Mr. Chickee's Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis

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Mr. Chickee, the genial blind man in the neighborhood, gives 9-year-old Steven a mysterious bill with 15 zeros on it and the image of a familiar but startling face. Could it be a quadrillion dollar bill? Could it be real? Well, Agent Fondoo of the U.S. Treasury Department and his team of Secret Government Agents are determined to get that money back! But Steven and his best friends, Russell and Zoopy the giant dog, are more than a match for the Feds. After all, Steven is the president of the Flint Future Detectives Club, and the inventor of fantastic spying and detecting equipment such as the Snoopeeze 9000!


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About Christopher Paul Curtis

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Christopher Paul Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan, and grew up there. Bud, Not Buddy, his second novel, winner of the 2000 Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award, is available in a Delacorte hardcover edition.












Author Residence: Detroit, Michigan












Author Hometown: Flint, Michigan
 
Published April 23, 2009 by Yearling. 162 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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When Mr. Chickee gives fourth-grader Steven Carter a special present, he sets in motion this first in a humorous series starring the Flint Future Detectives.

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The New York Times

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(Ages 8 to 12) It's Steven the detective who carries us through this story, a youth-league noir in which a blind man, Mr. Othello Chickee, subject of much local gossip, gives Steven a strange gift.

Jan 15 2006 | Read Full Review of Mr. Chickee's Funny Money

Publishers Weekly

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The trio's first mission is to find the whereabouts of Rodney Rodent, Russell's tiny lost dog, who Russell believes disappeared inside a "horrible, frightening" mural advertising Vernor's ginger ale.

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Meanwhile, with the help of his two sidekicks, seven-year-old Russell Woods and Russell's monstrous dog, Zoopy, Steven is kept busy trying to stay one step ahead of Special Agent William T.

Sep 05 2005 | Read Full Review of Mr. Chickee's Funny Money

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So when these topics come up at the meeting, Steven is as surprised as anyone when he totally agrees that Richelle should be president and, of course, that Rodney Rodent will be "the number one sneak, official map reader and number one bug chaser…" No sooner are these changes made in the Flint ...

Jan 23 2007 | Read Full Review of Mr. Chickee's Funny Money

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Steven's dad thinks the money is an advertising gimmick, but Steven's mother wants a second opinion, which is how Steven got entangled with the Treasury Department in the first place.

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