Finding Lubchenko

Finding Lubchenko

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by Michael Simmons

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Since his millionaire father never gives him any money, slacker genius Evan Macalister "liberates" equipment from Dad’s business and sells it on line. But then a man is murdered and Mr. Macalister is accused. Evan alone can clear his father’s name—but only by revealing his own theft operation. And then he’ll be grounded forever. There’s just one thing to do—find the


Since his millionaire father never gives him any money, slacker genius Evan Macalister "liberates" equipment from Dad’s business and sells it on line. But then a man is murdered and Mr. Macalister is accused. Evan alone can clear his father’s name—but only by revealing his own theft operation. And then he’ll be grounded forever. There’s just one thing to do—find the real murderer. Armed only with a cryptic e-mail from someone named Lubchenko, Evan sets off on a quest that catapults him and his two best friends into a world of danger and international intrigue.

Author Biography: Michael Simmons lives in New York and Paris, France.

Editorial Reviews

"So this is basically a story about a murder"—so begins Simmons' newest novel with yet another engaging narrator. Evan's father, a wealthy business owner who won't spare an extra dime for his son, has been arrested for murdering a man named Emil Belachek and stealing millions of dollars. Evan knows his dad is a cheapskate but definitely not a murderer, and he sets out with his best friends Ruben and Erika to clear his father's name. However, he has to do that without revealing that he has been financing his prep school social life by boosting electronic equipment from his father's company and selling it on eBay. Fortunately for Evan, one of his "appropriated" items just happens to be Emil Belachek's laptop that just happens to have some vital information that could be the key in proving his father's innocence. The critical e-mails are from someone named Lubchenko, and Evan and his friends have to travel to Paris (using his father's credit card, of course) to find Lubchenko and get his father out of jail. This is a fast-paced comic thriller, with plenty of twists, turns, technology and good old adolescent fun, including a trip to Paris and lots of Chinese food. Teens will enjoy Evan and his antics, laughing both at him and with him. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Penguin, Razorbill, 281p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Michele Winship
Children's Literature
Evan Macalister is, as he puts it, "a poor kid trapped in the surroundings of great wealth." Evan's father runs a medical company credited with finding a wonder drug to cure liver cancer—but not in time to save Evan's mother from dying of the disease. Determined that his son will not become one of those "spoiled brats," Evan is provided with the basics, but Evan wants his own money to spend on things so his dad makes Evan take a job at his company. Evan sees an opportunity to make himself some extra money by stealing laptops and other technology from the company and he makes the most of it. But when his father is accused of killing Belachek, one of his company's security people, Evan finds that he may well have the answer to the man's murder. He has Belachek's laptop and within its system, a number of odd messages from a man named Lubchenko. With the aid of his friends, Ruben and Erika, Evan takes off on an adventure to Paris to find Lubchenko and to solve the mystery of who framed his dad. The story has an interesting premise, but drags through the middle; I found myself wishing that Evan was a more three-dimensional character as it was often difficult to like him and his often selfish ways. The story refocuses at the end for a generally satisfying resolution. Teen readers should relate to Evan's issues with his father and appreciate how he reacts to his newfound freedom once his father is jailed for murder. 2005, RazorBill, Ages 12 to 16.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Evan Macalister, 16, never thinks twice about making wrong decisions, especially when it comes to relieving his overbearing, penny-pinching father of a few minor pieces of computer equipment from his high-tech medical company to hock on eBay. But when his dad is arrested for the murder of a colleague and the evidence to clear him just happens to be on a laptop that Evan lifted from the victim's office just before he was killed, the teen realizes that he's faced with two choices. One, turn the laptop over to the police and face the wrath of his father, or two, solve the mystery himself. Of course ever-impulsive Evan chooses the latter, and, with his dad's credit card in tow, he and two friends travel first class to Paris to find Lubchenko, the missing link who supposedly can clear his dad's name. As in Pool Boy (Millbrook, 2003), Simmons once again masters the voice of a smart-alecky teenage boy. However, this book quickly veers into an uproariously fast-paced, James Bond-like spy chase through upscale Paris, all seen through the eyes of a quick-thinking, smart-mouthed ne'er-do-well who shoots for the ridiculously impossible and completely succeeds-well, almost.-Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Rebellious, cocky Evan knows he'll never be able to please his father, a wealthy, stern and angry man who refuses to give Evan any money. Evan retaliates by failing in school and stealing from his father's company. When Evan's father is arrested for murder, Evan realizes he has the murdered man's computer. Following clues they find on the computer, Evan, his secret heartthrob, Erika, and his friend Ruben decide to find a man they think can clear his father. The trio heads off to a wild and expensive tour of Paris and find themselves in far worse trouble than when they began. Writing in first person mostly for humor, Simmons reveals Evan's character while maintaining suspense. While the writing style is deliberately choppy, most sentences do at least have subjects and predicates. Although the book is longer than necessary, it should be a fun read for many high schoolers. (Fiction. 12-16)

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12 - 17 Years

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Finding Lubchenko 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
bayard More than 1 year ago
when i opened this book, i wasn't expecting much. Even if the exciting plot does not satisfy you, the funny sarcastic characters will. allover i would give this book a 5 out of 5.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. i couldn't put the book down. I read the book in about three days it was so good. If you didn't read it yet then you should get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
such a good book an s real page turner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Evan steals laptops from his filthy rich father's company. When his dad's accused of murder, Evan realizes that one of the laptops he took might have vital information that could reveal the true murderer. Evan doesn't want to turn the laptop in and be grounded for life. Instead, Evan, Ruben, and Erika race time in search of the real murderer, named Lubchenko. I couldn't put the book down! it kept me hooked until the end. Evan's sarcasm and humor makes Finding Lubchenko an enjoyable read you can't get enough of.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was intruiging and fast-paced. A great murder mystery that keeps you turning the pages fast. Loved it!! i also think that even though it is told by a guy, teenage girls like me will also find it interesting.