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Friday, April 15, 2011

Billionaire's Curse - Richard Newsome

Gerald Wilkins has just become the richest 13-year-old on the planet.

His great aunt has left him a fortune valued at $30 billion. But she has also left him a mystery; and a host of villains who are intent on hunting him down and doing him in.
I had a copy of this book in my library at home and I kept meaning to read it. Something always came up. The other day I picked it up and thought 'Hmm I might read this now.'
I am glad I did!
Richard Newsome has written a great adventure story for kids aged 9+. The story is this, Gerald's Great Aunt has just died and his parents interuppt his promised vacation with friends to take him to London for the funeral of a woman he has never met. 
He is not happy! Gradually though he finds clues about his Aunt's death and a greater mystery is unfolded to do with his lineage and why his Aunt died. 
The author has included scenes that are a realistic portrayal of what villians do, without it becoming too gruesome. If you have a child at home who wants a good read, then go and get them a copy of this book. I think they would enjoy it.
Richard Newsome was born in a modest-sized town in the north island of New Zealand, a little place called Wanganui on a great roiling river, and lived the first few years of his life on an even more modest-sized farm outside of town. His family migrated to Australia when he was two and a half and graciously agreed to take him along. If you want to know more about the author, then here is his website

The Billionaire’s Curse won the inaugural Text Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Writing in 2008, and was awarded the Esther Glen Medal in 2010, New Zealand’s oldest literary prize.

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