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Spoils

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Spoils

Leni is about to find out what money can and cannot buy --- and just what price people will be willing to pay.

Tammar Stein offers a fascinating exploration of how people can be swayed by the powerful allure of money and its ability to enact an abundance of good, as well as immeasurable harm. 

The Kohn family believed that winning the lottery was the best and luckiest thing to ever happen to them. But seven years and millions of wasted dollars later, Leni is beginning to realize just how cursed her family is by all this money they were never meant to have. All that remains of their winnings is the one million dollars in Leni’s trust fund, an account that matures on her eighteenth birthday. Leni was all set to use the money to save her parents from bankruptcy, until her sister Natasha shows up one day with a startling confession. Natasha arranged for her family to win the lottery by making a deal with a frightening stranger, a deal that came with a terrible price. Now Leni has one week to find a way to use the money to atone for Natasha’s sins, otherwise her family may be ruined forever.

Tammar Stein offers a fascinating exploration of how people can be swayed by the powerful allure of money and its ability to enact an abundance of good, as well as immeasurable harm. Leni is a very strong character dedicated to her family and to righting the wrongs of those around her. However, the other characters remain uninspiring and the plot anticlimactic. SPOILS ends on both a hopeful and chilling note, as balance is restored to some lives while others remain teetering on the cusp of darkness and desperation.

Reviewed by Sabrina Abballe on December 17, 2013

Spoils
by Tammar Stein

  • Publication Date: December 10, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0375870628
  • ISBN-13: 9780375870620