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Not much happens in Hard Pan, California, population 43. Dust storms, rattlesnakes, and cholla burrs are the only things that spice up daily life in the desert. Lucky is fairly content, living with her French guardian Brigitte and her dog, HMS Beagle. But when Lucky convinces herself that Bridgitte is planning on returning to France, things take a turn for the worse. Then, a dust storm blows along, and with it come memories and a whole lot of trouble.— From Hazel
It's all Brigitte's fault -- for wanting to go back to France. Guardians are supposed to stay put and look after girls in their care Instead Lucky is sure that she'll be abandoned to some orphanage in Los Angeles where her beloved dog, HMS Beagle, won't be allowed. She'll have to lose her friends Miles, who lives on cookies, and Lincoln, future U.S. president (maybe) and member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. Just as bad, she'll have to give up eavesdropping on twelve-step anonymous programs where the interesting talk is all about Higher Powers. Lucky needs her own -- and quick.
But she hadn't planned on a dust storm.
Or needing to lug the world's heaviest survival-kit backpack into the desert.
* “Patron [is] a master of light but sure characterization and closely observed detail. A small gem.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Lucky is a true heroine.”—Booklist