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Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire

Published by Rock the Boat
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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“A millions bucks. A million laughs. Okay, maybe not that many, but enough to get me told to quiet down on a flight. Tess is a narrator you won’t soon forget—both over the top and deeply real at the same time.” Gordon Korman, author of Restart

“Fast-paced, clever, and completely hilarious with the BEST cast of characters... LOVE IT TO BITS.” Rashmi Sirdeshpande, author of Dosh

10-year-old Tess is a born entrepreneur. She just needs to come up with the perfect money-making scheme. Then she finds a million dollars buried in her backyard. Never mind where the money came from—Tess and her best friend Toby know exactly how to spend it.

But, as it turns out, spending a million isn’t that easy when you’re a kid. Cue bouncy houses, candy, scheming, and a whole lot of trouble…

Features bonus tips on how to become a schoolyard millionaire inside!

‘A million bucks. A million laughs. Okay, maybe not that many, but enough to get me told to quiet down on a flight. Tess is a narrator you won’t soon forget – both over the top and deeply real at the same time.’

– Gordon Korman, author of Restart

‘Top tier fun. Fast-paced, clever, and completely hilarious with the BEST cast of characters, including two incredible young entrepreneurs. Packed with life lessons too. LOVE IT TO BITS.’

– Rashmi Sirdeshpande, author of Dosh

‘A thoroughly entertaining read that children will storm through. Wise advice, lots of laughs and an important message about the things money can’t buy... Laughs, family, friendships and a thrilling adventure - Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire has it all.’

– Jen Carney, author of The Accidental Diary of B.U.G.

'Any fan of the Treehouse series will have spent hours inventing the storeys, contraptions and rooms that would be present in their own treehouses, and Nat Amoore’s debut novel posits an equally enticing prospect: what would you do if you found a million dollars in your backyard?'

– Guardian

‘Amoore writes with the confidence a good plot can bring – there is no need for drawn out ‘fillers’ because the action zips along with exuberance and energy... Despite its peppy tone and galloping plotline, this book has a strong moral core… Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire is a book with bounce, combining action with integrity and an open door to explore some of life’s bigger questions. Perfect for budding entrepreneurs, amateur detectives, would-be Greta Thunbergs and pretty much everyone in-between.’

– Armadillo Magazine

'Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire is pure fun and will appeal to both reluctant and keen readers alike . . . Amoore’s take is contemporary, super quirky and a rollicking adventure.'

– Children's Books Daily

'I love this book because I could perfectly relate to most of the wacky things Tess did, and because it wasn’t too easy or too hard.'

– Kayla Ludeman, age 11

'This is a lively but thoughtful middle-grade fiction that kids aged 8–12 will race through with great pleasure.'

– Books + Publishing

'Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire is a lively, precocious book for readers with big ideas and big hearts.'

– Readings

'This is a fresh, exciting and thrilling read for kids.'

– Kids Book Review

‘Fresh, fast and truly laugh-out-loud funny… Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire is fun, easy to read and full of the good stuff that ten year olds need to know, not least the last lesson: we all make mistakes, learn from them and change.’

– BookTrust

‘An original and fun read from first page to last, of special note is the inclusion of real-life bonus tips on how to become a schoolyard millionaire inside!’

– Midwest Book Review