The Thing About Luck

by Cynthia Kadohata

The Thing About Luck

Hardcover, 269 pages, Simon & Schuster, List Price: $16.99 | purchase

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Just when 12-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers. Illustrated by Julia Kuo.

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Summer and her younger brother, Jaz, live on a farm in the Midwest — and when their parents are unexpectedly called away to care for relatives in Japan, they must help their grandparents bring in the harvest to make their mortgage payment. Harvesting wheat is hard work, made more difficult by Summer's growing interest in a boy and her grandfather's sudden illness. And then there's her brother, a difficult kid who's somewhere on the autism spectrum. Can Summer pull everything together and

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