January 2012, Anderson Press
ARC 180 pages, Paperback
Themes: school life, family ups and downs, parental separation, unemployment, depression, mean girls, life changing secrets, bonds of sisterhood, a few tissues are needed, there's also a lot of humour.
Book blurb (not quite yet up on the publisher's website)
Lolly Luck is lucky by name, lucky by nature. But suddenly her luck begins to change.
Lolly always wins magazine competitions, on scratch cards and any game you can think of. But when Lolly's dad loses his job and then the family home, Lolly's luck starts to change. And when she overhears her parents arguing, she learns a secret that will change her life forever.
Lolly is a real sweetheart, who understandably doesn't find it easy to deal with the challenges life throws at her. The bond she has with her sister helps her, even though they bicker a lot and have normal sibling rivalry. I wanted to cry wheb Zola comforted Lolly in the major revelation chapter. The issues dealt in this book make it a true to life story, with lots of tricky situations hitting Lolly all at once. Emotion rises up off the pages, so much so I can't list all of my favourite parts. Definitely 10/10 material!
You can find out more about Ellie on her website.
For another girl whose life challenges occur when she's in a school play, check out Star Makers Club: Polly Plays Her Part by Anne-Marie Conway (only now do I realise how similar Polly & Lolly's names are!)