From Newbery Honor-- and National Book Award--winning author Polly Horvath comes another magical novel featuring a time machine, money, food and lots of family.
Ten-year-old Rupert Brown comes from an ordinary family. They live in a small house in the poorest section of Steelville, Ohio, and have little money or food. So when Rupert inadvertently finds himself spending Christmas at the house of Turgid River -- the richest boy in town -- he is blown away to discover a whole other world, including all the food he can eat and wonderful prizes that he wins when the family plays games, prizes he hopes to take home to his family so they can have Christmas presents for the very first time. But this windfall is short-lived when Rupert loses it all in one last game and goes home empty-handed. Each member of the Rivers family feels guilty about what happened and, unbeknownst to each other, tries to make it up to Rupert in their own unique way, taking him on one unlikely adventure after another.
Polly Horvath is one of the most highly acclaimed authors writing today. Her books include The Canning Season (a National Book Award winner and a YA Canadian Book of the Year), Everything on a Waffle (a Newbery Honor Book), and My One Hundred Adventures (a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a Booklist Editors' Choice, and a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of the Year).
"[Very Rich] is fast-paced and filled with witty asides, creative scenarios, and a ridiculously entertaining cast." --STARRED REVIEW, Quill & Quire
“Very rich indeed! Clever quandaries, witty dialogue--all crisply written with giddy Horvath cheerfulness—topped off with a whipped cream message of wonderment that that will never grow old.” —Jack Gantos, author of the Newbery-award winning Dead End in Norvelt
“Very Rich is wild, wise, and wonderful.”—Julie Berry, author of The Passion of Dolssa, a Michael L. Printz Honor book, and The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
"Readers who enjoy quirky, episodic adventure stories will find themselves swept along by the current of Horvath’s latest imaginative novel." -- Booklist
“With Horvath’s familiar blend of wry humor and amiable weirdness, the story leaps from one entertaining comic absurdity to another . . .” --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books