Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl by Susan Lubner

Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl

Told with humor and heart, this is a middle grade story about family, friendship, and hope--plus cats in sweaters!Living in the small town of East Thumb, Maine, upstairs from her family's diner, twelve-year-old Lizzy Sherman searches for signs to guide her and perhaps guarantee her a bump-free path through life. She pays attention to the clouds in the sky, the ice cubes in her water, the heart-shaped puddle of the juice her friend spilled. If onl...

Details Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl

TitleLizzy and the Good Luck Girl
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherRunning Press Kids
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fiction

Reviews Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl

  • Julie
    Lizzy's worried.Her mom's pregnant again, and, well, those haven't been the stories around her apartment lately that have had the happy endings.Lizzy thinks about her mom's health, her miscarriages and her resulting depression. . . a lot. So much so, she's started looking for signs everywhere to guide her. And, signs or no signs, she still feels worried.She thinks, too often, that her “spaghetti brain” is “a big, sticky, knotted mess,” an...
  • Laura
    Lizzy brings lots of animals home, and she is actually hanging out with her best friend, Joss, when she sees just one more cat that she feels needs a home, but what they discover in the empty building across from her family's dinner is not just a cat, but a girl, who has run away from home.And of course, she brings her home, eventually, with her. She just doesn't tell her parents.And she never tells her parents.This is a story of Lizzy, who is su...
  • Erhi Divina
    This is such a fun middle grade book to read. The plot and the character developments are so cute. The story started with the simple life of Lizzy, who was doing a charity work for her local animal shelter with her best friend, Joss. Then it developed into a wonderful plot of hope, kindness, friendship, and family. Lizzy met new friends, the Good Luck Girl and a stray cat she named Smoky. Through its simple plot, Susan Lubner really succeded in b...
  • Natasha Sinel
    This book was so lovely. It treats a couple of tough topics so sensitively and beautifully. The relationship between Lizzy, the main character, and Charlotte, the good luck girl, is so sweet and powerful. I just loved these girls. And this book. Plus, snuggly cats!
  • Amanda Williams
    A nice easy read with a very comfortable pace. An absolutely beautiful story and one I would definitely read again. Would highly recommend this author.
  • Book Hunter
    This is a story of Lizzy and her best friend Joss who discover a girl in an abandoned apartment, with a four leaf clover on her hand. Lizzy sees it as a sign of good luck and offers the girl her bedroom closet.I don't really have much to say about this book, it wasn't anything special to me. The characters were all flat, and nothing spectacular in terms of the writing. I didn’t like the storyline of an 11 yr old girl running away. I didn't like...
  • Ruth
    Everything about this book is pretty much perfect -- great story, wonderful writing, characters you love spending time with, and a totally satisfying *and* realistic ending. Plus funny! Plus diner life. (Plus cats - but this cat-averse reader can't even hold that against it. It's just that good.)
  • Nicole Valentine
    Susan Lubner does a brilliant job of bringing the reader deep into those nervous moments in life where everything feels like it has meaning and portent. Lizzy will speak directly to children (and adults!) who are dealing with the same.
  • Rajiv
    Many thanks to Netgalley in providing me an e-ARC of the book.To be honest, I did not enjoy reading this book. The concept is interesting, where a girl starts to get good luck when she hides a runaway in her home. However, I did not like the execution and felt that there were many aspects that could have been better.Let me begin with the character. I found Lizzy to be very hyper and paranoid and found her a bit irritating. She just does whatever ...
  • Joann M
    This is a sweet story about a twelve year old girl named Lizzy who has a hard time with grief, loss, friendship, and trust. Its a great story for your early 5th to middle grader.This has all the feels. I enjoyed reading it.My thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review
  • January Gray
    I did not finish, I didn't enjoy it all. I really didn't get the story. I don't know what else to say since I didn't finish it.
  • Carrie Finison
    I loved so much about this book, from the small-town Maine setting, to the Thumbs-Up diner (sandwich specials!), to the cats (yes, I’m a cat person) and most especially Lizzy, the ever-hopeful main character. Lizzy is always on the lookout for ‘signs’ of what the future might hold. When she finds a runaway girl, she thinks she may have found a sign that she and her parents will find a way through a past family tragedy to their own happy end...
  • Sam
    Huge thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for this ARC!Middle grade stories that have a large focus on community and friendship can feel like a dime a dozen. What often makes certain ones stand as a cut above the rest, are stories where the community and friendships feel fleshed out. Where it feels like a place that you, the reader, can belong in. Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl is that kind of story that looks at a family diner, a lost cat, and ...
  • Julie Overpeck aka Mrs. O's Library
    I won a copy of this book from the author through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you, Susan!I'll admit, as a mom I got rather annoyed at Lizzy at first. She is superstitious and believes that everything is a sign of what she wants to happen. But as an educator, I know that middle school kids do this. And as a reader, I was completely charmed by the characters. The girls try to raise money by knitting and selling cat sweaters. I totally would have do...
  • Alexis
    I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was immediately drawn to the cover of this book. The title is written in a beautiful and classic font, there is a cat in the window (I love cats!), and it is not overwhelming, but not a simple design either. There was a good balance of color and illustration on the cover. I was immediately hooked at the beginning wondering what would happen with this girl that did not have a...
