With only 50 dollars to their name, Sam and his family arrive in Toronto to sell his mother's latest painting. Sam is locked out of his hotel room, then kidnapped, and soon finds himself entered for a perfect child competition, for which the prize is an enormous cheque.
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Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria and now lives in New York. He is the author of twelve previous novels, three short story collections and two books on travel. Among other prizes, he has won the Booker Prize twice, the Commonwealth Writers Prize twice and the Miles Franklin Literary Award three times.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-5?Nine-year-old Sam Kellow is off in search of the Big Bazoohley?the grand prize that his gambler father promises will come along when they need it the most. Since the buyer for his mother's latest painting has disappeared, his father has no immediate prospects for making money, and Sam knows that they are down to their last $53.20, the boy slips out of their swank Toronto hotel room to find a solution. He hasn't gotten very far when he is kidnapped by a very strange couple who decide to groom him as an emergency substitute for their own son, who is in bed with chicken pox just when he's due to enter, and hopefully win, the Perfect Kiddo contest, for a part in a commercial and a check for $10,000. Sam is a very clever youngster, and it doesn't take him long to figure out how to turn the situation into the solution he was hoping to find. Along the way there are plenty of laughs and surprises and an ending that pulls it all together. This is a breezy contemporary adventure with a touch of fantasy. Readers will delight in Sam's adventures, empathize with his difficult situations, and cheer for his triumphs.?Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy,
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Book Description Faber and Faber, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0571174841
Book Description Faber & Faber, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110571174841