Lucky Strikes

Lucky Strikes

Book - 2016
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With her mama recently dead and her pa sight unseen since birth, fourteen-year-old Amelia is suddenly in charge of her younger brother and sister, and of the family gas station. Harley Blevins, local king and emperor of Standard Oil, is in hot pursuit to clinch his fuel monopoly. To keep him at bay and her family out of foster care, Melia must come up with a father, and fast. And so when a hobo rolls out of a passing truck, Melia grabs opportunity by its beard. Can she hold off the hounds till she comes of age?
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627793902
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION BAYAR...L
Characteristics: 313 pages ; 22 cm


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KHCPL_Wagner Dec 28, 2016

After Amelia's mother dies, it's up to her to save the family gas station and keep herself and her siblings out of foster care.

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Aug 14, 2016

I was a little disappointed when I opened the book to the first page and discovered it was written in dialect, but that one page was as long as my disappoint lasted. Lucky Strikes is a fast-paced, high-stakes novel set in the real world about tough Melia. She's fighting to keep her family together and to keep their gas station. Nothing was sugarcoated-- Melia was tough, down-to-earth, practical, and her occasional selfish outbursts made her human. The characters of Lucky Strikes were complete, well-developed, and relatable. I cared for them. The ending even made me tear up a bit.
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