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From the Inside Flap

L is for Lucky. . . .

And that's just how Lucky O'Leary feels when the lottery ticket his grandfather sends him for Christmas turns out to be a million-dollar winner! But before Lucky can cash it in, someone sneaks into his house and steals it. Now it's up to Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose to track down the thief and return the ticket . . . before Lucky loses out!

About the Author

RON ROY has been writing books for children since 1974. He is the author of dozens of books, including the popular A to Z Mysteries®, Calendar Mysteries, and Capital Mysteries. When not working on a new book, Ron likes to teach tricks to his dog Pal, play poker with friends, travel, and read thrilling mystery books.
 
STEPHEN GILPIN is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of children’s books, including the popular and very funny Pirate Mom. He brings his fresh, kid-friendly style to all the covers of the A to Z Mysteries® series.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (November 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679894608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679894605
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I'm totally convinced that I am a writer today because I loved books as a kid."--Ron Roy

Ron Roy is the author of the popular A to Z Mysteries series, as well as the Capital Mysteries series, and several picture books. He lives in Connecticut.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

"When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?" I have been asked that question many times since my first book, A Thousand Pails of Water, was published in 1978. Now that I've had so many years to think of an answer, I guess I have to say that at age nine I had an inkling that words were going to be a big part of my life.

When I turned nine, I received for my birthday a wonderful gift--a book. It was about King Arthur and his knights. Even though I vividly remember the shiny blue and red cover and the smell of the new paper, I don't remember the author. But I thank her or him every day of my writing life. That writer stirred up something in me that has been bubbling ever since: a love for reading, and the urgent need to put words down on paper.

In spite of my love for reading, writing as a profession never occurred to me until I became an adult. I worked at an odd variety of jobs before I realized that writing was what I really wanted to do for the rest of my life. Over the years, I waited tables, sold hot dogs, and drove a "Tooth" van from which I taught kids how to brush their teeth and floss. One year I traveled across the world to Hong Kong and taught English to Vietnamese adults. I wrote feature stories for a newspaper and designed letterhead for a printer. One happy summer I worked as a camp counselor.

After two years in the navy and more travel, I landed in the freshman class at the University of Connecticut. Naturally, I majored in English literature. More doors opened for me as I read poetry, novels, essays, and did my share of writing. Still, I did not see myself as a writer. I knew that I enjoyed being around kids, so I became a schoolteacher.

And then, finally, in a fourth-grade classroom, the light bulb in my head flickered on and shone brightly. Its message was, I WANT TO WRITE! In my classroom, I was surrounded by kids and their books. I read those books and fell in love with the characters, the authors, the messages. I was hooked, but I never fought. I allowed myself to be reeled in.

My writing life began one evening after reading parts of Charlotte's Web to my class. Home from teaching, I walked into my apartment, dropped my bookbag, and headed for the typewriter (this was before word processing came along!). I wrote my first story that night and sent it to a book publisher the next day. Four weeks later I received my first rejection slip. But by then, I had written more stories, and they, too, were in the mail, soon to appear on editors' desks around the country.

The rejection slips came in, often flooding my mailbox. But I wrote, and I sent my best work along to a long list of publishing houses. Although more rejection slips arrived with each mail, I never felt rejected. My routine was set, and it didn't change: I taught by day and wrote by night. Each evening found me hunched over the typewriter creating characters, settings, and plots. Most weekends I walked on the beach with a dream in my head and a notebook in my back pocket. From those dreams and notes I wrote story after story.

Four years passed. Dozens of book manuscripts had been written, sent, and rejected. Then the day came when one of those "rejection" envelopes turned out to contain not a rejection but an acceptance. "Dear Mr. Roy . . . We are happy to tell you that we would love to publish your book. . ." Those seventeen words changed my life. I was no longer a schoolteacher who tried to write. I was going to be a published author!

Today, with more than 50 children's books behind me, I can think of no other occupation that would make me as happy. As a writer, I get to do all the things I love most: speak to kids, invent stories, travel, and of course, read. My A to Z Mysteries series sends me to classrooms where I listen to and learn so much from the students. I receive letters from young readers across the globe, and I answer every letter. Many of the letters contain suggestions for new plots, titles, characters. One girl asked if I would use her dog in one of my mysteries. What a great idea, I thought, and invented a canine character for an upcoming book.

Children ask about my writing, but they also want to know about my personal life. "Where do you live?" "Do you have any pets?" "What's your favorite food, color, author, TV show?" I'm happy to tell kids about my life as a writer as well as my life as a person. I live in an old farmhouse in Connecticut. My property consists of three acres of large trees, a barn, and a wonderful chicken coop. Recently, I brought a few chickens to live there, and they have become pets. Like E. B. White (my favorite author!) I love the sound and smell and warmth of animals. But since I travel a lot, I can't fill my barn with critters.

"Where do you get your ideas?" is a question that teachers ask often. "Everywhere," I respond, then I give specifics. Ideas come from reading newspapers and books. Ideas come from TV shows and movies and the news on the radio. I bring ideas back from trips, from church, from the grocery store. The letters I receive from kids are often filled with ideas.

