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The Billionaire's Curse by Richard Newsome
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Dec 22, 2010

it was amazing
Read from January 22 to 29, 2012

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, making him the richest 13 year old in the world. Add to the story the theft of the world's most valuable diamond, a murder, the search for an ancient casket, and a mysterious stranger who shows up unexpectedly, smelling like bleach, wanting to kill Gerald, and you have the makings of a first class mystery.
One of the things which makes this story so believable, and enjoyable, is the fact that Gerald is a typical, adventurous boy who quickly takes to making friends with twins who help him out of a tight spot. Together they embark upon an adventure to solve the mystery. The author has depicted these three, Gerald, Sam, & Ruby as typical young teenagers. Sam & Ruby, go back and forth between loving and caring for each other to fighting and name calling reminiscent of squabbles with my own siblings. Gerald quite often has to be the one who steps in between to get everyone to refocus on the task at hand. The adventures these three have along the way makes for edge of your seat, can't put the book down reading.
One of the ideas that the author is able to subtly interject into this story is the idea that some people are so caught up in wanting money and all that goes with it that they fail to see the enjoyment one should get out of life. It's almost as if having money will solve their problems when a lot of times the opposite is actually what happens. Gerald never gets caught up in the fact that he is rich. He just wants to go out and have fun. With this book the author has, in my opinion, written a story that will appeal to all, young and old, male and female. With two more books in the series I am looking forward to reading more of the adventures of Gerald, Sam & Ruby.

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