Lucky Break

  • Pages:192
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Soundings
  • Themes:female athlete, rugby, mental health, teen romance, obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Available:04/16/2024
  • Reading Level:3.0
  • Lexile:HL700L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z
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"Clever, quippy dialogue and enjoyable first-person voice make the sassy, inner-monologuing Lucy a pleasure of a protagonist…A sweet, sincere look at the complexities of female friendship between competitive athletes. This book tackles a lot and scores at every turn." —Booklist

Seventeen-year-old Lucy "Lucky" Graves is devoted to her championship rugby team, but her dreams of a scholarship are destroyed when she breaks her ankle during an important game. If it doesn't heal properly, Lucy could be benched for the rest of the year. Goodbye pro career, goodbye college, goodbye future. Without rugby, who is she? Now her anxiety and OCD are getting worse, and a past trauma has resurfaced to haunt her. Lucy needs to stop running from her past to discover what it really means to be a team player.

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“Readers will enjoy the action-packed scenes, as well as the concise yet thorough explanations of all things rugby. Snappy dialogue, strong pacing, and sympathetic characters make for an enjoyable and easily digestible read…A relatable, realistic look at the pressures teen athletes face that will appeal to reluctant readers.”

– Kirkus Reviews
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2019  |  Commended