Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Curtis, Christopher Paul.
New York : Wendy Lamb, 2005
IL 3-6, RL 6.4
ISBN 0385909365
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What would you do if you had a quadrillion dollars? Buy a new bike, an I-Pod, a million new video games? Stephen Carter has that much money, but before he can spend it, he has to find out if the money is real! Stephen received the “funny money” from his friendly blind neighbor, Mr. Othello Chickee. He usually treats Stephen to Vernor’s ginger ale and potato chips. Just before going on a long trip, he gave Stephen the unusual currency. The money looks real. Stephen plans to put it in the bank, but before he can get there, Agent Fondoo from the Treasury Department discovers Stephen’s secret and the chase is on! With the help of his best friend Russell and a giant drooling dog named Zoopy, and a spying invention called the Snoopeze 2000, Stephen manages to outsmart the not-so-smart Agent Fondoo, at least for awhile. This is a funny story, with zany characters and magical objects that will have you laughing all the way through the book. It has a surprise ending that you will love.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2006-2007)
SUBJECTS:     Money -- Fiction.
                        Dogs -- Fiction.
                        African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Flint (Mich.) -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.
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