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Running Press Kids/Hachette Books

ISBN-10: 0762465026

ISBN-13: 978-0762465026

LIZZY AND THE GOOD LUCK GIRL

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.

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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

Eleven year old Jermaine wants to be famous. Before long she has alienated her best friend, sent her mother packing, and turned an emotional family crisis into a tacky mystery segment. This laugh-aloud debut novel takes a lighthearted look at the reality behind reality TV, and the upside of being part of an ordinary family.

THE UPSIDE OF ORDINARY

Holiday House

ISBN-10: 0823424170

ISBN-13: 978-0823424177

E-book available!

After her success as Pinocchio in the school play, 11-year-old Jermaine Davidson is determined to become famous in this breezy debut novel...Although readers will see Jermaine’s troubles coming long before she does, the lessons will not be lost. Most effectively, her uncle’s disappearance and the circumstances around it mirror the family’s disappointment—and eventual acceptance—of Jermaine’s mistakes.

BOOKLIST

"…pie-in-the-face comedy…believably depicted…Jermaine neatly captures her living-in-the-moment, no-holds-barred attitude. This debut novel offers an amusing lesson on the downside of reality television…"

KIRKUS REVIEWS

"In an easygoing story about following one's dreams and appreciating what one has, debut novelist Lubner balances well-staged comedy with Jermaine's thoughtful musings on her family's eccentricities…" 

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2008

ISBN-10: 0810994909

ISBN-13: 978-0810994904

"...lovingly recreates scenes featuring the historical buildings and the costumed folk of colonial Williamsburg..."

Booklist

"This book would make a nice introduction to Williamsburg for very young visitors."

School Library Journal

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2006

ISBN-10: 0810994909

ISBN-13: 978-0810994904

This favorite is no longer available to purchase new but you might find it on Amazon or at your local library.

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2005

ISBN-10: 0810957507

ISBN-13: 978-0810957503

Noises at Night

Co-Writer Beth Raisner Glass

Illustrated by Bruce Whatley

This favorite is no longer available to purchase new but you might find it on Amazon or at your local library.

 
 
 
 
 

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