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Fiona's Luck
ISBN: 9781570916434
Author: Bateman, Teresa/ Murphy, Kelly (ILT)
Publisher: Charlesbridge Pub Inc
Published: February 2009
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Annotation: Once, luck was as free to be had in Ireland as sunlight, and just as plentifulthanks to the leprechauns. But now all that luck was locked away, sealed with a spell by the greedy leprechaun king. Fiona, a woman of middling importance but uncommon wit, sets out to bring luck back to Ireland by besting the Leprechaun King in a test of cleverness.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: E
Lexile Measure: 810
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Target Grade/Age Group: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Grade level: Kindergarten
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 8.25" W
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Myths & Legends, Fantasy, Early Elementary
Grade level(s): 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 112701
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q40245
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 2.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
During the Irish famine, Fiona uses her wits to force the wily leprechaun king to let some luck back into the human world. The magical world is imbued with subtle colors and sparkles with star-shaped bits of luck while the "big folks" are forced to live in a more monochromatic environment. This inventive story has the cadence of a folktale. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall)
During the Irish famine, Fiona uses her wits to force the wily leprechaun king to let some luck back into the human world. The magical world is imbued with subtle colors and sparkles with star-shaped bits of luck while the "big folks" are forced to live in a more monochromatic environment. This inventive story has the cadence of a folktale. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 January #1)

A greedy leprechaun king gets his comeuppance at the hands of a clever lass in this plucky Irish folktale. Distressed that free-roaming leprechaun luck was being soaked up by all the "big folk" who had arrived in Ireland, the king of the leprechauns ordered all his people's luck to be gathered and locked in a hidden treasure chest. Alas, they went too far and Ireland suffered its worst luck ever in the form of the potato famine. In short order, a sharp young woman named Fiona hatches a plan to retrieve Irish luck from the leprechauns, a plan that involves outsmarting the wee king with inventive reasoning and a bit of playacting. Bateman's (The Ring of Truth ) original story brims with the entertaining hallmarks of folklore and fairytales (e.g., magic, a test of wits, a wish granted). But her wordy writing style often slows the proceedings and may confuse younger readers trying to puzzle out the bargain between Fiona and her leprechaun foil. Murphy's (Boll Weevil Ball ) textured mixed-media compositions, in a predominantly dusky palette, keep pace with the action. Freckle-faced Fiona's changeable expressions hint at her scheming and the lively sweet-faced leprechauns flit across the pages. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 April)
K-Gr 5-Using the background of the Irish potato famine, Bateman weaves a tale of Irish history and leprechauns, threads it with optimism, and embroiders it with cleverness and luck. At one time, luck was in abundance in Ireland-until the leprechaun king got angry at the humans for soaking it all up. Using a spell, he steals it away. The people fall on hard times, and Fiona uses her wits to get it back from the wily king. Murphy's illustrations are richly toned and evocative. Some are spreads, full of color in a folk-art style; on other pages, the smaller spot illustrations highlight the details in the story. Each page is a harmonious blend of artwork and text, which makes the story an engaging read-aloud, and it's also accessible to young readers. Children will love this tale, particularly the facial expressions on Fiona and the small people who surround her, and they'll delight in the young woman's cleverness and quick thinking.-Luella Teuton, Western Kentucky University College of Education, Bowling Green, KY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.