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When her mother mysteriously vanishes from the small town of Plains, Montana, 12-year-old Lucky Bird’s childhood comes to an abrupt end. Left to defend herself against her suddenly abusive grandmother, Marian, and forced to endure the twisted predatory games played out by Marian’s lover, Lucky soon finds herself trapped in a nightmare.

Even when she manages to escape, the outside world can’t take away the brutal images of her past. Still haunted by her mother’s disappearance and the trauma that followed, Lucky is easily led down a path of self-destruction—a path that only the intervention of a young stranger and his family can guide her away from. But first, Lucky will have to confront her demons, and the dark truths kept hidden.

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praise for i am lucky bird

The story of Lucky Bird is highly suspenseful. It will keep you hooked until the last page. The descriptive and concise words will give you a vision of each scene. I could hear the wind in the trees and hear the crunch of gravel on the country roads. Faced with a legacy of dysfunction, Lucky has to find her own way in life. I found myself pulling for her to make it out of her nightmare into a happier place. Her fate is placed in the hands of strangers and only time will tell how her story will end.
Pennie Christensen
I bought this book because it was referred to me by a friend. Once I cracked open the first page I couldn’t put it down! I read it while on vacation and found myself waking up in the middle of the night wanting to read more!! Ms Philips kept me on edge the whole time! I highly recommend it for anyone who likes suspense! Your heart will skip a beat or two!
Kris Kelly
A great book full of suspense and emotion. This was a great book with great characters and enough suspense that I couldn’t put it down. I read it all in one sitting and enjoyed it immensely. A must read book!
Shan Salois
I Am Lucky Bird is such a riveting read, from the start, even in the parts I wanted to turn away from it I couldn’t put it down. Lucky’s journey is powerful and amazing and so well written. I read it a few weeks ago and thinking about it still conjures the pictures of her life and the story in my mind, any book that stays with me that way is a testament to the writing. I am the type that always has a book by my bed and I couldn’t tell you what most of them were about two days after I finish them, but Lucky Bird has stayed with me.
Barbara Kerford
Everyone should read this book. You will love it? I couldn’t put the book down once I started reading “I am Lucky Bird”. Best book buy of the year. If you haven’t read it yet start today. :)
Kristen Nielson
Montana is like a second home to me, so I loved reading all of the references to the beautiful state. I Am Lucky Bird is a fast and entertaining read, full of characters that you won’t soon forget!
Chilling, suspenseful, and gritty from page one. Reminiscent of a Chris Crutcher novel. Strong metaphors–especially related to Bird, birds–and quality writing throughout.
C. Devore
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. It pulled at my heartstrings from beginning to end and I could not put it down. There is nothing better than an easy and compelling read. I am Lucky Bird was that and more! Great book – wonderful read!
I greatly enjoyed ‘I Am Lucky Bird.’ What a unique, heartbreaking, and powerful story. Lucky is such a strong protagonist, and I was so impressed by the way the author portrayed her horrible situation with her grandmother and Tom with authenticity and grace.
Samantha Stier
This is a great book. I couldn’t put it down. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is a good story with excellent character development. I would recommend it to any of my friends.
I can’t wait for Fleur Philips’ next book. Whatever it is, it will be a good read, I’m sure.
Gayle Pace
What a heart-wrenching book! It has been a long time since I read something that had a character I cared about this much. Lucky was so three-dimensional that it felt like she was sitting next to me the whole time I was reading. Needless to say every torment and heartache she suffered completely gripped me. This is a book full of emotion; Lucky has such a horrible life that you can’t help but reflect on the bitter irony of her name. But eventually there is hope, and just maybe Lucky will find love, and above all, the truth.
This book would make a great movie! The plot moves quickly and the story really sucks you in. Worth reading.
…one of the most stunning and visceral books I’ve read on child abuse this last decade. It is so brilliantly and beautifully written I found myself holding my breath through many of the passages…I highly recommend “I Am Lucky Bird” to all of my readers. 5 stars.
Deb Previte
Philips’ writing flows off the pages…The story still haunts me in many ways and the images that filled my head while reading are not easy to forget…I think Fleur Philips needs to be applauded as an author for adding special moments of beauty to such a tragic story…This novel deserves nothing less than 5 stars.
Roxanne Kade
When I first downloaded this book (all thanks to Netgalley), I read the blurb and figured that it sounded fairly innocent. I was very, very, VERY wrong. And honestly, it just blew my mind; how an author can even write about the various themes incorporated into this story is honestly beyond me. This read was absolutely amazing. Reread list? Definitely going on it at the very least. It’s a story I could never get sick of.
Violet Journal
“I read this book in one sitting, it is just so powerful…Although the subject matter is dark, the story is rich and powerful. A must read book, with spectacular writing and a protagonist who has found a special place in my heart.”
Minding Spot
Philips portrays a completely genuine character living a life that, unfortunately, is completely plausible and realistic…A truly lasting and emotional story, I Am Lucky Bird is a novel that has carved a home in my heart. Highly recommended.
Jenn’s Bookshelves
“Fleur Philips is an excellent writer. I Am Lucky Bird is a beautifully written debut, even while the subject matter is difficult to read…Very Highly Recommended.”
She Treads Softly
This is a gripping story, and you won’t be able to put the book down.
Hanging Off the Wire:
A story that will capture the hearts and minds of readers.
WTF Are You Reading?
I finished this book in one, less than 2 hour sitting-I couldn’t stop reading it. Period…It’s hard to believe this is the author’s debut novel!…Lucky’s tale will stay with you, and make you want to share the book with everyone you know!
Bless Their Hearts Mom Reviews
I can literally say I do not remember the last time I felt so connected to a character. I feel very strongly about this book, as I think it is an excellent tool for teaching. I think that schools and book clubs for teens everywhere should consider this book for utilization. There are some marvelous lessons to be taught in here, and great discussion points. I would not tell an adult book club to turn this one away either, as it is truly a book worth talking about. I can personally say that I am looking forward to whatever may be next in Fleur Philip’s writing career.
Library at the End of the Universe
…a deeply emotional book that would stay with me for hours after I put it down and for days after I read the last page…Hands down, one of my favorite reads of 2012!!
Chick Lit Central
“Beautifully written, raw and dark in places, haunting and ethereal in others, I Am Lucky Bird will seduce the reader, capturing Lucky’s emotions perfectly, allowing them to share her horrors, her downfalls, her despair, as well as her healing, her rebirth and her success, as if she were a part of our family. This book will settle under the skin, and live there, and deliver a tale of strength and deliverance that is unique and beautiful, from page one, to it’s final word.”
Luxury Reading
This is just a non stop book, beautifully written. I am highly recommending it!
A Novel Review
Beautifully written and featuring a young girl with a strong voice, author Fleur Philips tackles sensitive subjects such as child abuse, abandonment and coming of age with quiet strength.
Reader Girls Blog
It’s simply a spectacular book…I can’t wait to see what Fleur writes next!
Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf
With Lucky, Philips has a heroine that is recognisable and real, and all too human. With deftness and deceptive simplicity, she takes Lucky on an almost unbearable journey, from the ruins of one life to the joyous redemption that love and the kindness of strangers can bring.
Jennifer Howard