A Whole Lot of Lucky by Danette Haworth is a fun read.
Hailee Richardson can't help but be a little envious of her best friend, Amanda Burns, especially when she gets a new bike when it's not even her birthday or Christmas!
Hailee is stuck riding a boys bike that is rusted out and squeaks.
Then everything changes (or should have) when Hailee's Dad wins the lottery.
To add to Hailee's frustration, her family still doesn't act like the millionaires they are.
But they do put Hailee in a private a school. Hailee now has the opportunity to be one of the popular girls.
Danette does a great job showing the inner struggle of wanting to do the right thing and wanting to be part of the popular crowd. She fleshes her characters out so well, that we feel the embarrassment that Hailee feels for her friends and the sadness when she almost loses her best friend.
A Whole Lot of Lucky is 288 pages. Published by Walker Company. Copyright 2012.
Danette Haworth has also written the following books:
Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightening
Summer Moonlight Secrets
Me & Jack
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Interview with Irene Latham author of Dear Wandering Wildebeest
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Chris: I live in Boulder Colorado. My son and daughter are grown and married. Now, I have a new generation of grandchildren to write for. My first college degree was in art, and I spent ten years as a production potter, making dinnerware and teapots. It was fun, but I felt a calling to words.
I could have made Dent any age or attitude, but I automatically made him an adolescent. I like middle-schoolers—I like the way they walk, the way they talk and the things left unsaid.
Sheila: How did you come up with the Idea for The Adventures of Tooten and Ter?
Chris: When my kids were in college, my husband and I traveled frequently because of his work. I often found myself touring a city alone, so I had enough time and space to give my imagination full reign . We had recently raised a Guide Dog for the Blind puppy, and it occurred to me that lab puppies had a lot in common with thirteen-year old boys—they are both curious, helpful, brave, maddening, fool-hearty, and sincere. So, I had hit on the two main characters of my next project, The Adventures of Tooten and Ter. As detective partners. Tooten is a guide dog puppy-in-training and Ter is a thirteen-year-old foster kid (with a far too trusting foster father). I located many of the twenty episodes in the different cities we had visited..
Sheila: That's some good information on how to go about researching an area.
Sheila: We all want to know about the first sale. What was that like?
Sheila: What did you wish you knew beforehand about the writing/publishing process?
Chris: If I were to start writing these books again, I’d leave out details of the weather, clothing, dates, and holidays. I have reordered the episodes, more than once, to reflect changes in the characters relationships and other developments, and each time, I have had to make many changes like taking out the snow and turning Christmas into St. Patrick’s Day.
Sheila: What struggles did you face?
Chris: My other challenge has been marketing an e-book. I haven’t convinced bookstores and libraries to spotlight my book because it’s not on their shelves, and they decide upon their e-book selections at a higher level than the library person at the young-adult desk. Also, building a website has been a challenge. However, the bright spot is reading the book to fifth-grade classes. The kids are great—insightful and empathetic.
Sheila: Thank you for visiting with us today Chris and looking forward to the sequel, A Nose for Trouble.
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