I would like to be a billionaire. Who wouldn't? I figured this would be a good story to read to see what kind of curse having that much money could bring. It turned out to be a good adventure in which the 13 year boy, Gerald, discovers that he has (or had) a great-aunt Geraldine (whom he was named after), and who appears to have been a billionaire. Despite having never known her, she leaves her entire fortune (minus a few odds and ends left to other people) to Gerald, and she leaves him information that leads him on an adventure to locate her killer. The Billionaire's Curse by Richard Newsome (Lexile: 730; Interest Level: Grades 3-6) was a fun story to read, but I can't claim it was one of my favorites. There were some inconsistencies in the language of the book, but it was certainly fun to watch Gerald make new friends and start a new life where he could afford anything he wanted. This book is the first book in a series.
Obert Skye's second book in The Creature From My Closet series, Potterwookiee (Lexile: 820; Reading level: Grades 4-8) is every bit as fun as the first (Wonkenstein). In this story, Rob's closet opens and a creature that seems to be part Harry Potter and part Chewbacca the Wookie emerges, and causes Rob to follow along on some adventures. The character, whom Rob calls Hairy, seems to look like Chewbacca and have a personality that is mostly Harry Potter. Rob and his friends encounter a bully, difficulties with a Tuffin, and a chance to be on a TV cooking show. But what will happen when Rob challenges Janae in the cooking competition? And what if Potterwookiee's magic gets stronger? If you liked Wonkenstein, and
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.