Just My Luck

Cammie McGovern. Harper, $16.99 (240p) ISBN 978-0-06-233065-9
Benny is a worrier. He worries about his father, who has had a brain aneurysm. He worries about his fourth-grade teacher, who seems increasingly distracted. And he worries about whether he has a best friend and about the mounting evidence that he isn’t good at anything—not bike riding, math, or the acts of kindness his school is encouraging. He doesn’t worry about his autistic older brother, George, though. George is George. Sometimes he can do more than his family expects, sometimes he talks to himself and makes strangers uncomfortable, but he always laughs at Benny’s jokes. In her first middle-grade novel, McGovern (A Step Toward Falling) brings readers fully into Benny’s troubled thoughts, making a clear distinction between the things that he can’t control (his father’s health, his brother’s autism) and the things that he can. McGovern’s thoughtful depiction of a family facing difficult situations without fracturing, coupled with a gentle message about not being too hard on oneself, will surely speak to middle schoolers with their own slate of worries. Ages 8–12. Agent: Margaret Riley, William Morris Endeavor. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 11/09/2015
Release date: 02/01/2016
Genre: Children's
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