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Money to Burn Hardcover – April 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; First Edition edition (April 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670853399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670853397
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,561,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-7-A hot, boring summer looms before Matt and Lewis. Then they discover an old suitcase buried in the dirt that's full of money-$400,000 worth. Matt is ecstatic, but Lewis wants to turn it in to the police. It becomes obvious that their find is drug money hidden by a dealer who is now dead. They decide to keep it all and tell no one. Spending their fortune is a major problem though, since their parents are sure to notice their wealth in no time. They develop an ingenious plan that involves Dermot, an eccentric local poet who is also an alcoholic. Inevitably other characters from the drug world show up to search for the missing suitcase, with Dermot and the boys caught in the middle. Disaster is averted only at the last minute. This is a rollicking adventure, full of suspense, action, and humor. The boys are typical young teens who wrestle with the issue of keeping something that doesn't belong to them. Their greed conquers their better judgment, which leads them into a frightening confrontation with men far greedier than they. The plot moves at a lively pace. There's a moral here, but the author is not heavy-handed with it. Unfortunately, there are a couple of stereotypical comments about the Chinese. This is lightweight fare but it will surely attract middle-grade readers. After all, what kid hasn't wondered what it would be like to have "money to burn?"-Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 6-8. Short of cash and too young to get "real" jobs, 14-year-old Matt Snow and his friend Lewis face the prospect of a very boring summer--until they stumble across a suitcase containing $400,000. They know that they should turn it in to the authorities, but when they learn it was almost certainly the ill-gotten loot of a drug dealer who died, they decide to keep it. Suddenly all their troubles are over--or are they? How do two kids spend that kind of money without looking suspicious? And what happens if the dead man's cronies come looking for the loot? Goldman has created a fast-paced, funny, and almost believable adventure, with an exciting, dangerous climax that is sure to appeal to readers. The cast of characters is well-drawn: Matt and Lewis are thoroughly likable, and the adults, including Matt's father and Dermot, the eccentric town hermit and self-styled poet the boys "hire" to help them spend the loot, are also nicely depicted. This one will be an easy booktalk. Chris Sherman

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 30, 2005
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E.M. Goldman's "Money to Burn", is certainly NOT a crowd pleaser. It's a story of two kids, Matt and Lewis, who find a suitcase containing $4oo,ooo. The two kids celebrate by spending the money as much as they can. Soon, troubles hit the two, they have troubles spending the money all at once because they can't explain how they obtained it. The troubles the money brings them tought Matt, Lewis, and perhaps even the reader, that money is not always worth the trouble. By now you may be thinking, "this is a great and interesting topic", and you are right, it is. However, E.M. Goldman has ruined her oppurtunity to make this book a hit by wandering off the subject, which confuses the reader often, and making the kids' problems too "small scaled", which made the book just plain boring. I would describe this book as a book that could certainly have been marvelous, but wasn't due to the authors mistakes, a shame indeed.
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