How to Get Fabulously Rich

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Billy is sure he can come up with the right numbers to win the lottery. He knows exactly what he's going to do with the prize. But when he does win, it seems that practically eveyone he knows wants some of the money. All the people around him are acting strange. Will Billy have to split his winnings? What happened to the fun of just playing the game?

After Billy wins $410,000 in the lottery his friends claim that he owes them a share for helping him play, creating a ...

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Overview

Billy is sure he can come up with the right numbers to win the lottery. He knows exactly what he's going to do with the prize. But when he does win, it seems that practically eveyone he knows wants some of the money. All the people around him are acting strange. Will Billy have to split his winnings? What happened to the fun of just playing the game?

After Billy wins $410,000 in the lottery his friends claim that he owes them a share for helping him play, creating a tangle of lies, memory, and money.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The How to Eat Fried Worms gang is back. This time, Billy has been spending his allowance on lottery tickets, sure that he will win. He already knows what he will do with the prize. Then he does win, and everybody seems to want a cut of the money. Before long, none of his friends are talking to him, and Billy realizes that winning isn't always as fun as playing the game. Like Fried Worms , this short novel has a quirky magnetism, but references to earlier adventures undermine the narrative. Rockwell's style is highly dramatic, with quick cuts between scenes and some action devolving off-camera, so less careful or adept readers may be confused by the novel's sometimes oblique flow. Fans will, however, gladly overlook these minor irritations in exchange for Rockwell's lighthearted and fanciful storytelling. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 10-14. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
When Billy wins the lottery, his life and friendships with the gang from Rockwell's How to Eat Fried Worms (Watts, 1973) fall apart. Disappointingly, the book never quite pulls together. After the big win, the kids squabble about who is entitled to the money from Billy's winning ticket, and their respective adults immediately become litigacious. The plot builds to a bitter, cynical climax, and is resolved, suddenly, by lawyers. The boys are adolescents now, and have similar preoccupations. Their concerns make terrific material for a writer with Rockwell's eye for the vignette. One scene, in which Billy abandons his wariness of girls to catch beetles with Amy Miller, is almost a metaphor for adolescence. Unfortunately, there are major flaws in the construction of the novel. Rockwell experiments with stream-of-consciousness writing, which makes it difficult at times to identify the character in focus. It's not clear why Billy feels that winning the lottery will save his parents' faltering marriage. Loose ends dangle all over the pages. Readers never know if Billy's parents reconcile; after the settlement, the kids resume their relationships, seemingly untouched by the battle. With characterizations and ethical issues unresolved, Fabulously Rich fails to satisfy. --Carolyn Noah, Worcester Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531108772
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Series: Single Titles Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 134
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2002

    How to Get Fabulously Rich

    The book was average. It is cool how Billy could win the lottery using his own numbers. It was intersting how a kid can actually win the lottery. The title was dumb but the story was good. The book makes sense but needs to describe when and where it takes place.

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