Very rich /

by Horvath, Polly [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Margaret Ferguson Books, Holiday House, [2018]Edition: First edition.Description: 295 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780823440283; 0823440281.Subject(s): Family life -- Ohio -- Fiction | Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Fiction | Poverty -- Fiction | Wealth -- Fiction | Supernatural -- Fiction | Ohio -- Fiction | Families -- Ohio -- Juvenile fiction | Paranormal fiction | Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Juvenile fiction | Poverty -- Juvenile fiction | Wealth -- Juvenile fiction | Ohio -- Juvenile fiction | Paranormal fiction | Fiction | Juvenile works | Paranormal fictionSummary: Ten-year-old Rupert, from a very large, very poor family, accidentally becomes part of an eccentric rich family's life beginning at Christmas, and soon sees that wealth is not everything.
Awards: Click to open in new window
    Average rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Item type Home library Collection Shelving location Call number Status Date due Barcode
Books Books Altadena Main Library
Children's Collection Children's Fiction J HOR Available 39270004758631

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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 Turgid Rivers' house--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 hope 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 one another tries to make it up to Rupert in their own unique way, taking him on one unlikely adventure after another.

Ten-year-old Rupert, from a very large, very poor family, accidentally becomes part of an eccentric rich family's life beginning at Christmas, and soon sees that wealth is not everything.

Excerpt provided by Syndetics

<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Rupert Brown came from a large family. They lived in a very plain small house on the edge of Steelville, Ohio. Rupert had so many brothers and sisters that it was like living in a small city-state. They crawled over the furniture. They ran in and out of doors. They were big and small and male and female. They all had sandy-brown hair, pinched noses, high cheekbones and narrow lips. They were all thin. There were so many children in the Brown family that Mrs. Brown claimed not to be able to remember all their names. She often addressed them by "Hey you." Rupert had siblings he rarely talked to and hardly knew at all. There were many different alliances within the family, many secrets, many separate lives. Close proximity does not always make for coziness. Sometimes it is just crowded. Rupert was ten, and he moved among his family largely unnoticed except by his favorite sister, six-year-old Elise. She, like Rupert, was quiet and shy and spent a lot of time trying to keep out of everyone's way. One day before Christmas, Rupert's teenage brothers John and Dirk came home with a cat. Because they were often bringing home stolen cats, there was no doubt in anyone's mind about the origin of this cat. It was not a stray. Perhaps they secretly longed for a pet and this is why they did it, although what they told the family was that it was sport. "Catch and release. Like fly-fishing. Only with cats," explained John as he held the new one up for his mother to see. There was a wistful look in his eyes. Rupert wondered if he was hoping that his mother would fall in love with it and let them keep it. "Did I not tell you to stop doing that!" shrieked Mrs. Brown, just home from her job cleaning the offices in the steelworks. She tore across the room, grabbed the cat, and threw it into the backyard. Then she slammed the door. Elise looked out the window in concern. "The cat isn't moving," she whispered as Rupert joined her. "I'll check," Rupert whispered back. Their mother had gone to the kitchen to make the thin gruel of oatmeal that, along with other people's kitchen scraps that their father collected every day, passed for dinner nightly. All the Brown children tiptoed around their mother. Sometimes she lashed out. Sometimes she hoisted one of the younger Browns onto her lap to watch television and cuddled them as if this, this soft and comforting jolly person, was who she really was. Because you never knew which mother would emerge, it was better to err on the side of caution. Excerpted from Very Rich by Polly Horvath All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Horn Book Review

Horvaths latest wry and thought-provoking, hilarious and poignant middle-grade novel (most recently The Night Garden, rev. 9/17) features Rupert Brown, an exceedingly well-mannered and excruciatingly poor ten-year-old from a large, unruly family. One frigid Christmas Day, the coatless and starving child stumbles upon the holiday celebration of his rich classmate Turgid Riverss family, where ample food, games, and presents leave him stupefied. After circumstances cause Rupert to leave the Riverses mansion as empty-stomached and empty-handed as he was when he arrived, the guilt-ridden members of the wealthy family attempt to make amends. Their misguided efforts include a bespoke silk suit; a dreamlike visit to a fancy restaurant; and excursions via a grubby cardboard-box time machine that take Rupert to the past (where he sees his young parents) and to a messing-with-your-mind future (where someone intones: I accept that the leader of the free world has somehow been youthened). With hints of Dickens (Tiny Tim!), Roald Dahl (hapless adults!), P. L. Travers (magical floating!), and others, this is a brainy, unusual, and entertaining confection. monica Edinger January/February 2019 p 93(c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Novelist Select