Monday, July 10, 2017

Lottery Boy by Michael Byrne –OPTIONAL

Byrne, Michael Lottery Boy 290 pgs. Candlewick, 2016. $16.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears; 1 B used to describe a dog); Mature Content: PG (Youth Homelessness; drinking) Violence: PG (bullying)
Bully is a homeless boy who survives on the streets with the help of his pet dog, Jack. When he discovers a lottery ticket in an old birthday card, he also discovers he is a big winner, though too young to officially claim the prize. But he is used to being robbed by other homeless youth, and this is one item he doesn’t want taken. Suddenly it seems like everyone is after him and the time is ticking down to turn in the ticket.
This book felt soo long to me and I did not enjoy reading it. The book is stuffed with British street vernacular, giving it an authentic feel, but might be tricky for younger readers. I had difficulty connecting with the main character and was worried about his dog. There is plenty of danger in this book, but it’s kind of depressing rather than intriguing. There have got to be better options for middle school thrillers.

MS –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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