If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all!

Author: Cynthia Kadohata

This book is the winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for 2013.  What I liked about this story is the quirky relationship between Summer and her grandparents.  I also was fascinated by the mechanics of wheat harvesting and the work of harvesting teams, many of whom are immigrant workers.  This coming-of-age story has just enough adventure, humor and romance to keep me reading right through to the end.  Who hasn't ever felt that their bad luck couldn't get any worse right before it does.  I guess the question to ask is how much are we responsible for our own luck?