Lottery boy

by Byrne, Michael,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Fiction juv BYRNE Michael
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  juv BYRNE Michael
CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Byrne
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Fiction
Call Number  TEEN FICTION Byrne
In a gripping thriller with a hint of Oliver Twist, a street kid and his dog are chasing an unlikely fortune -- and dodging the thugs who would steal it.

Twelve-year-old Bully has lost his mum and his old life. Living rough on the streets of London with his dog, Jack, he can't imagine a future. But one day he finds, tucked inside his most cherished possession--the last birthday card his mother ever gave him--a lottery ticket he bought her. And it's a winner. A big winner. Suddenly there's hope, if only he can get to his prize on time! But just as Bully's prospects open up, peril closes in. Now ruthless gangsters are in hot pursuit, and everyone wants a piece of him. Whom can he trust to help him retrieve what's his? And even if Bully does claim all that money, will he really be winning what he needs most? Michael Byrne's thrill-packed debut delivers the emotionally charged story of a boy whose luck has changed for the better, if only he can survive long enough to claim it.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Bully has been sleeping rough and begging for change on the London streets for a few months now. After his mum died, he decided to live by his own rules, but street life is painful and difficult, especially on the days when thugs like Janks come around. His only comfort is his dog, Jack, a scruffy but loyal mutt, and a birthday card in which his mum recorded a voice greeting. By happenstance, Bully discovers a winning lottery ticket shoved into the battery compartment of the card. Stunned and with only days to cash in, he seeks a friendly face with whom to share his joy and some of his winnings in exchange for help. Instead what he finds is a citywide manhunt with his lottery ticket as the target. The British voice is strong and, while it may be difficult for some readers, plants the book squarely within its setting. This first novel is grim and brutal, yet still offers a sliver of hope for Bully and his future.--Booth, Heather Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this adrenaline-charged page-turner, 12-year-old Bully, a homeless runaway in London, discovers a winning lottery ticket tucked into a cherished possession, his last birthday card from his deceased mother. With only five days to collect his prize before the claim expires, Bully needs to find an adult he can trust, because he's too young to play the lottery. Told primarily from Bully's viewpoint, the story reveals the world Bully sees, full of "zombies"-adults with "that getting-away look that zombies gave you... if you started trying to talk to them too much like they were human beings"-and menace, exemplified by a man named Janks, who breeds and tortures pit bulls, runs dog fights, "taxes" the homeless, and comes after Bully when he learns of the ticket. Relying on his well-trained dog, military tactics learned from his stepfather, and his own courage and ingenuity, Bully desperately tries to evade Janks's army of street soldiers, with ever-worsening odds. Occasional kindnesses and acts of genuine compassion soften the impact of the neglect, cruelty, and betrayal Bully negotiates in this gut-wrenching, gripping debut. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Orphans -- Juvenile fiction.
Homelessness -- Juvenile fiction.
Lottery winners -- Juvenile fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
Homelessness -- Fiction.
Lottery winners -- Fiction.
London (England) -- Juvenile fiction.
London (England) -- Fiction.
Publisher Somerville, Massachusetts :Candlewick Press,2016
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 290 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780763679965
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