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Dead Cat Bounce

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  58 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
One boy must stop the world's greatest financial conspiracy . . . .

Sixteen-year-old Jonah Lightbody is shocked when the world erupts in the greatest financial crisis it has ever seen . . . and the bank where he and his father work has blood on its balance sheet. The head trader claims that Jonah's father is to blame--the trades that caused the crash came from his computer
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Razorbill (first published September 1st 2012)
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May 28, 2014 Ebehi rated it liked it
It was a good story. At some points I really needed to suspend my disbelief because it rang a bit too action-moviey to me (view spoiler) but it moved along nicely and was interesting.

What really irked me throughout the entire story were the references to "Africa." They did it over and over and over again. Not any particular country, just Africa. Finally we get one mention of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and later Namibia. Bu
May 21, 2014 Wisteriouswoman rated it really liked it
Loved it! Exciting adventure that boys and girls would both like to read. There aren't enough thrillers out there for teens especially ones that discuss something like the stock market--a subject rarely covered in high school. Quite a different setting than you usually see in a teen novel. I like the fact that the author shies away from making Jonah a killer. But be warned--there is violence in the book.

It shows how teens can be groomed by adults especially when they don't have a good relations
Jake Prest
Jun 11, 2014 Jake Prest rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am always looking for action and suspense novels for teens, and Alex Rider and the Riordan mythology series' provided that. But I was looking for something more, and then I saw this at my local library. Jonah, the main character, is one of the most profound and interesting characters in the novel. Not because he's a 16 year old trader who has enough money to last a lifetime, but because his loyalty remains the same: his father, a man who has endured enough embarrassment since becoming a trader ...more
Sherry Thompson
Mar 18, 2013 Sherry Thompson rated it really liked it
Jonah Lightbody has never had a good relationship with his father. When the opportunity arises for him to participate in “Take Your Children to Work Day”, he thinks this might be his chance to bond with his dad, who works at a large stock trading firm in London.

When Jonah walks into the firm, he is awestruck by all the activity. Jonah gets caught up in the stock frenzy by entering trades for the Baron, a notoriously successful broker, and his group, “The Whistlers”. Although his dad tries to war
May 21, 2013 Svenja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jonah ist zwölf als sein Vater ihn das erste Mal mit zu seiner Arbeitsstelle in der Bank nimmt. Da Jonahs Vater nur wenig Zeit für ihn hattet, widmet der Baron dem Jungen seine Zeit. Der Baron führt Jonah in eine Welt voller Zahlen, Aktien und Geld und Jonah ist fasziniert davon.
Schnell steht für ihn fest, er möchte werden wie der Baron, als sein Vater seine Begeisterung für den Baron und seine Arbeit mag unterbindet er dieses Verhältnis und schickt Jonah wieder zurück auf das Internat, doch wäh
Oct 22, 2012 Seabrooke rated it really liked it
I don't normally write reviews, but as this currently has so few I thought it might be helpful.

Like pretty much any book out there, this one had its strengths and weaknesses. Strengths: high stakes, great tension, quick pacing, smart protagonist, and an interesting and different subject than is typical for YA. It read a little like Cory Doctorow Lite.

Weaknesses: Mainly that the first 100 pages are effectively the backstory/worldbuilding for the actual story action. It would probably have been a
In Jonahs Leben ist nichts mehr, wie es einmal war. Von einem Tag auf den anderen hat er sich auf dem Börsenparkett einen Namen gemacht und plötzlich liegt die Welt ihm zu Füßen. Er hat alles: Geld, Macht, schöne Frauen. Doch das luxuriöse Leben hat seinen Preis. Zu spät merkt Jonah, dass er Spielball einer perfiden Intrige ist und von mächtigen Feinden gejagt wird. Ein skrupelloser, elitärer Kreis hat es auf ihn abgesehen und treibt ihn bis ins tiefe Herz von Afrika. Dort muss Jonah sich der bi ...more
Sep 18, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
Confession: I find stocks very, very boring. Reading passages about Jonah Lightbody learning about stocks and derivatives from his father and then his father-figure the Baron was like listening to my father talk about them. Now, Bennett explains the bare minimum needed for DEAD CAT BOUNCE to make any sense, but that was still almost too much for me. That is how boring I think stocks are.

Second confession: Economics classes and friends who work in financial sectors have pretty much convinced me t
Mar 13, 2013 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Was hältst du davon, mit mir zu den Überfliegern zu kommen?"

