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Just My Luck

Written by Jeff Anderson & illustrated by Tad Carpenter
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Zack Delacruz is back—and this time he has a crush! Zack really wants to meet Abhi, the new girl at school. But things get off to a rough start when he accidentally knocks her to the ground during a game of dodgeball. And whenever he tries to make amends, she just ignores him. Nothing works—not his friends’ advice or his “lucky” cologne. In fact, he just seems more and more cursed! Then, at the Fall Fiesta-val, Zack finally learns the real reason behind Abhi’s cold shoulder . . . but not before total chaos erupts. With a runaway train, exploding confetti-filled eggs, and Abhi’s terrifying older brother, will Zack ever get a chance to talk to his crush? In the end, Zack learns what it means to to listen and to be a good friend. This dynamite sequel captures the middle-school experience—and will keep readers laughing from beginning to end.

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Who Wrote Just My Luck

Jeff Anderson

About the Author: <br /> Jeff Anderson is the author of <i>Mechanically Inclined, Everyday Editing, </i><i> 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, </i>and <i>Revision Decisions</i>. <i>Zack Delacruz</i> is his debut middle grade novel. Jeff grew up in Austin, Texas, and learned to love writing by journaling and crafting stories to entertain his friends over the phone. A former elementary and middle school teacher, Jeff travels to schools across the country working with teachers and students to discover joy and power in the writing process. Jeff lives with his partner, Terry, and their dogs, Carl and Paisley. Find out more about Jeff at or follow him on Twitter @writeguyjeff. Jeff lives in San Antonio, TX.<br /><br /> About the Cover Illustrator: <br /> Tad Carpenter is a children’s book illustrator, designer, graphic arts teacher, and cofounder of Vahalla Studios, a screen printing studio whose clients include Myspace, Ray-Ban, Polo, John Mayer, The Shins, Wilco, and Neil Young. He lives in Kansas City, MO.<br /><br /> About the Interior Illustrator: <br /> Andrea Miller is an illustrator, a children’s book designer at Sterling Publishing, and a graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She lives with her wife, her six bookshelves, and a box of ink and brushes. <i>Zack Delacruz</i> is her first children’s book. Find her work online at Andrea lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Who Illustrated Just My Luck

Tad Carpenter

Tad Carpenter is a designer, author, teacher, and illustrator of many books for young readers. The New York Times Book Review raved of his Zoom! Zoom!, “Any child obsessed with trucks or backhoes or trains or steam shovels should get a jolt of pleasure from the vehicular energy on display here.” He lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Visit him online at

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