Orwell's Luck by Richard W. Jennings

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When a wounded wild rabbit is found in the front yard, he is given a good home and a memorable name by a twelve-year-old with a liking for basketball, the trombone, and the newspaper’s daily horoscope. But Orwell is no ordinary rabbit. It soon seems that he is attempting to reward his young caretaker by mysteriously sending coded messages in the form of predictions: the final score of the Super Bowl, advance notice of a pop quiz at school, tomorrow’s winning lottery number! Can this little rabbit foretell the future? Can Orwell actually make luck happen? Here is a magical and heartwarming story about kindness, friendship, and hope in the shadow of fortune’s ever-turning wheel.

About Richard W. Jennings

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Richard W. Jennings has published more than fifty essays, articles, and short stories, including The Tragic Tale of the Dog Who Killed Himself, published by Bantam Books in 1980 to widespread critical acclaim, in addition to his recent titles published with Houghton Mifflin -- Orwell's Luck, The Great Whale of Kansas, My Life of Crime, and Scribble. He is cofounder of a popular Kansas City-area bookstore and former editor of KANSAS CITY MAGAZINE. He has five children, four grandchildren, a dog, a cat, and a parrot and lives in Kansas.
Published April 12, 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 168 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Against a backdrop of domestic ups and downs, the narrator ruminates on the meaning of it all, carries Orwell from vet to vet, and makes a connection with a classmate, known only as “the tousle-haired boy.” By the end, Orwell is on the road to recovery, walking about upright with a comical clown...

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Ranging from prophetic to practical to philosophical, the messages eventually teach her that ""there is always more than one way of looking at things."" Between Orwell's bulletins, the narrator off-handedly addresses less mystical dramas, such as her father's sudden unemployment and her lonelines...

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