Lucky and most of the other 42 citizens in Hard Pan, California don't have much money. Lucky does have a lot of dreams--like becoming a scientist, or creating a special museum to bring more people to town, or writing a book about how to parent a girl. She also has some worries, like finding her Higher Power, and whether Brigitte, her guardian, is going to stay with her.
The audience for this book is problematic. The young protagonist is dealing with adult issues, but we see them through her (sometimes) naive interpretations. Lucky is ten, but readers of the same age are unlikely to appreciate or be ready for the content in this story. For example, she listens to members of Alcoholics Anonymous tell "rock bottom" stories outside of their meeting hall. In many ways, this book is best suited for adults, as a charming reminder that children have important worries and often struggle to feel like they have any control over their lives.
Maybe if Brigitte realized that one day Lucky would be a world-famous scientist like Charles Darwin, she would stop missing France all the time."
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
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