The Big Bazoohley

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9780698114203: The Big Bazoohley

Sam Kellow's family is stuck in the middle of a blizzard in a hotel room that costs $453 a night, but they are down to their last $40. Sam's father believes in the Big Bazoohley--the "Big Prize, the Jackpot"--that will come along just in time to save the family from ruin. But waiting around isn't good enough for Sam as comedy, adventure and fantasy unite in this highly acclaimed novel.

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Twice winner of the Booker Prize, Peter Carey's most recent novel Parrot and Olivier in America was described by the New Yorker as 'a comic masterpiece' and by the Sunday Times as 'an exhilarating tour-de-force'. It was shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and a National Book Award in 2010.

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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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