Just Lucky

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There’s nothing lucky about your family falling apart

Lucky loves her grandparents, and they are all the family she really has. True, her grandma forgets things…like turning off the stove, or Lucky’s name. But her grandpa takes such good care of them that Lucky doesn’t realize how bad things are. That is until he’s gone. When her grandma accidentally sets the kitchen on fire, Lucky can’t hide what’s happening any longer, and she is sent into foster care. She quickly learns that some foster families are okay. Some aren’t. And some really, really aren’t. Is it possible to find a home again when the only one you’ve ever known has been taken from you?

Praise & Recognition

An uplifting and hopeful #ownvoices novel revealing the complexities of foster care and the heartbreak of dementia. Kirkus Reviews
Just Lucky is an amazing book, and Melanie Florence draws together many contemporary issues faced by families and kids today...Highly Recommended. CM: Review of Canadian Materials


Publication Date: September 17, 2019

Reading Age: 13 - 19

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 248

ISBN: 978-1-77260-104-6

Melanie Florence

About the Author

Melanie Florence

Melanie Florence is a Cree/Scottish writer whose books have won several awards. Her book Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuk to Play in the NHL was chosen as an Honor Book by The American Indian Library Association. Her first picture book, Missing Nimama, won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. She is also the author of Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools. She has also written the YA novels The Missing, One Night, Rez Runaway, and He Who Dreams. Melanie lives with her husband and two children in Toronto.
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