by Susan Patron
This is one of my selections for the Newbery Challenge. The Higher Power of Lucky won the Newbery Award for 2006 and received much criticism because it contained the word scrotum. I thought Lucky's foster mother, Brigitte, explained the meaning to the inquisitive 10-year-old in a sensible way.
Lucky is in search of the higher power that she has overheard different members of the 12 step program (AA) discuss at their meetings. She's in desperate need of this power to insure her happiness and to keep her foster mother from returning to France and abandoning her to an orphanage.
This is a beautiful, sweet book that address childhood fears, bravery, and misconceptions. Patron does an excellent job with the characterization. Lucky and her two friends, Lincoln and Miles become real people in just a very short time. I'd like to see other books by Patron that focus on each boy. I'm sure they would be every bit as touching as Lucky's story.