Monday, January 23, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday--The Billionaire's Curse, by Richard Newsome (and a Giveaway!!!)

For this week's MMGM I'm doing things a little bit differently. I'm so ridiculously slammed with deadlines and whatnot that I'm way behind on my reading once again--but I didn't want to let too many weeks slip by without featuring any awesome middle grade. So I turned to the extra awesome Deb Marshall, a blogger friend and fellow MMGM-er with IMPECCABLE reading taste, and asked her to introduce me to a book I've never heard of before. And boy did she pick one an incredible one: THE BILLIONAIRE'S CURSE, by Richard Newsome.

Gerald Wilkins never considered himself a particularly exceptional thirteen-year-old. But that was before he inherited twenty billion pounds, a Caribbean island, a yacht, and three estates from a mysterious relative he never knew.

But that's not all—because, as we discover, Gerald's great aunt was murdered. And now it's up to Gerald to find out who did it.

And I'm going to let Deb explain for herself why all of us need to read this one. Take it away Deb!

Suppose you were a kid who inherited 20 billion dollars. And you inherited a murder mystery and hints of ancient magic and Arthurian Lore to go with it? And suppose you had to go live in England, on an estate in the countryside with two new best friends? Well, I can tell you now the inner twelve year old in me would be pumped! That’s why I loved this book so much, I’m sure.

Gerald, the hero in Richard Newsome’s THE BILLIONAIRE’S CURSE isn’t what I would call excited about the news of going to England to attend the funeral of an aunt he’s never met, but as everything begins to unfold (the inheritance, the mystery, the friends, a wildly cool housekeeper) he finds himself caught up in the adventure of a lifetime. Sure, there’s some pretty serious danger in that someone wants Gerald and his friends dead, but that just adds to this rip roaring good read that I’d highly recommend you give to fans of The 39 Clues, Anthony Horowitz and Rick Riordin, to name a few. The author is a master of writing fast paced, page turning scenes that will keep you guessing and at times holding your breath. The descriptions of the estate, the British Museum and a myriad of other locations including the coolest bookstore on the planet, will leave you feeling you are right there with Gerald, Ruby and Sam, seeing what they are seeing. Definitely a favorite 2012 read for me.

In other words go to your nearest bookstore or library and when you are there why not grab book two, THE EMERARLD CASKET. Book three is on it’s way this spring and I’ve got it on good authority that it is the author's best so far!

Don’t forget to check out Richard Newsombe’s Website

Thanks to Shannon for letting me share this fantabulous book!
No--THANK YOU DEB, for introducing me to this awesome middle grade series. I'll definitely be ordering myself a copy.

And I want one of you to have the chance to discover it too. So I'm giving away a copy of THE BILLIONAIRES CURSE to one lucky winner. To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, January 28st. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, January 29th. International entries welcome.

For more awesome middle-grade recommendations, check out the other MMGM's floating around the blogosphere today:

- The Mundie Mom's join the MMGM fun (eee!) with 3 awesome recommendations. Click HERE to see what they are. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE now!

- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!

- Deb Marshall (yes, she has her OWN MMGM as well) is raving about POPULAR CLONE. Click HERE to read why she thinks you'll love it too.

- Jennifer Rumberger discusses the ins and outs of critiquing middle grade. Click HERE to see what she has to say.

- Akossiwa Ketoglo is swept up with EMILY WINDSNAP AND THE MONSTER FROM THE DEEP. Click HERE to for her review.

- Karen Yingling has more CUPCAKE DIARIES reviews, plus a list of books about cooking  Click HERE for all the sweet fun.

- Joanne Fritz is spotlighting A DIAMOND IN THE DESERT. Click HERE to see her review.

- Barbara Watson is more than just okay for OKAY FOR NOW. Click HERE to see why.

- Pam Torres is exploring THE SIXTY EIGHT ROOMS. Click HERE to see what she thinks.

- Myrna Foster is struck by DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK. Click HERE to learn more about it.

- Gina Carey is wild for ZORA AND ME. Click HERE to see why she loves it.

-Jemi Fraser returns to the MMGM crew with a feature on THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET. Click HERE to see what it's all about.

- Natalie Aguirre is featuring WILDWOOD--with a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for all the details.

- Danica Dinsmore discusses the orphan/missing parent problem in middle grade literature. Click HERE to see her thoughts.

- Gabrielle Prendergast reminds us why HATCHET is a classic. Click HERE to learn more about it.

And if you want to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog. It's easier if you email me before Monday, that way your link will be included in the post from the moment it goes live. But if you decide to spontaneously join the fun, I do update the post at several points throughout the Monday. Just email me a link and I'll add you when I do!

**Note: Thanks to a boatload of spam--and my missing a bunch of important emails because of it--I'm now using a new email address. So make sure you update your records because I'm slowly phasing the other address out. New email is: SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. Hopefully now I won't miss some of your MMGMs, like I have been.**

Happy Monday!


  1. This sounds like such a fun book! Thanks Deb :)

  2. Sounds like a good book. I hadn't heard of it either. Thanks for the recommendation Deb.

  3. Sounds great! Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. That sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for posting about it, and thanks Deb for the recommendation.

  5. I really liked this series! What a great spotlight.

  6. That cover looks vaguely familiar. And I'm going to miss the packrat.

  7. Thanks for the recommendation! I hadn't heard of this one yet.

  8. Thanks for the feature. I've never heard of this book. The mystery murder is compelling. Off to look up my library database. :)

  9. Sounds like a great one that I could recommend to boys at my school.

  10. This is a new one for me, but looks like a great fun read!
    GFC: Vivien

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  11. Oh, this seems like an interesting book :D I would love to win it :) Thank you so much for the chance. <3
    Love, Carina

  12. I can't believe I haven't heard of this one before! Great recommendation! :-)

  13. I know the feeling of being swamped and behind on deadlines. Take care of yourself in there somewhere. :-)

    Hadn't heard of this one yet. Sounds like a good one for the "boy might read it" list.

  14. Wow, that is a lot of middle grade Monday. I have not heard of this either and would love to read and then review for my site. Please tell the random picker to pull out my name? :-)

  15. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest.

  16. I haven't heard of this one either! Thank you, Deb, for your enthusiasm about it. My son enjoys series, and this seems like one for him.

    Shannon, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  17. This looks amazing! I've already put it on my TBR list. :) Count me in for the contest!

  18. Sounds like a fun series! Thanks for the intro, ladies!

    Good luck with your deadlines, Shannon!

  19. I've been reading through all your old MMGM posts, looking for awesome MG titles. I've decided 2012 is the year when I read more in MG. This sounds awesome. *adds to list*

  20. This sounds like a book that my students would love to read. I think I'd like to read it too. Thanks.

  21. I've never heard of this one, and it sounds great. Thanks!

  22. I've shelved this book numerous times, and one of my co-workers read it and loved it, but I haven't yet cracked it open.

    Sounds thrilling! Nice job, Deb! Comparing it to 39 Clues, Horowitz and Riordan really kicks it up a notch.

    And, ooo, a giveaway!

    Shannon, thanks for the linkage, as always.

  23. Thanks for the book suggestion, Deb. And cool idea to have a guest blogger, Shannon, and also thanks for the giveaway!

  24. "The Billionaire's Curse" looks wonderful.


  25. What a find. Looks and sounds like a great read. Love the cover too. Thank you for the giveaway.

  26. you are my official pusher of MG books! THANKS!

  27. Sounds like it will be a good book to read. Great cover.

  28. I've looked at this book before but I haven't read it. Now I'm more intrigued! Thanks for the good review.

  29. I love middle-grade books! Thanks for introducing me to this book!


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