What’s your belief about luck? Is there such a thing as bad luck, good luck, and can you influence it? Author Cynthia Kadohata tries to answer in her book The Thing About Luck. For 12 year old Summer, her family is definitely experiencing a year of bad luck. Summer’s parents are called back to their home country of Japan to care for ailing relatives, leaving Summer and her younger brother Jaz with their Japanese grandparents. To keep a steady income, the family picks up work with custom harvesters working in Kansas. Summer’s grandpa will work with the harvesters, while Summer and her grandmother will cook. Jaz has special needs – Summer describes him as “intense” – and the whole family pitches in to help him along. Then a crisis in the family forces Summer to make some difficult decisions that will hopefully turn their luck around. The story line only takes place over 3 months of the harvesting season, and readers used to action books may find the pace a bit slow. However, even adults in the Midwest will enjoy this tale of growing up around the wheat harvest.
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The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kahodata
ISBN: 9781442474659, 269 pages.
Kansas Collection, fiction