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These Unlucky Stars


Note from Gillian:

Have you ever wondered if luck plays a role in your life?


Meet Annie-she's convinced she's the unluckiest person in the whole universe. I wrote this book to explore the way an unexpected friendship can change someone's point of view. 


A Great Fit for:

  • Readers who like small-town stories with dogs and intergenerational friendship

  • Readers who sometimes feel a bit "stuck" in how they see the world 

  • Readers who love art and creativity

  • Parent/kid discussion: What makes someone feel lucky or unlucky? Why does Annie choose to help Gloria? Can first impressions always be trusted?

Honors & Awards

  • A Junior Library Guild selection

  • Publishers Weekly, starred review


Event with Newbery Honor winner Alicia Williams (with Anderson's Bookshop)

Book Details


Age range: 8-13

Grade level: 3-8

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

ISBN-10: 1547605383

ISBN-13: 978-1547605385

Hardcover art by Oriol Vidal, paperback art by Mirelle Ortega, design by Jeanette Levy

Available in:

  • Hardcover

  • Paperback

  • Ebook

  • Audio book, narrated by Stina Nielsen

Signed copies available through Quail Ridge Books
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