Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern

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Recent books have featured an autistic or otherwise disabled character as the narrator. Here, McGovern offers the perspective of someone who loves that character. Though a little heavy-handed, Benny’s story is insightful and inspirational.
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Critically acclaimed author Cammie McGovern's middle grade debut is a powerful and heartwarming story that will appeal to readers who loved R. J. Palacio's Wonder, Ann M. Martin's Rain Reign, and Holly Sloan's Counting by 7s.

Fourth grade is not going at all how Benny Barrows hoped. He hasn't found a new best friend. He's still not a great bike rider—even though his brother George, who's autistic, can do tricks. And worst of all, he worries his dad's recent accident might be all his fault. Benny tries to take his mom's advice and focus on helping others, and to take things one step at a time. But when his dad ends up in the hospital again, Benny doesn't know how he and his family will overcome all the bad luck that life seems to have thrown their way.

Just My Luck is a deeply moving and rewarding novel about a down-on-his-luck boy whose caring heart ultimately helps him find the strength to cope with tragedy and realize how much he truly has to offer his friends and family.

 

About Cammie McGovern

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Cammie McGovern was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and has won numerous awards for her short fiction. She is the author of one previous novel, The Art of Seeing.
 
Published February 23, 2016 by HarperCollins. 245 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Oct 14 2015

Recent books have featured an autistic or otherwise disabled character as the narrator. Here, McGovern offers the perspective of someone who loves that character. Though a little heavy-handed, Benny’s story is insightful and inspirational.

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