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Four best friends, one lucky bracelet, and an utterly charming new middle-grade series!

Caitlin would stay at summer camp forever if she could. Her new best friends in the world, Hannah, Mia, and Libby are there. And at home? Everything's different: Her dad is worried he might be losing his job; her mom is repainting the whole house and making the kids volunteer at a soup kitchen; and Caitlin is starting sixth grade at a new school, where none of the girls are as fun or friendly as her Cabin 7 BFFs. But Caitlin has a good-luck charm -- or a good-luck charm bracelet anyway. The Cabin 7 girls bought it together, and Caitlin is taking the first turn wearing it. She's sure it will help turn her luck around . . . but when?

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Scholastic

Charmed Life: Caitlin's Lucky Charm

by Lisa Schroeder

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Charmed Life: Caitlin's Lucky Charm is just as it sounds--a charming book that follows Caitlin's life, as she arrives back home from summer camp. At camp she made three new BFFs and now they all plan to keep in touch via real mail. They also bought a charm bracelet together and have plans to pass it around, with each person adding a charm, as each needs a little luck and reminder of friendship in their life.


Caitlin's Lucky Charm is the first of four books in a series by Lias Schroeder. Each book is from the perspective of each of the friends. The format of the book is a little confusing, in that the main part is what is happening to a character away from camp. However, there are flash backs, memories, and journal entries from camp woven in, as well as the letters that the other three friends are writing to the main character. While this book follows an 11 year old, it will appeal to the younger precocious readers as well. The one caveat is that the letters they send to one another are printed out in the book in cursive type, so a younger reader will need to be able to read in cursive as well.


As said in the beginning, Charmed Life is a charming book and appears to be a charming series. It reads with an innocence and a sweetness that is hard to find in books. At times as an adult, I found it rather simplistic how difficult subjects like an impending job loss are dealt with, but my daughter found it just right for a ten year old. She is already looking for the other books in the series and thought the characters easy to relate to.

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Unemployment, homelessness.

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Reviewed By Sally
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