  • Shaye Miller
    This is the story of 12-year-old Lizzy Sherman, her best friend Joss, and a surprise visitor named Charlotte. Lizzy has had a rough two years. Her family endured a bad car wreck which ended her mother’s previous pregnancy, killing the baby she carried. After that experience, her mother went into a deep depression and the entire family felt so much sadness over the loss. Since then, Lizzy has looked for signs of good luck in hopes that things wi...
  • Karen McKenna
    I was just discussing with a student about how sometimes it is difficult to get into a new book, especially when you are introduced to entirely new characters and settings. I experienced that a bit with this book, but once I was 50 pages in, my experience completely reversed and I could not put it down. Once I entered Lizzy, Joss, and Charlotte's story, I had to know how it turned out. This book is a lot of fun. The friends develop a cat sweater ...
  • Gregandemy
    First, I would like to thank the publisher and author for the ARC of this title via netgalley in exchange for my honest review.I am having a hard time reviewing this book. The writing was good. The main character, Lizzy, and her family were sweet and likable. Its nice to see a youth book about a happy family working together- in this case literally and figuratively. They own and run a family diner under their apartment where they all work togethe...
  • Carolyn
    Note: I received this book from the author/publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I thought that this was a sweet story about hope, luck, and trying to find the good in life. Lubner was successful in creating a middle grade novel that handled some serious subjects (loss, divorce, fear) in a nice way that didn't feel too overwhelming or depressing. I liked the characters (human and feline alike) and the setting was gorgeous- can'...
  • Deanna Holdsworth
    Lizzy lives in a small town in Maine and looks for signs that guide her each day. She believes that by following the signs her life will not have sadness. She helps out at her family's diner as well as giving service to the local animal shelter. When Lizzy and her best friend follow a stray cat into an abandoned building they find more than the cat, they also discover a runaway girl. The three become friends when Lizzy invites the girl to stay in...
  • Olivia
    A solid middle grade novel. Lizzy is desperately looking for signs that her mom’s unborn baby will survive until birth, since she already lost one in a terrible car accident. When she and her best friend Joss discover a girl in an abandoned apartment, with a four leaf clover on her hand, it seems like a sign of good luck. Charlotte has run away from home and finds shelter, hiding with Lizzy. Lizzy’s need to find signs everywhere to let her kn...
  • Heather
    This is a wonderful book about a girl named Lizzy, who looks for signs to tell her how things in her life are going to turn out. When she discovers a runaway with a four-leaf clover tattoo, she thinks things will turn out well--mainly, she is worried about her mother's pregnancy.Lubner is to be commended for her wonderful storytelling. Readers will be pulled into the plot and may begin looking for signs themselves to tell them how the story will ...
  • T.J. Burns
    Nice! I read this book with my 11-year-old daughter and this evaluation will include both of our opinions. We both were fully emerged into the lives of Lizzy, Charlotte, and Joss. We loved the main characters with all their imperfections, along with the diverse, colorful adults, and of course the temperamental and endearing animal cast! We couldn't wait to get back to the book, night after night, to see how the characters develop and evolve. We l...
  • Lisa
    A sweet and gentle story about friendship, trust, and coming to terms with loss and uncertainty in life. Lizzy's small-town community feels true-to-life, from her family's cozy diner to the knitted cat sweater fundraiser (ha!) she works on with her best friend. And the way she and her friends learn to cope with heavier issues--runaways, divorcing parents, miscarriages--feels both realistic and brave. I was rooting for smart, resourceful Lizzy all...
  • Jodi McKay
    There is so much to love about this story. The themes of friendship, compassion, loss, and philanthropy mixed with well developed characters, cats, and the perfect small town setting make this a great read for kids and adults. Lizzy's search for good luck and her desperate attempt at keeping it when she think she finds it was a sweet, poignant way to show the effects of grief. This debut book by Susan Lubner checked all the boxes for me!
  • Danny Jacobs
    While reading this book I had to remind myself constantly who this book was written for; 8 to 12 year old children, not 27 year old adults like myself. The writing style is well done and the book was certainly interesting, it got dark (for 8 year olds) and allowed my very dark 27 year old brain to let my creative assumptions run wild until it was slapped in the face by what wouls only frighten small children.Great for kids not adults
  • Diane Dahlstrom
    Lizzy is a superstitious girl who looks for signs of hope for the future to help ease her emotions of past sadness and loss. Lizzy’s wit, wisdom and worrying teach us to never give up hope, and to embrace the “butterflies in the heart” no matter how difficult it may be. Beautifully written with heart and humor, Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl is a sure sign of more good things to come from Susan Lubner!
  • Beth
    Brimming with small-town charm, quirky characters and clever humor, Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl showcases just how courageous we must be to hold onto hope, especially after loss. Hand this to someone who might need gentle encouragement to love their corner of the world—and to anyone who has ever considered putting a sweater on a cat.
  • Betty Lankovits
    *3,5 stars*Such a heart-warming tale about a 12 years old girl. A sweet and gentle story about friendship, trust, and coming to terms with loss and uncertainty in life. I enjoyed reading it.I'd like to thank to the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review
  • Shelly Vidrich
    Such an adorable read, and heartfelt. I loved big hearted Lizzy and her family...and all of her pets! Great book that features some realistic and challenging issues including death and divorce but balanced with just the right amount of humor.