Luck by Alison Prince - Barrington Stoke Book 7

The title, cover and blurb do not give much away about this book. But the first line gives you a big clue as to the sort of read it is going to be; "My mum is a slag."

As well as domestic drama, Luck deals with gangs, robbery and car accidents, and also fits in sub-plots on immigration, bereavement and broken homes. It does all this in 53 short pages, many of which have illustrations. Amazing.

The illustrations by Patrick Morgan are worth a mention, they complement the hard-edged writing perfectly, and there is a breath-taking double page spread that works brilliantly.

A short, but great book, for older readers, about not blaming your luck when things go wrong; "It wasn't bad luck. It was stupid."

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