Big Winner

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:friendship, mystery, lottery winner, intellectual disability, generosity
  • Pub Date:04/11/2023
  • Fry Level:2.1
  • Lexile:540L
  • Flesch-Kincaid Grade:2.1
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:U
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Fourteen-year-old Skye Richardson had to leave her home, school and friends when she and her mom moved across the country to a small town on the East Coast.

She’s not happy about it. Then she gets a part-time job at a local coffee shop and meets Digby Jones. Digby lives in a group home. He loves Ping-Pong and watching his favorite TV shows. He likes things done in a certain way. One day, Digby tells Skye he has the winning million-dollar lottery ticket everyone in town has been talking about. At first, all Skye can think about is how she’d love to have that money to buy her old life back. Soon, however, she begins to worry that people are going to take advantage of her new friend.

“Humorous. Readers will be engaged by plot twists...Enjoyable and heartwarming.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Well-written and beautifully told, Big Winner is a must-read. Highly Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials