SUMMER of L.U.C.K
As a teacher, I absolutely loved the imagery used throughout the entire novel. The story is fun and engaging and allows kids to relate to situations with friends and parents that they may also be experiencing. The story encompasses magical realism - the friends who meet at a summer camp realize they can hear each other's thoughts on top of mysterious music that sets the scene for a super eerie abandoned warehouse near the camp. As they do what any typical kids would do - go explore the creepy abandoned warehouse - they are drawn in by someone who used to run the carnival, but in knowing him they learn far more than they could have ever imagined.
Themes for the classroom include building confidence, facing your fears, helping others, friendship and family.
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Laura Segal Stegman is a Los Angeles-based author and arts publicist whose middle grade debut novel, Summer of L.U.C.K., will be published in September 2020 by INtense Publications, followed by a sequel in 2021. Having grown up in Southern California with parents who valued reading, she remains spellbound by kidlit. Some of her favorite middle grade novels, then and now, are The Diamond in the Window, Ellen Tebbits, All of A Kind Family, Wonder, A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Miraculous. Laura’s non-fiction credits include collaboration on the travel book Only in New York, and her feature stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Westways Magazine and Christian Science Monitor, among others. A long-time publicity consultant, she owns Laura Segal Stegman Public Relations, LLC, which has represented a wide-ranging client list of businesses, arts organizations and non-profit events over the years. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Irvine with a B.A. in Drama. Laura and her husband live in Los Angeles and part-time in New York City. She loves reading, L.A. Dodgers baseball, classical music and theater.