The Thing About Luck
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: October 2014
Duration: 5 hours 16 minutes
The winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata.
Kouun is "good luck" in Japanese, and one year my family had none of it.
Just when Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan. Right before harvest season. But the mortgage has to be paid, so Summer's grandparents are going on harvest instead, and taking Summer, her little brother Jaz, and their dog Thunder with them.
Obaachan and Jiichan are well, they're old fashioned, and demanding. Between helping Obaachan cook for the workers, covering for her when her back pain worsens, and worrying about her little brother, who can't seem to make any friends, Summer has her hands full. Then one of the boys Summer has known forever starts paying extra attention to her. But what begins as a welcome distraction from the hard work soon turns into a mess of its own and Summer winds up, once again, disappointing Obaachan. But surelytheir badluck isup, surely?
Well that's the thing--bad luck can alwaysget worse. And when that happens, Summer has to figure out how to change it, herself, even if it means further displeasing Obaachan. Because it might be the only way to save her family's job.