Just My Luck

Finished Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 has 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.”

This book is the perfect example of why I love middlegrade novels so much.  I feel like they’re tackling all these really hard issues but doing it in a way where they’re accessible to children.  (Because it’s not just teenagers and adults that horrible things happen to.)  I can’t even imagine the skillset that takes, where you explain these things in a way where it’s not too overwhelming for kids.  Anyway, Cammie McGovern does it and makes it seem effortless.

I love Benny and his incredibly kind heart.  (He’s realistic though, and he loses his temper and he’s very hard on himself.)  But he’s sweet and wise for his age and I wanted to give him about 50,000 hugs.

I haven’t read Cammie McGovern’s YA novels yet and I need to change that.  If they’re even half this good (and I’ve only heard amazing things), she’s going to be one of my favorites.

Highly recommended.

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