Title: The Big Bazoohley
Author: Peter Carey
What it's about: Sam Kellow's family is down to their last forty-four dollars and twenty cents. They're in Toronto to sell his mother's latest painting, which will bring them all the money they need. However, the mysterious buyer for the painting is nowhere to be found, and the Kellows are currently staying in a hotel that costs over four hundred dollars a night. What's a resourceful youngster to do? Go out and find the Big Bazoohley, the jackpot that will save them, that's what.
What I thought: This is a short book that nonetheless has a lot of charm to it. It lends a magical air to the ordinary, and Sam is a likeable character.
Overall: Short, but not bad.