Ein kleiner Einblick
An dem Tag, als der 12-jährige Jonah Lightbody seinen Vater am sogenannten "Vater-Sohn-Tag" zu seinem Arbeitsplatz bei Helsby, Cattermole & Partners in London begleitet, ändert sich für ihn alles. Sein Vater ist Börsenmakler und handelt an den Finanzmärkten. Jonas wird sofort gefangen genommen von der besonderen Atmosphäre, die in der Bank vorherrscht. Man kann das viele Geld riechen, die Macht spüren, die dav
Mar 26, 2013 Manja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Jonahs Leben ist nichts mehr, wie es einmal war. Von einem Tag auf den anderen hat er sich auf dem Börsenparkett einen Namen gemacht – und plötzlich liegt die Welt ihm zu Füßen. Er hat alles: Geld, Macht, schöne Frauen. Doch das luxuriöse Leben hat seinen Preis. Zu spät merkt Jonah, dass er Spielball einer perfiden Intrige ist und von mächtigen Feinden gejagt wird. Ein skrupelloser, elitärer Kreis hat es auf ihn abgesehen und treibt ihn bis ins tiefe Herz von Afrika. Dort mus
Jessica Harrison
Oct 13, 2012 Jessica Harrison rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, young-adult
Full review at Cracking the Cover
“Dead Cat Bounce” was not what I was expecting. It was fast-moving, exciting and (toward the end) action-packed. Wow.

Author Nic Bennett has made economics exciting. Granted, there’s conspiracy involved, but his descriptions of actual trading were actually interesting. The first half of “Dead Cat bounce” is heavy on the banking/trading side, but it doesn’t feel out of place nor is it boring. Nic’s pacing and his ability to build tension are what make this book a s
Aug 27, 2013 Kay rated it really liked it
Great debut novel by Nic Bennett. Although the book starts off slowly it quickly gains pace and is an exciting read that will particularly appeal to boys. Jonah starts working at a financial stock trading firm and much to the displeasure of his Dad who he has a strained relationship with, the Baron becomes his mentor. It is an exhilarating time for Jonah but the Baron is also deeply involved in a money-making group and Jonah and his Dad find themselves caught up in it. They seek refuge in Africa ...more
Nov 04, 2013 Lance rated it it was amazing
Shelves: outside-reading
Jonah Lightbody is essentially an orphan; his mother abandoned him and his father is mysteriously distanced. His world is shaken when he comes to his dad's job and meets "The Baron" who shows him how to play the stock market. This book had strong themes of redemption and forgiveness.The amount of background information that contained within this book proves that Nic Bennett fully understands the world of stocks. His characters each hold a little of his admiration of the stock market.
Aidan Bizony
Dec 08, 2013 Aidan Bizony rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Aidan by: Book Club
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
A Truly fascinating read, I was hooked from the first page! There is some bias as Nic Bennet is the father of an old friend, but I really do think that despite my connection to the author his book is a riveting read. I also like how Nic has taken something relatively boring by your sterotypical teenager and managed to tell its story in such a captivating manner. I really deem myself lucky to have read this Bennet masterpiece. I think we need a sequel.
Feb 01, 2013 Marguerite rated it it was amazing
I thought the relationship between father and son was interesting in this story as it illustrates a lot of teens to not know much about their parents. The action in this book kept my interest. I am excited to recommend this book to the high school teachers with whom I work since I think a lot of their students will enjoy it.
Dec 31, 2013 Carol rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
3.5 FUN! Strong teen guy protagonist is thrilled to find himself @ the center of righting a world-wide financial crisis. Learned what the book titles means! Read it!
Apr 15, 2013 Melliott rated it liked it
The writing was a little self-conscious, but this was a fun book for those who adore Anthony Horowitz or Harlan Coben.
Jan 06, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
A highly improbable financial action-thriller? Can there BE a book any less up my alley?

However, it was quite fun!
Sharon Galloway
Aug 07, 2013 Sharon Galloway rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the book. A fast paced and interesting read. Very exciting ending, can't wait for the next book .....
Tej Shanbhag
Mar 15, 2013 Tej Shanbhag rated it really liked it
You never know what is going to happen is a book hard to foreshadow, and it is interesting all the way
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Feb 26, 2014 Yarp Group rated it it was amazing
great book/high action and suspense for boys and girls
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