Fortune Falls by Jenny Goebel Format: Hardcover Publisher: Scholastic Press Number of Pages: 208 Published: January 5th, 2016 Source: Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review for the purposes of the Cybils
Fortune Falls is one of those "what if" stories. What if all of those expressions or superstitions that we use were really true? So, if you stepped on a crack it really does break your mom's back and eating an apple a day does keep the doctor away. To Sadie, this is just life in Fortune Falls. At the moment Sadie is considered to be an undetermined, meaning she hasn't reached her twelfth birthday yet, so her fate to determine whether she is an Unlucky or Lucky hasn't been tested yet. Sadie is really hoping that she will be a Lucky. Otherwise, she will be sent away to school, for the protection of everyone else. But, Sadie has also been having an inclination that she might be headed for being chosen Unlucky, bad things have been happening around her once too often. Going away to school would also mean that she would lose her best friend Cooper, so she will have to do something drastic to change her luck.
This was such a fun read. I really enjoyed looking for all of the superstitions that I read growing up and watching the humorous ways they were incorporated into the story. The friendship between Cooper and Sadie was really sweet, especially how he tries to help her improve her luck. I'm not sure how I felt about the luck test and the idea that if you happened to be lucky then you stayed at Flourish Academy, but if you were unlucky, then you had to go to Bane School for the Unluckies. I really didn't want Cooper and Sadie to get separated, and was rooting for Sadie to pass her test. Overall, a wonderful story of the hardships of being unlucky, friendship and perseverance to try to change what you feel is your destiny.