Running Press Kids/Hachette Books
Lizzy Sherman has brought home strays before. Plenty of cats and a one-eyed poodle. But never a human. And not without her parents knowing. Living in the small town of East Thumb Maine on top of her family’s diner, twelve-year old Lizzy copes with the pain of loss by searching for signs to guide her and perhaps, guarantee her, a bump-free path through life. If only she can figure out what those signs are trying to tell her— whether it’s a funny-shaped cloud, the ice cubes in her glass of water floating into the shape of a smile, or a heart-shaped puddle of spilled juice.
When Lizzy and her best friend Joss meet a troubled runaway, Lizzy discovers there is something unique about this girl and hides her inside her home, convinced that she is good luck and can protect Lizzy and her family from another tragedy. But what she offers Lizzy turns out to be far greater than luck. With a balance of humor and heart, Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl is a story about loss, love, family and friendship; and at its core, the awesome power of hope.
Readers are in luck! Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl is a lively tale of compassion and self-discovery, with a perfect blend of humor, heart, and hope. Lizzy's optimism, drive, and quirky belief in signs from the universe make her a character worth rooting for.
ANNA STANISZEWISKI, author of The Dirt Diary
This is a fantastic read which really hits the issue of childhood anxiety head-on and in such a relatable way. It was enjoyable from start to finish and I can't recommend this one enough.
KELLY JONES, author of Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
Lizzy's desperate need for luck tugged at my heart. Bittersweet, beautiful, and recommended for anyone who's searched for a sign that things will turn out okay-or worried that they might not.
Lizzy Sherman is the kind of kid you want to give a hug and a high-five to, as she tries to make the world a better place one lost cat (and one runaway kid!) at a time. I feel very fortunate to have found Susan Lubner's fresh, funny, and utterly unforgettable novel, Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl, which winningly imparts the wisdom that it's not enough to just hold on to lucky things... sometimes, you also need to let go.
ERICA S. PERL, author of All Three Stooges and When Life Gives You O.J.
Brimming with small-town charm, quirky characters and clever humor, Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl showcases just how courageous we must be to hold onto hope, especially after loss. Hand this to someone who might need gentle encouragement to love their corner of the world-and to anyone who has ever considered putting a sweater on a cat.
BETH VRABEL, author of The Reckless Club, Caleb and Kit, and the Pack of Dorks series
On one hand, Lizzy is about the luckiest girl you ever heard of. She lives over her family's small-town diner, enjoying an endless supply of sandwiches and ice cream sundaes. But Lizzy is also a worrier, constantly searching for reassuring signs from the universe. When a mission to feed a stray cat turns up a runaway girl, Lizzy gains a whole new set of worries. Readers will root for the memorable, kind hearted protagonist in this engaging story about loss and recovery.
MARTHA FREEMAN, author of Zap! and the Secret Cookie Club series
Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl, by Susan Lubner, was one of my favorite books I've ever read. The characters were very well developed and I felt like I knew them in real life. I wish I could knit cat sweaters with them! I loved the storyline and how it ended. It was an incredible book that made me proud to be from Maine!
LILLY BETTERS, age 11
Abrams books for young readers
Co-authored with Beth Raisner Glass