Thematic List- The Luck of the Irish
We’ve all heard about the luck of the Irish. This week’s list includes many characters who desire a touch of luck. Books listed cover a variety of ages, from six to sixteen.
|A Big Dose of Lucky
By: Marthe Jocelyn
Sixteen-year-old Malou decides to uncover the circumstances of her birth and arrival at an orphanage once the orphanage is closed after a fire.
|The Lucky Ones
By: Stephanie Greene
During their annual summer vacation at her grandfather’s home, Cecile hopes for their usual idyllic holiday, but with her sister growing up, her brother away at a summer job, and her parents fighting, nothing is as she envisions.
By: Rachel Vail
As Phoebe and her clique of privileged girlfriends get ready to graduate from eighth grade, a financial scandal threatens her family’s security–as well as Phoebe’s social status–but ultimately it teaches her the real meaning of friendship.
|Lucky: Maris, Mantle, and my best summer ever
By: Wes Tooke
Louis, who loves baseball despite being the worst stickball player in White Plains, New York, sees his opportunity to be bat boy for the 1961 Yankees team as the perfect way to escape the problems of his father’s remarriage and moving to the suburbs.
By: Chris Hill
Lucky is a young red squirrel who was rescued from a hawk, and now must somehow make his home among the Cloudfoot clan of the larger, gray squirrels who live in the city park–and trouble is brewing for the rival gray squirrels known as the Northenders are planning an invasion.
By: David Mackintosh
When Leo’s mother announces there will be a surprise at dinner, Leo and his brother are desperate to find out what it is, and their imaginations run wild.
By: Richard W. Jennings
While caring for an injured rabbit which becomes her confidant, horoscope writer, and source of good luck, a thoughtful seventh grade girl learns to see things in more than one way.
|A Loonie for Luck
By: Roy MacGregor
The true story of the Canadian loonie under the ice that proved lucky for the Canadian hockey team in the 2002 Winter Olympics.
|The Thing About Luck
By: Cynthia Kadohata
Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.
|Three Times Lucky
By: Sheila Turnage
Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.
|The Higher Power of Lucky
By: Susan Patron
Fearing that her legal guardian plans to abandon her to return to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble determines to run away while also continuing to seek the Higher Power that will bring stability to her life.
By: Teresa Bateman
Fiona must outwit the greedy leprechaun king who has taken Ireland’s luck and locked it in a box.
|The Good Luck Cat
By: Joy Harjo
Because her good luck cat Woogie has already used up eight of his nine lives in narrow escapes from disaster, a Native American girl worries when he disappears.
By: Louise Borden
After he finds a brand new shiny penny, Theodore has a perfect day in Kindergarten.
|Good Luck Bear
By: Greg Foley
When Bear’s friend Mouse tells him that finding a four-leaf clover means one is lucky, the little bear searches for one, despite the discouraging words of other animals.
By: Dawn Bentley
A little leprechaun searches high and low to find his pot of gold.
|Ten Lucky Leprechauns
By: Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook
In rhyming text, ten lucky leprechauns play in the woods, in a book introducing both St. Patrick’s Day and the numbers one through ten..