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La maldición del diamante (Billionaire #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  1,411 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
A sus trece años, Gerald Wilkins jamás se había considerado un chico especial. Hasta que un día hereda veinte billones de libras, una isla en el Caribe, un yate y tres mansiones de su misteriosa tía-abuela Geraldine, a la que nunca llegó a conocer. Junto a semejante fortuna, Gerald recibe una misteriosa carta en la que su tía-abuela le cuenta que ha sido asesinada, y que é ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published 2012 by Versátil (first published August 3rd 2009)
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Remember when you were a kid and The Adventurous Four, The Famous Five and The Secret Seven were just the ticket for an exciting read (okay so you have to be of "a certain age" for that to apply), but I still remember how satisfying those books were. An adventure, a puzzle that had to be solved - by a bunch of kids of a similar age to yourself, all done and dusted and home in time for tea. Many a person "of a certain age" will attest that these books were the ones that got them started on a life ...more
What a crudy book! The only thing preventing me from giving this book a one star rating instead of two is because, despite it's numerous flaws, I can see where this book would be a good selection for parents or teachers looking for a book for the male elementary school reluctant reader demographic. I think for students who have a hard time getting through books this would make a good selection but *only as a last resort*.

This book was filled with a lot of toilet humor and quite a few hurtful mes
Colleen Von
May 27, 2010 Colleen Von rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful kids’ adventure with smart, capable heroes

Australian author Richard Newsome’s debut novel is a delight! The Billionaire’s Curse is the first in a trilogy and I can’t wait to read the sequels. He is a fabulous story-teller whose murder mystery full of quirky characters, spunky kids, creativity and adventure.

The story is every kids’ fantasy. Gerald Wilkins suddenly and unexpectedly inherits billions from an aunt he barely knew. He is also charged with solving her murder. Along the w
Mar 11, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. While my kids were mildly confused by some of the British and Australian slang in this book it was also enjoyed by them. I actually can't wait to read the next one.

The formula is pretty similar to other middle grade lit. Young Gerald hates his life filled with bullying teachers, weird dreams, and selfish, emotionally absent parents when things are suddenly turned upside down - no, he doesn't find out he's a wizard or the son of a Greek god, but he do
May 02, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AWESOME! I actually bought book #2 first but wisely decided to get this book, #1 of the Archer Legacy, first. If you like action-packed adventure, meet Indiana Jones Jr. Never mind that the book was meant for middle grade readers; you'll love it! My only complaints about the story is that if it's meant for middle grade readers, there is a bit too much violence and Gerald, the hero, swears.

Gerald Wilkins is a 13 year-old boy living in Australia, dreaming of adventure in his mundane life. All he
Nov 13, 2014 Rochelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
The Billionaire’s Curse was a delightful adventure mystery for upper middle grade. Newsome had an easy and entertaining writing style that I enjoyed, and I was able to devour this one quickly.

Gerald was flown, with his parents, to London from Australia when his billionaire Aunt Geraldine – who Gerald was named after – dies. He finds out that he is the sole benefactor to her fortune and now a billionaire himself, much to the upset of other family members who were looking to benefit from Geraldine
Mar 01, 2011 Vicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take one 12 year old kid from Australia, one dead aunt in London - who also happens to be a billionaire - add a missing diamond, disinterested parents, and a butler reminiscent of Lurch from the Addam's Family, and you get an adventure full of twists and turns, murder and mayhem.

Gerald Wilkins has never met his great aunt Geraldine, but for some reason, she leaves him her entire estate when she dies. Gerald's mother is ecstatic and immediately takes off on "vacation," dumping Gerald with his aun
May 13, 2012 Tonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a kids book in a long time (this one is about grades 5-8), and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. When I was done, I handed it to my 7th grade son and he read it as quickly as any book he's ever read.

The Billionaire's Curse is about a 13-year-old British boy who has to give up his holiday with friends to go to England to the funeral of a great aunt he never met. While there he discovers that he is the sole heir to her twenty billion pound fortune. His great aunt left him a note sayin
Oct 31, 2013 Beverly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps, were I a younger reader, I might have enjoyed this more. The plot was contrived and it never seemed like the main characters were in any real danger. Whenever they came close to being caught by something, someone always intervened. Only at the end did this not occur...and the author chickened out of describing anything with any real action. I felt cheated.

I started the book because I was curious...and finished it because it was so short I felt I must. Simply because your book is markete
Jun 01, 2010 Jeanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first read this book, truth be told, I didn't hear about it or know much about it. All I knew was that it was a book for a young adult audience.

