Billy Sure is the envy of his peers, a whiz-kid who has turned his invention into a moneymaking success story. What could go wrong?
The title opens as Billy and his best friend and business manager, Manny, prep for an appearance on a national TV show, Better Than Sleeping. As the All Ball creator and CEO of Sure Things, Inc., 12-year-old Billy is getting a lot of attention from all quarters. Billy’s excited but anxious when people begin to expect a lot out of him due to his fame. Everyone’s high expectations tug on his conscience as he does not know how he got the final plans for the All Ball. Could he be a fraud? And now, ever enterprising Manny wants to know what their next product is going to be. Can Billy figure out how to make the Sibling Silencer work, or will he let everyone down? Sharpe creates characters with high child appeal. The story is quickly paced, matching the urgency to constantly impress and create another wildly successful product. Ross adds comic details with his spot art that takes its cue from student sketches and doodles. Just when readers sense a satisfying ending, the last two pages point to a new mystery and a sequel.
Put this page-turner in the hands of those who appreciate a light read with a touch of mystery and humor. (Fiction. 8-11)