The Million Dollar Strike

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Ouchie and Squishy love bowling, even if it isn't the coolest sport. And their favorite place to bowl is Bowl-A-Rama. Squishy especially likes it because it's the perfect setting for a gory horror movie. Then again, he tends to imagine zombies and killer clowns around every corner. When the city council wants to condemn the decrepit bowling alley, Ouchie and Squishy are devastated. Then the boys meet Gazebo Zamboni, the rich, reclusive, totally nutty owner of Bowl-A-Rama. Despite Mr. Z's insistence that the world...
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Overview

Ouchie and Squishy love bowling, even if it isn't the coolest sport. And their favorite place to bowl is Bowl-A-Rama. Squishy especially likes it because it's the perfect setting for a gory horror movie. Then again, he tends to imagine zombies and killer clowns around every corner. When the city council wants to condemn the decrepit bowling alley, Ouchie and Squishy are devastated. Then the boys meet Gazebo Zamboni, the rich, reclusive, totally nutty owner of Bowl-A-Rama. Despite Mr. Z's insistence that the world is ending soon-a ghost told him so-Ouchie and Squishy manage to convince Mr. Z to keep Bowl-A-Rama open. He allows the boys to restore the old alley, and even sponsors a million dollar strike contest to bring in customers. Just when things start looking up, the most nightmarish scenarios of Squishy's overactive imagination come to life. Someone-or something-wants Bowl-A-Rama's doors to close. Forever.
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The city council decides to condemn a dilapidated, old bowling alley, but best friends Ouchie, and Squishy, do not want that to happen. They go to the Bowl-a-rama for one last game and meet the eccentric and rich owner Gazebo Zamboni. Despite his many oddities, including his belief the world is coming to an end on New Year's, the boys and he become friends and he agrees to bankroll their efforts to restore the bowling alley. Things are going along well until it becomes clear that someone wants Mr. Z permanently out of business. All of this provides fodder for Squishy's over-active imagination, developed from his being a horror movie buff. He expects his worst nightmares to be realized, which indeed they are at the million dollar strike contest. Bowling doesn't have the appeal of hockey, soccer, or basketball, but readers will find this an intriguing story. Ouchie's and Squishy's relationship is authentically depicted, as are their gradually developed feelings for Mr. Z. Gutman manages to subtly make two points: be yourself and don't make snap judgments about people. A light yet suspenseful read, this will appeal to boys, even those who are reluctant readers. 2004, Hyperion Books, Ages 9 to 12.
—Peg Glisson
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Gr 4-6-Ouchie and Squishy love to go to a rundown bowling alley owned by Mr. Zamboni, who talks to ghosts and believes that the world is going to end on January 1. When the town council wants to condemn Bowl-a-Rama, the boys befriend the eccentric man. They try to spruce it up and draw customers in with a million-dollar contest, but someone is using scare tactics to close the place down. From threatening notes to murder and terrorizing clowns, the story will keep readers guessing who is behind the mystery. Filled with humor and suspense, this fast-paced novel is a good choice for reluctant readers and young R. L. Stine fans.-Taja Alkoriji, Southwest Regional Library, Pembroke Pines, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786837519
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Series: Million Dollar Sports Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Gutman
Dan Gutman

When he was a kid, Dan Gutman always did his homework. That's how he grew up to write cool books such as The Kid Who Ran for President, Honus & Me, The Million Dollar Shot, Race for the Sky, and The Edison Mystery: Qwerty Stevens, Back in Time. If you want to learn more about Dan or his books, stop by his Web site: www.dangutman.com.

But first do your homework.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2006

    Great book for kids who love bowling.

    I liked this book because it was funny, interesting, and cool. This book was funny and then could be serious. I thought this book was realistic too. I couldn't put it down and I don't even like to read!

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

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    My boy who doesn't read could not put the book down

    My 11 yr old son does not enjoy reading. He LOVED this book! He first read the Million Dollar Put which he read so quickly I am still shocked! He then read the Million Dollar Kick, LOVED IT! That leads us to this book, which like the first two he read quickly and enjoyed the whole book!

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