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Lucky Little Things

Lucky Little Things

Janice Erlbaum

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


A funny and heartfelt realistic middle-grade novel about friendship, family, and the meaning of luck, from author Janice Erlbaum.

Eighth-grader Emma Macintyre could use some good luck. The popular kids at her school ignore her, the boy she likes is out of her league, and her best friend has been ditching her for the mean girls. Worst of all, her beloved Aunt Jenny died recently, leaving Emma and her single mom reeling with grief.

Then Emma receives a mysterious letter with no return address. The letter promises that ten lucky little things will happen to her over the next thirty days—she just has to make a list of what she wants. When the things on her list start coming true, she races to understand what’s happening. How does this lucky letter work? Who sent it? And what’s going to happen when the thirty days are done?


Monday has never been my lucky day.

Monday, April 18, looked like it would be unlucky as usual. I was woken up before the alarm by our dog, Penguin, who sneezed on my face, and as I was stumbling half-asleep to go wash off...

Praise for Lucky Little Things

*An ILA Young Adult Reader's List Selection!*

"With so many different subplots, a wide variety of readers will find this story relatable. The consistent reminders about the letter keep the story moving forward and create an irresistible page-turner. This story reminds readers that even the worst day of your life may lead to the luckiest little thing." —School Library Journal

"Erlbaum’s first book for young readers is freshly voiced, modern, and accessible . . . Books that speak directly to the experiences of upper middle-schoolers are rare these days, often falling into the gap between middle grade and YA. A refreshingly honest look at the true meaning of luck." —Booklist


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Janice Erlbaum

Janice Erlbaum is the author of the memoirs Girlbomb and Have You Found Her, and the novel for adults I, Liar. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two pesky cats.

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