Jackpot

By: Nic Stone

Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas ’n’ Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she—with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan—can find the ticket holder who hasn’t claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite…or divide?

ISBN: 9781984829627

JLG Release: Feb 2020


Sensitive Areas: Mild sexual themes, Racial insensitivity, Strong language, Underage drinking, Mention of underage smoking
Topics: Lotteries , Social classes , Popularity , Family life , Norcross, Georgia , Mystery and detective stories

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Seventeen-year-old Rico Danger (pronounced DON-gur) has never wondered what it would be like to win the lottery, even though her mom isn’t great at handling the little money they have and is too proud to sign up for the public assistance they desperately need. That is, until the Georgia Gas ‘n’ Go where Rico works sells one of two winning tic Seventeen-year-old Rico Danger (pronounced DON-gur) has never wondered what it would be like to win the lottery, even though her mom isn’t great at handling the little money they have and is too proud to sign up for the public assistance they desperately need. That is, until the Georgia Gas ‘n’ Go where Rico works sells one of two winning tickets for a 212 million dollar jackpot. As time passes and the ticket goes unclaimed, Rico is positive that she knows who bought it and is determined to track the kind woman down. After a chance encounter with computer whiz Zan Macklin, one of the richest guys at school, the duo band together to follow the mystery woman’s trail, discover their different attitudes about life, bond over their biracial identities and complicated family relationships, and start to fall for each other. Chapters with inanimate objects’ point of view are interspersed into the first-person narration, giving clues to the plot and levity to serious topics of race, class, privilege, and poverty. While secondary characters could have been more fleshed out, Stone delivers a deftly constructed tale that is equal parts satisfying wish-fulfillment and light-handed lessons learned. A must-purchase for teen collections of all sizes, this is a real winner.

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School, work, home; repeat. Such is the life of Rico, high school senior, part-time convenience-store clerk, and full-time caregiver to her nine-year-old brother. In Rico’s life, there is not much room for friends, fun, or dreaming about the future—until an elderly woman comes to the Gas ’n’ Go on Christmas Eve and purchases a high-stakes l School, work, home; repeat. Such is the life of Rico, high school senior, part-time convenience-store clerk, and full-time caregiver to her nine-year-old brother. In Rico’s life, there is not much room for friends, fun, or dreaming about the future—until an elderly woman comes to the Gas ’n’ Go on Christmas Eve and purchases a high-stakes lottery ticket. When the numbers are announced and no one comes forward with the winning ticket, Rico convinces herself it’s in the elderly woman’s hands. Enlisting the help of her wealthy, popular classmate Zan, she devises a plan to track down the woman—and hopefully be rewarded for her efforts. For Rico, finding the ticket is a matter of survival, but Zan has his own motives that do not involve money. As their adventure unfolds, the teens begin to develop feelings for each other, and they are forced to confront the many dif¬ferences between them. Occasional interludes are narrated by the voices of the winning lottery ticket (“It’s not easy being an inanimate object worth enough American dollars to feed a family of six in Chad for over forty thousand years”), a taxi cab, and other items, broadening the perspective and adding some humor and brief fantastical elements. By turns romantic, funny, and surprising, the story explores how class, status, and money—or lack thereof—have the ability to limit or expand life opportunities, the choices we make, and our universal need for love and connection.

Book Details

ISBN

9781984829627

First Release

February 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

352

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Crown

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild sexual themes, Racial insensitivity, Strong language, Underage drinking, Mention of underage smoking

Topics

Lotteries, Social classes, Popularity, Family life, Norcross, Georgia, Mystery and detective stories,

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