MONEY TO BURN by E.M. Goldman


Age Range: 10 - 14
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 Their summer vacation is a boring bummer and 14-year-olds Matt and Lewis are broke to boot--until they find $400,000 in an old suitcase believed to have belonged to a dead drug dealer. When the boys decide to keep their find a secret, the consequences surprise them: Spending money is a challenge when you can't say where you got it, so they concoct some elaborate schemes to explain their sudden wealth. While this first novel has enough subsidiary issues to fuel a soap opera (a not-very- maternal cop stepmother saves the day; an alcoholic father goes to AA and makes up with his son), the sideshows don't derail the entertaining story. Goldman keeps to her premise, makes her point without hitting readers over the head with it, and turns in a pair of well-developed main characters involved in a nice mix of suspense and humor. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-670-85339-9
Page count: 212pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1994


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