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The Get Rich Quick Club
Gutman, Dan.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2004]

Physical Description:
118 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summer vacation in their small Maine town does not look too promising until twelve-year-old Gina and four of her friends make a pact to become millionaires before school starts in September.
Reading Level:

640 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.1 2.0 80840.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.4 6 Quiz: 35537 Guided reading level: U.

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The author of the popular Baseball Card Adventures pens this comic novel about five kids determined to make a million dollars. They come up with a scheme to sell a fake photo of a flying saucer to a local newspaper. But what happens surpasses even their expectation.

Author Notes

Dan Gutman was born in New York City on October 19, 1955. He received a degree in psychology from Rutgers University in 1977. He started a video game magazine in 1982 called Video Games Player, which later became Computer Games. When the magazine went out of business in 1985, he decided to become a full-time writer. He wrote several non-fiction baseball books for adults, before changing his focus to non-fiction sports books for children. In 1994, he decided to switch to children's fiction. He is the author of the Baseball Card Adventures Series, My Weird School series, My Weird School Daze series, My Weirder School series, and The Genius Files series. In 2014 his title, Texas with Love, which was the fourth book in the Genius Files Series, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. Other kids want to be in the Olympics, or they want to become rock stars or presidents. Good for them. I want to be a millionaire. This confession comes from Gina, the wry 11-year-old narrator of Gutman's latest. With help from fellow stockholders, Gina, CEO of the Get Rich Quick Club, cooks up a cockamamy scheme to sell a story about visiting aliens to a tabloid. Gina's deadpan comment when she realizes their staged photo has touched off a nationwide frenzy (Well, I guess I overestimated the intelligence of the human race ) encapsulates the tart, funny thrust of this middle-grade satire, which combines elements of Andrew Clements' Frindle (1996) with the classic UFO scam, War of the Worlds. Some adults may find Gina's Bill Gates worship and the absence of significant consequences for the kids' dishonesty difficult to stomach. No matter; the intended audience will chortle over Gutman's characteristically broad humor, and will appreciate that the lessons about our money-grubbing, media-saturated culture are left implicit. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

With an even-keeled delivery and good sense of humor, Goethals becomes 11-year-old Gina Tumolo, a girl who loves money--she dreams of it, longs for it--and is not ashamed to admit it. With the goal of becoming a millionaire by the time she's a teenager, ambitious Gina moves swiftly into action, forming the Get Rich Quick Club. The five kid members (including a perky girl from Australia armed with an arsenal of colorful idioms), each with his or her own quirky "talent," make a pact to pile up the cash by summer's end. Hatching an account of a UFO sighting, replete with photos, is the first attention-getting, and potentially lucrative, step. Goethals does a commendable job with the character voices (including Australian Quincy) and maintains the lightheartedness that suffuses the comic, outlandish plot points. Listeners will have just as much fun hearing how the scheme unravels as they did during the build-up. Ages 8-12. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Gina, 11, dreams of making her first million this summer and becoming the next Bill Gates, and she recruits two of her classmates, as well as the annoying neighborhood twins, to help her. They call themselves the Get Rich Quick Club. With Gina as the CEO, they devise their company charter and bylaws and decide to fake a UFO sighting and sell their bogus photos to the tabloids for profit. The antics that follow are sure to tickle readers' funny bones. When it seems that the kids will succeed with their plan, the rug is pulled out from under them and their dreams are quickly dashed. However, a fun twist at the end pokes fun at tabloid papers and alleged alien encounters. Gutman's fans will not be disappointed by this fast-paced, comedic tale, and it's ideal for reluctant readers.-Linda Zeilstra Sawyer, Skokie Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



The Get Rich Quick Club Chapter One Nothing to Be Ashamed Of I, Gina Tumolo, love money. So I guess it makes sense for me to dream about it. I, Gina Tumolo, want to be a millionaire. There, I said it. I know it's not cool to say it, but it's the truth, so I might as well admit it. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved money. In fact, the first memory I have is of money. I was sitting on the couch watching TV one day, and I found a dollar bill stuck inside the cushions. I must have been four years old. I remember looking at those mysterious markings on the bill. The pyramid with that creepy-looking eye floating through it. What did it mean, I wondered? It all seemed very mystical and magical and wonderful. I realize that money is just pieces of paper and disks of metal. But from a very young age, I was aware that those papers and disks were powerful. They could be exchanged for other things. You could turn them into just about anything. This was amazing to me. You could actually walk into a store, hand somebody some green pieces of paper, and then take something from the store to bring home with you. To keep! Incredible! And the more of that green paper you had, I quickly learned, the more stuff you could bring home. Wow! What a fantastic idea! I wanted to get as much of that green paper as possible. I never had many toys when I was little. My parents didn't have much money back then. Whenever I asked for something, they would give me the old line "It costs too much," or "Money doesn't grow on trees." Maybe that's why all I ever wanted was to accumulate as much money as I could. We learned in school that King Tut became the ruler of all Egypt when he was about my age, eleven. He owned all the treasures of the kingdom. Bill Gates, I know, started Microsoft when he was barely twenty, and it wasn't long before he became the richest person in the world. Why not me? I asked myself. Why can't I, Gina Tumolo, accumulate a vast fortune at a very young age? What's stopping me? Nothing. Other kids want to be in the Olympics, or they want to become rock stars or presidents. Good for them. I want to be a millionaire. My goal is to make my first million before I'm a teenager. This is the story of the most amazing summer I ever had. It was the summer I started the Get Rich Quick Club. The Get Rich Quick Club . Copyright © by Dan Gutman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from The Get Rich Quick Club by Dan Gutman 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.

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