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Lottery Boy by Michael Byrne

A fast-moving and gripping thriller with a powerful emotional engagement; this is a young boy’s story of loss and unbearable hope as he survives on London’s streets.
Reminiscent of Slumdog Millionaire, this contemporary adventure story set on the streets of London follows a boy whose luck is about to change. Since his mother's death, Bully has lost his old life. Living rough with his dog, Jack, he can’t imagine his future. But one day, in the last birthday card she ever gave him, he finds a winning lottery ticket, a last gift from his mum that suddenly offers such hope. If only he can get to his prize on time. Life is not that simple. Bully’s struggle to survive has just got a whole lot harder. They’re after him on the streets, everyone wants a piece of him. And even if he does claim all that money, will he really be winning what he needs the most?

Lottery boy is the story of Bully and his dog Jack. Bully is one of those lost kids who society ignores. His mother is dead and his step father isn't bothered. He feels like no one left cares for him and decides to leave home, go to London and take his chances on the street. As luck would have it whilst on the street he comes across a lottery ticket given as a gift to him by his dead mother worth millions but can't claim it himself and needs to find someone he can trust to claim it for him without stealing from him and he isn't quite sure if anyone he knows actually fits the bill. I wanted to scoop up Bully and look after him.

For me this story is about the relationship between a boy and his dog. I loved the relationship and bond the two have between them. I'd happily read an entire series of the adventures Bully and Jack because the two of them together are utterly charming.

Once the story gets going the trouble Bully finds himself in is nail biting. Untrustworthy characters find out about the winning and are after him. The chase that follows is cinematic and showcase London and its landmarks gloriously.

Definitely a book I would recommend and well worth checking out.