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Monday, 24 February 2014

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Tell us about it:
Bad luck seems to be chasing Summer and her family. Family members are sick, Summer has had malaria and her brother has no friends. Since her parents had to return to Japan to look after elderly relatives, it is up to Summer and her grandparents to work as part of a 'combine crew' during harvesting season in the United States of America.

It is very hard work too, with Summer helping to cook for the harvesting team. Then her grandfather becomes ill and Summer has to find a way to turn their luck around.

A major theme in this book is family relationships but there is also a lot of humour which balances the more serious issues.

Recommended reading.

How good was it? Fantastic

- Ann