The idea for my first published book evolved from a stroll on the beach. While walking, I came upon an overturned horseshoe crab. With legs frantically waving, the crab tried unsuccessfully to flip over onto its stomach. I uprighted the crab, then watched it scurry into the water and swim away. From that little episode came A Thousand Pails of Water, my picture book about a boy and a beached whale. Not really much of a leap--I saved a crab, the boy in my book saved a whale.

I smile when kids ask me if I write every hour of every day. Some writers do, I suppose, but I find that I need a balance. I spend a goodly number of hours each week actually writing but leave plenty of time for playing with friends, going to the movies and on vacations, and taking naps with my cat. I also work on my house, which seems to require a lot of attention.

In many ways, however, I am "writing" even when doing chores. As I paint my barn, I am thinking of story plots. As I weed my garden, I daydream about new characters. When I nap, I dream about the next mystery in my series . . . and the next.

It's a cycle, really. As a child, I loved to read. Reading led me to writing as a career. I share my books--and thus my love for reading and writing--with children. From them I receive warm feelings and some great ideas.

Now when I write my books, one of my hopes is that I can give back at least a part of the joy I have received.

Happy reading!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
I wish I could win a seven million dollar lottery ticket for my very own. If you would like to win a lottery ticket, you will sure like this book, because the three best detectives in the whole wide world are in this book and they catch a real lottery ticket thief! The book is also set in winter, many kids favorite time of the year. Although my favorite A to Z Mystery book is The Absent Author, I think this one is pretty good, and I think you'll like it too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Canfield on July 12, 2008
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My 8 year old son was a reluctant reader. It was this book that finally got him "hooked." He could not wait to read the next chapter. He has since read several more of the A to Z books and loves them all. I highly recommend this book and series for Second and Third Graders!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Student Reviewers on August 11, 2004
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The book Lucky Lottery is a good book because it is interesting to read about the mystery. The book is kind of hard to read, but it is fun to see what happens next. We recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2001
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We really liked this book (Mom included). Josh, Dink and Ruth Rose worked well together to solve this mystery and catch the thief. We were all surprised about the ending. We wish we could cross-country ski all over our town! Ron Roy's stories always entertain us and we can't wait to get the next in the series - The Missing Mummy.
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The Lucky Lottery by Ron Roy. It is Christmas vacation and snow is everywhere. The homebase for these books is Connecticut, where it snows. The beautiful snow on the cover is enough to attract anybody. And this book can be judged by its cover.

Anyway, on with the book. As Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose (the three main characters and best friends to each other) are outside playing in the snow, two visitors come over and tell that that their big brother, Lucky O'Leary want them to come over to their house because he needs to talk to them about something.

The three kids go over to Lucky's house. Lucky tells them that he had the winning lottery ticket, but someone came inside their house and stole it. He needs these three kid detectives to find his lottery ticket. Of course, the kids don't turn him down. They eagerly agree to take on the task. But inside, they wonder how are they going to track down a winning stolen lottery ticket, and where do they even start.

The winning ticket was bought and given to them by their grandfather, Hector O'Leary. They go to the Atrium, the elderly-housing building in which he lives to talk to him about it. They find out where he purchased the ticket, and who was on duty at the time.

Then they go to the store where it was purchased at, and talk to the clerk who sold him the ticket, Dot Calm. They ask her questions. Then they go on more sleuthing trips. They talk to people and gather information. But that's all I'm telling you. You have to read the book to find out the rest.

And believe me, this book is too good to miss.

Will they find the missing/stolen lottery ticket and its thief?

Highly recommended.
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My eight year old granddaughter had loved being read to at bedtime, and had become an excellent reader. However in the third grade she discovered electronic games on her mother's iPad. She no longer wanted to read stories, even Chaptr Books in her Advanced Reading class. This became a problem every evening when she didn't want to read 20 minutes as part of her homework. I decided to try combining reading with electronics. Many children's books from the 3rd grade AR List are listed in Amazon ebooks so I asked her to find one she would like to read and ordered it on my Kindle. She chose this book by Ron Roy and was soon walking around holding my Kindle, engrosed in reading it. She identified with the characters and their exciting adventurs. She now asks for more books in the A to Z Mystery series and I'm sure when I finish getting the rest in his series she will want books in other series by this author. Now, she has to be limired readind the Kindle so she can do her other homework.
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By Ryan Koral on February 14, 2015
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o thout it was so good! I read this at school and I wanted to read for 2 hours. i think this book should be 8$! i want to read all of ron roys books because they are so good! i would give it 200 stars out of 200stars i should read this book again.it is the best book i read in my life.ron roy should be famous im going to read all his books nothing can stop me.my favorite book series are az mysteries.everybody in the world should read az i would rather read this more than play minecraft.well thats all i have to sat
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A Kid's Review on June 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
"A to Z Mysteries: The Lucky Lottery" is about this kid named Lucky. His family does a contest every year and he never wins. But this year, he wins, but then someone steals his lottery ticket. Now Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose have to find out who stole the lottery ticket. That's all I will tell you about the book. I give this book 5 stars because it will keep you hooked at the edge of your seat. It's action packed! I hope you enjoy this book because I know I did!
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