Episode # 41

You May Already Be a Winner

Ann Dee Ellis

From critically acclaimed author Ann Dee Ellis, a middle grade novel about one girl’s hilarious and heartaching struggle to keep hope alive for her and her sister in Sunny Pines Trailer Park.
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You May Already Be a Winner

Twelve-year-old Olivia Hales has a foolproof plan for winning a million dollars so that she and her little sister, Berkeley, can leave behind Sunny Pines Trailer Park.

But first she has to:

Fix the swamp cooler and make dinner and put Berkeley to bed because her mom is too busy to do all that. Write another letter to her dad even though he hasn’t written back yet. Design a Preschool curriculum for Berk because neither of them is going to school and someone needs to teach Berk the important stuff like reading and art and how to do real push-ups, and that the only way to eat tuna sandwiches is with Doritos in them. Petition the Home Owners’ Association to put on a circus spectacular, because there needs to be something to look forward to at dumb-bum Sunny Pines. Run an ultra-marathon or join the CIA to impress her new friend Bart. Enter a minimum of fourteen sweepstakes a day. Who knows? She may already be a winner!

Although Olivia is being so brave (like fight-a-black-mamba brave) and so strong (like save-a-monster-truck-from-a-fiery-inferno strong), there’s one person she’s forgetting that needs to be taken care of too: herself. But who is going to do that? Luckily, somewhere deep down between her small intestine and stomach is a little pocket with a tiny voice reminding her that sometimes people can surprise you. Even the ones at dumb-bum Sunny Pines.

Praise for You May Already Be a Winner

“This book is a love story for all those kids who have had to grow up way too soon, but who also face life with commitment, fortitude and above all, dedication.”
Kathi Appelt, author of the Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist The Underneath

“Olivia’s voice captured me from the first line, but it was her bravery and devotion to her family that kept me reading to the end. The only thing stronger than her imagination is her heart, and my own broke for her as I read. Unforgettable.”
Cassie Beasley, author of the New York Times bestseller Circus Mirandus

“I felt like I hit the jackpot when I read this book. Olivia’s story is lively, full of heart, and a must-read for anyone who knows what it feels like to hope and dream big.”
Ally Condie author of New York Times bestseller Matched and Summerlost

Ann Dee Ellis lives in Utah with her husband and four sons. She is the author of the YA novels This is What I Did:, Everything is Fine, and The End or Something Like That. You May Already Be a Winner is her middle grade debut.
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