The Thing About Luck
By Cynthia Kadohata; Simon and Schuster, 2013
2013 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature
FROM FRONT COVER FLAP:
"Just when Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan -- right before harvest season. But the mortgage has to be paid, so Summer's grandparents are going on harvest instead, taking Summer; her little brother, Jaz; and their dog, Thunder, with them.
Obaachan and Jiichan are …. well, they're old-fashioned and demanding. And what with helping Obaachan cook for the workers, covering for her when her back pain worsens, and worrying about her little brother -- who can't seem to make any friends -- Summer has her hands full. Then one of the boys Summer has known for forever starts paying extra attention to her. And what begins as a welcome distraction from the hard work soon turns into a mess of its own, and Summer winds up, once again disappointing Obaachan. Surely kouun is coming, Summer thinks. But that's the thing about bad luck -- it's bad, and it can get worse. And when that happens, she has to figure out how to change it. Even if it means further displeasing Obaachan. Because it might be the only way to save her family's job."
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