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The Billionaire's Curse (Billionaire #1)

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Gerald Wilkins never considered himself a particularly exceptional thirteen-year-old. But that was before he inherited twenty billion pounds, a Caribbean island, a yacht, and three estates from a great-aunt he never knew. With this fortune, however, comes a letter. One from his great-aunt Geraldine. One that tells Gerald that she was murdered, and that it's up to him to fi ...more
Hardcover, USA Edition, 344 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Walden Pond Press (first published August 3rd 2009)
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Karen
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
Linda
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
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Colleen Von
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
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Emily
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
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Kitty
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
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Rochelle
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
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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
Vicky
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
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Tonya
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
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Beverly
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
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Jeanie
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
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Ally Gimbel
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
Pop Bop
Weak

If you were to outline this book it would look great on paper. It has the right combination of kids, a decent premise, action and adventure. But I just couldn't get myself at all invested in it. It had an odd tone and slightly sour feel. The hero is a bit of a jerk, the conveniently arriving sidekicks are standard issue squabbling twins, and the remaining characters just have a disagreeable feel.

The parents were selfish idiots, other adults were bumblers, and so on. It felt very mechanical
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Ji Hwan Hwang
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
Ernest Barker
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
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.
Erwayl18
I thought the book was very good and it took place in Britain. It's about a 13 year old boy who lives in Sydney, Australia when his great aunt who he has never met dies. He has to travel to Britain to go to her funeral. He is given a letter before the funeral and told not to open it before the funeral. After the funeral the will was read. He learned that he was given the entire Archer Empire and was given 20 billion pounds. His entire family was in uproar after this was announced. They all wante ...more
Patricia
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!
Inam
The book is so booooooooring that I couldn't even read it past page 80.
Esther
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.
Sophie {Bibliophile by Nature}
Quite too much toilet humor for my taste, an obsession with butts, bland writing and characters, and some sort of fixated hate on adults. The mother was just despicable I tell you! It just wasn't that good. I guess guys not into reading could like this...but maybe not.
Tiana.V
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!
Selah Bell
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
Joey
Good book
I'm satisfied
Brianna
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.
Maari
incredible!!!! full of suspense! unpredictable!! hope 2 read more in the archer legacy!
Aylaryan Howard
This book is amazing! Everyone should read it.
Dimity Powell
I can not believe it has taken me this long to finally pick up the copies of these books I've had stashed away on my shelves for years; hidden in silence, a bit like the diamond casket which causes such a stir in this first of Newsome's The Billionaire Series. I ripped through The Billionaire's Curse as voraciously as my 11 year-old self would have done, so page-turningly addictive it turned out to be. Newsome wastes no time on idle chit chat, pouncing straight into the action with hilarious ene ...more
Nicole
Gerald is a 13 year old Australian boy looking forward to his break from school and traveling with his friend. Unfortunately for him, his parents pick him up from school with the news that a relative has passed. Now in London, the sole heir to a billion dollar fortune, Gerald is on a quest to find out who has murdered his great-aunt. Along the way, he meets mischief-making twins, Ruby and Sam. Together the three friends rush through the streets of London, learning about the rich city's history, ...more
Ms. Rosas
Free Friday Barnes and Noble book.

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
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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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