A boy asks Emma’s friend to send a topless photo and, when she does, it goes viral and all kids involved are suspended. These are the situations and lessons better read and learned from in a book than experienced in real life! 

Jen Wecker, HS English Teacher

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