The Dollar Kids

The Dollar Kids

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Publisher Annotation: Twelve-year-old Lowen Grover, a budding comic-book artist, is still reeling from the shooting death of his friend Abe when he stumbles across an article about a former mill town giving away homes for just one dollar. It not only seems like the perfect escape from Flintlock and all of the awful memories associated with the city, but an opportunity for his mum to run her very own business. Fortunately, his family is willing to give it a try. But is the Dollar Program too good to be true? The homes are in horrible shape, and the locals are less than welcoming. Will Millville and the dollar house be the answer to the Grovers? troubles? Or will they find they?ve traded one set of problems for another? From the author of Small as an Elephant and Paper Things comes a heart-tugging novel about guilt and grief, family and friendship, and, above all, community."--
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763694746
Branch Call Number: J JAC
Characteristics: 403 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Andrews, Ryan - Illustrator

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PimaLib_SamR May 22, 2019

Approximately one year ago, I read an article about a “dying” town in France that was paying immigrants to come live there and revitalize it. The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Richard Jacobson is a middle-grade novel based on a similar premise: The town of Millville is offering fixer-up houses for one dollar to five families with at least three children. The locals want to ensure that their sports teams can continue to play, i.e., have enough players.
The comic drawing central character, twelve-year-old Lowen, isn’t interested in sports, but he’s desperate to leave behind the city of Flintlock with his grief and secret feelings of guilt. So, when his family agrees to make the move, he believes that all his troubles are behind him.
Unfortunately feelings are not so easily resolved and moving to a new place has its own set of problems. As it turns out, the house they receive is in need of numerous repairs and is located next to a funeral home, much to Lowen’s chagrin. The business that Lowen’s mother starts has difficulty attracting customers and many of the locals are less than welcoming.
In this moving story, (pun intended), join Lowen and the other Dollar Kids in their efforts to fit into small-town life, help their families succeed as entrepreneurs and handymen, and discover the true meaning of community.

OPL_AmyW Aug 15, 2018

Jacobson has created a sweet story about small-town life, class divide, and grief filled with enjoyable secondary characters and a family you can't help but root for. Although, the book wrapped up a little too neatly to feel entirely realistic, many young readers will appreciate the happy ending. Recommended for grades 4-6.

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