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Very Rich

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Very Rich

by Polly Horvath
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Hardcover | Pages : 256
Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 | USD $17.99
ISBN: 9780823440283 | Pub Date: 2018-09-25

Grade: Fifth | Age: 8 to 12
Other Editions: Ebook

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What happens when the poorest boy in town inadvertently spends Christmas with the eccentric (and slightly clueless) family of the richest boy in town?

Ten-year-old Rupert Brown lives with his huge family in a small house in the poorest section of Steelville, Ohio, and have little money or food. So when Rupert finds himself spending Christmas at Turgid River's house—the richest boy in town—he is blown away to discover a whole other world, including all the food he can eat and wonderful prizes that he wins when the family plays games . . . prizes he hopes to take home to his family so they can have Christmas presents for the very first time. But this windfall is short-lived when Rupert loses it all in one last game and goes home empty-handed.

Each member of the River family feels guilty about what happened, and unbeknownst to one another tries to make it up to Rupert in their own unique way, taking him on one unlikely adventure after another, that involve things like tarragon sparkle salads, a bank robbery, and time traveling in a cardboard box. Each new adventure brings Rupert closer to understanding his family—and his place in it—in this magical and darkly funny story about finding oneself.

Fans of Roald Dahl will love this hilarious and ultimately heartwarming novel from Newbery Honor and National Book Award-winning author Polly Horvath, writing in her beloved, signature style.


★★★ Advanced Praise for Very Rich ★★★

"Very rich indeed! Clever quandaries, witty dialogue—all crisply written with giddy Horvath cheerfulness—topped off with a whipped-cream message of wonderment that will never grow old."—Jack Gantos, author of the Newbery Medal-winning Dead End in Norvelt

"Very Rich is wild, wise, and wonderful."—Julie Berry, author of , a Michael L. Printz Honor Book and The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place


★★★ THE REVIEWS ARE IN! ★★★

"Laugh-out-loud funny scenes . . . The story’s moral, that each person’s life is unique and wondrous, is articulated in the closing chapter. Readers who enjoy quirky, episodic adventure stories will find themselves swept along."—Booklist

"Horvath is at her odd, arch best here—generous with her wry observations of people and their awkward relationships and foibles."—Kirkus Reviews