A winning lottery ticket … sudden wealth … a dangerous game of life and death.
Tray Dunaway longs to be part of the popular set at school, but she’s growing too fast and her clothes no longer fit. The only person who understands Tray’s need for acceptance is her grandmother, but when Tray wears Gram’s hand-sewn clothes to school, the kids make fun of her tall, boney appearance.
Tray’s luck improves when Pee Wee Johnson, a down-and-out friend of her father’s, buys two lottery tickets and gives one to Mr. Dunaway as a thank-you for driving him to Hazard, Illinois. When her father’s ticket turns out to be the winner, Johnson demands his cut of the proceeds. Tray’s dad refuses.
What seems like a stroke of good fortune quickly becomes a dangerous game of life and death for Tray and her family.
4 Stars! One would be hard-pressed not to root for the likable protagonist and hope that her story eventually ends with a happy ending. ~ RT Book Reviews
Complex characters … Jeter s coming-of-age novel considers the problems that might follow a sudden windfall. ~ Publishers Weekly