I thought the premise of the book was very interesting. Every kid wants a ton of money to play around with but what made this book interesting was the mystery quality about it. The main character is asked to avenge his grandmother's murder. The mysterious circumstance surrounding the plot and the adventurous aspect of it, made The Billionaire's Cu
Ally Gimbel
Feb 23, 2010 Ally Gimbel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a page turner! This book infuses mystery, mythology and adventure into a thrilling tale of a teenage boy whose mundane life gets turned upside down in an instant. After Gerald's vacation is cut short by the death of an unknown family member, Gerald finds himself suddenly the inheritor of his late great-aunt Geraldine's multi-billion dollar estate. He is charged with investigating Geraldine's mysterious murder, which involves a diamond, a curse and another crooked billionaire. As Gerald and ...more
Kat Heckenbach
Maybe more like 3.5 stars. It was a fun Middle Grade book with lots of unrealistic adventure. But, of course, unrealistic adventure pretty much defines fun Middle Grade books :). Nothing spectacular about the writing, and the mystery got a bit convoluted, but I liked Gerald and his friends. I thought the inheritance angle was pretty original and the idea that the main character was asked to solve his great-aunt's murder through a letter from her. It was a bit frustrating that certain threads wer ...more
Ernest Barker
May 08, 2012 Ernest Barker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was growing up, I spent many happy hours reading a lot of "Nancy Drew" and "The Hardy Boys" mysteries. This book brought back those happy memories. I enjoyed reading it. It is centered around a thirteen year old boy who comes into a large sum of money that includes a murder, a stolen diamond, some mysticism an adventure that rivals The "Indiana Jones" ventures. The book is a early teenager's delight. I just never out grew this kind of book. If you are like me, than you will enjoy the book ...more
Mark Hinchliffe
May 18, 2010 Mark Hinchliffe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Children's book? Even we adults who like a bit of Indian Jones-style adventure and a rapid read can enjoy this!
It's witty, exciting and has a bunch of characters you would like to have as friends. That makes their adventures and perils all the more exciting as you share their fears.
Can't wait for the next two instalments and their exotic locations.
I'd not only thoroughly recommend this book for teens, but also mums, dads and the grandparents.
Jul 15, 2010 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fairly challenging murder mystery, where a 13 yr.old boy inherits twenty billion pounds from an unknown great-aunt that he was named after, and she leaves him a note telling him that she was murdered and she wants him to find out who did it. Involves gigantic priceless diamonds, the British Museum, mysterious secret passsages and frightening villains. Great fun!
Jan 24, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2016
Reminiscent of a young Indiana Jones, searching the clues for a magical treasure guarded by dangerous statues and followed by unsavory characters. Plus the boy is a multi-billionaire!

This was a really good adventure story in which the 3 children are presented with clues to find a magical treasure, all the while in a race with grown-ups who will stop at nothing to get there first.
Sep 16, 2013 Esther rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A complete ripoff of the 39 Clues series. I didn't even really like those. The main character is annoying and all adults except the servants are portrayed as distrustful and deceitful. The author was also very crude, and I could only stand so much arguing from the twins.
Mar 12, 2012 Brianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-books
This book is great and i would recommend this book to everyone. This is a book which i think is good for ages 10-25 mabe even older.
Jan 22, 2012 Maari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
incredible!!!! full of suspense! unpredictable!! hope 2 read more in the archer legacy!
Selah Bell
Jan 19, 2012 Selah Bell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It was very well written, and had a uniqueness about it. It was also very funny. I like the bickering between the twins. Oh, and I liked the first chapter. lol
Jun 12, 2012 Tiana.V rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am totally hooked to this book I had to read it for readers cup, but now I want to read the rest of them! But now I'm really scared of the thin man,I will never be able to smell bleach again!
Jan 31, 2014 Inam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book is so booooooooring that I couldn't even read it past page 80.
Jan 04, 2015 Joey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book
I'm satisfied
Aylaryan Howard
May 03, 2012 Aylaryan Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing! Everyone should read it.
Sebastian C.
Jun 08, 2011 Sebastian C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Newsome, Richard. The Billionaire's Curse. New York: Harper Collins (Walden Pond Press), 2009. Print. pp344

How would you feel if you become an instant billionaire, get three houses and a private island and yacht from a great aunt you never knew? Well, Gerald a thirteen year old boy when he found that out, he was shell-shocked. The book The Billionaires Curse by Richard Newsome was an action packed mystery waiting to be opened. This book starts off when Gerald gets a mysterious letter from his au
Becky Soledad
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Gerald is a young man who is mostly unexceptional. He has lots of day dreams, sometimes in the middle of class, and he doodles all the time. When suddenly he is swept away to England in a private jet to attend the funeral of a great aunt he has never met before. A great aunt who was worth 20 billion pounds and she's left it all to him. She left it all to him for a special reason and she knows that he will help solve her murder. Now there are big mysteries to so
Dan Rogers
Dec 22, 2010 Dan Rogers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gerald Wilkins, a 13 year old 8th grader is looking forward to a winter holiday spent snowboarding with his best friend only to have his plans dashed when his parents inform him that he will have to pass up the holiday to fly from Australia to England to attend the funeral of a Great Aunt he has never met. How boring is this going to be? Little can he imagine how much his life is about to change. At the reading of the Great Aunt's will Gerald learns that he has inherited $20 billion dollars, mak ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

An exciting read with a who done it, The Billionaire's Curse will engage young readers who love a fun, thrilling adventure. Thirteen year old Gerald Wilkins's world is turned upside down when he's jetted off from his home in Australia to attend the funeral of his late great aunt in England, a billionaire who's left her fortune to him. To make matters worse Gerald's greedy parents up and leave him for a get away in the tropics, he's started to receive death threats and he receives a lett
I usually do not like reading books with sequels, simple because I have to wait for the next one to come out, but this book would be totally worth the wait.

Gerard was called into the principals office- but this time, it was not because of something he had done. Walking in, he saw that his mother had tears of joy in her eyes, simply because his great-aunt had died. That might strike one as odd, until the reader learns that his great-aunt was a billionaire.

At the reading of the will, Gerard real
Ji Hwan Hwang
May 04, 2015 Ji Hwan Hwang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of the best mystery books that I have ever read. From the unbelievable setting of a young boy receiving his rich great-grandmother's money in her will, he is surrounded by envious family members, including his parents. As many people try to kill him and kidnap him to find the answer to a secret that his grandmother had kept, his life is threatened as he ventures to find out the truth behind his grandmother's death by a murderer. This story does a great job in adding suspense at ...more
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Richard Newsome lives in Australia and has worked as a journalist for daily newspapers, radio and TV; as a consultant with one of the world’s foremost strategy consultancies; and as communications director of a multinational media company. Richard’s debut novel, The Billionaire’s Curse, won the inaugural Text Prize for Children’s and Young Adult writing, as well as the Esther Glen medal, New Zeala ...more
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