The Thing About Luck (Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. Children's and Young Adult. Winner (Awards))

  • Publish Date: 2013-06-04
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Cynthia Kadohata
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The winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata. There is bad luck, good luck, and making your own luck--which is exactly what Summer must do to save her family.

Summer knows that kouun means good luck in Japanese, and this year her family has none of it. Just when she thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan--right before harvest season. Summer and her little brother, Jaz, are left in the care of their grandparents, who come out of retirement in order to harvest wheat and help pay the bills.

The thing about Obaachan and Jiichan is that they are old-fashioned and demanding, and between helping Obaachan cook for the workers, covering for her when her back pain worsens, and worrying about her lonely little brother, Summer just barely has time to notice the attentions of their boss's cute son. But notice she does, and what begins as a welcome distraction from the hard work soon turns into a mess of its own.

Having thoroughly disappointed her grandmother, Summer figures the bad luck must be finished--but then it gets worse. And when that happens, Summer has to figure out how to change it herself, even if it means further displeasing Obaachan. Because it might be the only way to save her family.

Cynthia Kadohata's ode to the breadbasket of America has received six starred reviews. Awards:

  • APALA Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
  • Booklinks Lasting Connections
  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • Capitol Choices List (DC)
  • Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature Best Multicultural Books List
  • Charlie May Simon Book Award ML (AR)
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List (VT)
  • Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee (NJ)
  • Judy Lopez Memorial Award Honor Book
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award Master List (PA)
  • Land of Enchantment Children's Book Award (NM)
  • National Book Award Winner
  • Volunteer State Book Award Master List (TN)