Charlie Lewis goes on a roller coaster ride of risk, math, and gaming in this middle grade novel that parallels the New York Times bestselling Bringing Down the House, which inspired the movie 21.
Charlie Lewis is a nerd. All he’s ever been good at is math—and he’s really good at math. So good that he’s recruited by a group of kids determined to game the system at the biggest theme park in the world—and win the grand prize. Soon Charlie is caught up in the excitement and thrill of using his math skills for awesomeness…but what’s at stake may be more than he’s willing to risk. How far will Charlie go for a chance at the ultimate reward?
- Fun story idea but bad messages for kids
Parents be aware - this is not Christian. The Lord’s Name is misused multiple times and there’s other light language throughout. The story line is fun, a smart boy joins up with a group of other smart kids to use science and math to beat carnival games. But, the characters lie repeatedly, cheat, steal, deceive their parents and break into buildings etc without consequences - ever. In fact at the end, the adult in the wrong gets off free and the kids who lied, cheated and stole to win get to do what they want with the winnings. There were a few uncomfortable descriptions of women (especially for the target audience of this book). One character quit the swim club on the day of the final competition because he determined that he could beat everyone and he didn’t need to prove anything. Theres no regret that he let his entire team down by not showing up that day. Also, another character realizes that the adult in charge is lying and deceiving the whole group but he still feels obligated towards the abusive adult. This is a terrible message for kids. Which is super disappointing because the idea of the story could be really good.
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