A Big Dose of Lucky

Category: Book
By (author): Jocelyn, Marthe
Series: Secrets
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14 Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Alternative Family
  JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Orphans & Foster Homes
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Published: September 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.62in
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From The Publisher*Malou has just turned sixteen-hardly old enough to be out in the world on her own-and all she knows for sure is that she's of mixed race and that she was left at an orphanage as a newborn. When the orphanage burns to the ground, she finds out that she may have been born in a small town in Ontario's cottage country. Much to her surprise, Parry Sound turns out to have quite a few young brown faces, but Malou can't believe they might be related to her. After she finds work as a cleaner in the local hospital, an Aboriginal boy named Jimmy helps her find answers to her questions about her parents. The answers are as stunning-and life-changing-as anything Malou could have imagined back at the orphanage.
   Part of the SECRETS-a series of seven linked novels that can be read in any order.
From The Publisher*In this YA novel, Malou, a mixed-race orphan, is on her own for the first time, trying to discover her parents' identities.
From The Publisher*Moving forward doesn't always occur in a straight line.
From The Publisher*Malou has just turned sixteen--hardly old enough to be out in the world on her own--and all she knows for sure is that she's of mixed race and that she was left at an orphanage as a newborn. When the orphanage burns to the ground, she finds out that she may have been born in a small town in Ontario's cottage country. Much to her surprise, Parry Sound turns out to have quite a few young brown faces, but Malou can't believe they might be related to her. After she finds work as a cleaner in the local hospital, an Aboriginal boy named Jimmy helps her find answers to her questions about her parents. The answers are as stunning--and life-changing--as anything Malou could have imagined back at the orphanage.
Review Quote*"A fresh coming-of-age tale with an unconventional twist."
Review Quote*"A compelling genealogical mystery...Through this inspiring heroine and characters that include a gay, biracial couple living as sisters-in-law, Jocelyn illuminates racial and social inequality as significant today as it was during the civil rights movement. Poignant and resonant, it's an important exploration for readers seeking their own identities."
Review Quote*"Short, diary-style chapters keep the plot moving as our charming and optimistic heroine uncovers some startling information about herself and learns about the true nature of family and friendship. Sharp writing keeps this dramatic coming-of-age story from taking a turn toward the saccharine or melodramatic...Lovely and easily digestible historical fiction."
Review Quote*"Malou has led a sheltered life at the orphanage and often reveals an innocent naiveté, but her resourcefulness and intelligence counteract this to make her an engaging and likable character to whom readers will relate. The cast of characters in the book is very diverse, but it never feels forced and avoids the pitfalls of tokenism...An entertaining book and a great mystery that will also introduce readers to an interesting sliver of medical history...Highly Recommended."
Review Quote*"Stunning in its ability to captivate readers. The short titled scenes make for a quick read, adding wit and suspense to an otherwise classic coming-of-age story. Malou has a clear, clever, and strong voice, with believable emotions that hit the heart. This is an underdog story with a likable and relatable protagonist. It does not delve deep into subplots or secondary characters, but there are allusions to heartache, mental illness, domestic issues, racism, and prejudice. It is a fascinating story with a bit of Three Times Lucky (Dial, 2012/VOYA August 2012) charm."
Review Quote*"Enchanting. It depicts the racial tension of the 1960s and the longing an orphan feels for an explanation. The narration is unique and endearing. The characters are all delightful and the protagonist's introduction to the world causes readers to look at things in a new light...A charming read for all."