The thing about luck chapter summary

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The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Summer knows that kouun means good luck in Japanese, and this year her family has had none. Just when Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan, right before harvest season leaving Summer and her little brother, Jaz, in the care of their elderly grandparents, Obaachan and Jiichan.

Obaachan and Jiichan are old fashioned, very demanding, and easily disappointed. Between helping Obaachan cook for the workers and with all the other chores, and worrying about her little brother, who cant seem to make any friends, Summer has her hands full. But when a welcome distraction turns into a big mess, causing further disappointment, Summer realises she must try and make her own luck as it might be the only way to save her family.
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The Thing About Luck - Section 1, Chapters 1 - 3 Summary & Analysis

Summary: When her parents go to Japan to care for ill relatives, Summer and her brother Jaz must help their grandparents. For most that would not be bad luck, but for Summer it is nothing but bad luck. Her old fashioned grandparents are migrant harvest workers who go from farm to farm harvesting wheat. In the end, the bad luck ends and a new Summer emerges from the trials. Literary elements at work in the story: The use of gentle, character-driven exploration of familial bonds, helps give this story characters filled with quiet strength. The reader can identify with Summers struggles with her brother, her Japanese-American grandparents, her fear of getting bit by a mosquito and again getting malaria, and most of all, her struggle with her growing awareness of who she is and where she fits in her family.

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The Thing About Luck

There is bad luck, good luck, and making your own luck—which is exactly what Summer must do to save her family in this winner of the National Book Award by Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata. Just when she thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan—right before harvest season. Summer and her little brother, Jaz, are left in the care of their grandparents, who come out of retirement in order to harvest wheat and help pay the bills. But notice she does, and what begins as a welcome distraction from the hard work soon turns into a mess of its own. Having thoroughly disappointed her grandmother, Summer figures the bad luck must be finished—but then it gets worse. And when that happens, Summer has to figure out how to change it herself, even if it means further displeasing Obaachan.

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