Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers
Rupert lives with his family in the poorest section of Steelville, Ohio. When he spends Christmas with his classmate Turgid Rivers, he is offered the opportunity to win wonderful prizes in the family games—prizes he hopes to take home so he can share his bounty. After he loses everything, Rupert resigns himself to going home empty handed. Feeling guilty, the Rivers family try to make it up to him by taking Rupert on one unlikely adventure after another.
Polly Horvath’s books include The Canning Season (National Book Award winner and YA Canadian Book of the Year), Everything on a Waffle (Newbery Honor Book), and My One Hundred Adventures (School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Booklist Editors’ Choice, and Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of the Year).