Ever since her mother died, Lucky has been searching for her Higher Power. She listens in on all the anonymous meetings in Hard Pan, California, analyzing the stories of how people hit 'rock bottom' before they found their own Higher Power. With a best friend obsessed with knot tying, a five-year-old neighbor demanding cookies, and a guardian who wants to return home to France, Lucky is sure she needs extra help.
When that help doesn't come, Lucky decides to take matters into her own hands and run away. Ironically, in leaving Hard Pan, Lucky learns it is where she really belongs. On one level, The Higher Power of Lucky is a lighthearted story of a town filled with quirky and loveable characters. However, it is also a beautifully written story of finding our place in a world that is harsh, but also beautiful. It is a good story for young readers, with a deeper message for older readers.