When Michael can't think of a topic for his school project, he's forced to accept a suspiciously generous offer from his cousin Royce West. he can be Royce's business manager - all he has to do is help him raise the money for a drum set. So just how does he end up running a raffle, frightening the wits out of the whole town and starring ins a documentary?
In the second story, Michael's off to the seaside with his cousins the wild Wests. The first sign of trouble is when Grandadda West invites himself along at the last minute. But that's only the first of many surprises - and just who is Uncle Leo's mysterious friend, Benny the Canary?
When it comes to short stories, I am not a great fan. A good storyline takes time to build up, and short stories either rush the job, or don't complete it... or so I once thought.
Joy Cowley, a prolific children's author, has managed to pack not one, but TWO short stories into this publication of only 124 pages, yet still keeping each story distinct and complete.
Not one for the tiny kids, nor one for the teenagers, but those in the 'tweenie years will find this a good afternoon read for a rainy day, I am sure.
Overall, quite a nifty wee book, and well worth a look at, especially if you have encountered and enjoyed some of Cowley's works previously.
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