Lia's Guide to Winning the Lottery
By Keren David
(Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Hardcover, 9781847803313, 352pp.)
Publication Date: March 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Categories: Humorous Stories
"Tart, funny and fast-moving, with a touch of rueful realism and a lot of heart." -Kirkus Reviews
Think winning the jackpot will solve all your problems?
Life's hard for Lia. Her mom is a nag, her sister a pain, and the gorgeous but mysterious Raf seems immune to her charms. When Lia wins £8 million on the lottery, though, suddenly everything is different. But will Lia's millions create more problems than they solve?
First, a resentful gang of girls at school set up a 'We Hate Lia Latimer' Facebook group . . . that soon gains fans in the thousands. Her friend Shazia can't have anything to do with Lia's new-found fortune, believing gambling to be immoral. The mom of her other best friend, Jack, is threatening to sue Lia for what she believes to be his share of the winnings. Raf's behaviour is getting stranger and stranger, and Lia can't help but wonder whether there's something to the school rumours that he's not . . . well, human. And when her sister Natasha goes missing, Lia begins to wonder if a millionaire lifestyle is all it's cracked up to be. . .
Keren David was brought up in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, and went to school in Hatfield. She left school at 18 and got a job as a messenger girl on a newspaper, then turned down a place to read English at university to take an apprenticeship as a junior reporter. She was freelancing as a reporter on the old Fleet Street by her mid-twenties and, after living and working in Scotland for two years, was appointed as a news editor on The Independent at the age of 27. She worked at The Independent for six years, moving from news to become a commissioning editor on the Comment pages.
She and her family then went to live in Amsterdam for eight years where she was editor in chief of a photo-journalism agency. On returning to the U.K. in 2007 she decided to attend a course on writing for children at the City University. When I Was Joe started out as a project for that course. She lives in London with her husband and two children and studying for an Open University degree in Humanities with Art History.
"A good example of sharp, sassy fiction about urban girls who have made an art form of shopping and self-absorption, but are proved not to be completely shallow . . . The details of how she obtained the winning ticket make a killer punchline."
The London Observer