An ideal gift from grandparents!
"Readers will find much to enjoy . . ." —Publishers Weekly
Do you believe in magic? Not ordinary magic—
like pulling rabbits from a hat. Real magic.
When something unbelievable happens that
changes your life in amazing ways. Ten-year-
old Jerry Shore is learning it from the Wonder-
worker by the junkyard, who gives him magical
objects (to sell for good money at school) and
is teaching him The Look, which puts people
under his power. But is he swindling his friends,
or learning about ethics, character, and his
About W.W. Rowe
W.W. Rowe lives in Sedona, Arizona, with his
artist-writer wife Eleanor. He received a B.A.
from Harvard and a Ph.D. from NYU, where he
taught Russian and Comparative Literature.
His publications include seven volumes of literary
criticism and numerous children's stories.
Early Praise, Publishers Weekly
"Rowe, a former college professor and author of
literary criticism, turns his hand to a fiction series
for middle-grade readers with the story of Jerry
Shore. The novel is set in the U.S. just after WWII,
and Jerry and his mother are mourning his father’s
death in the war. When Jerry’s mother tells him that
he is now responsible for their well-being, he deter-
mines to make as much money as possible. Not all
of his moneymaking schemes work out, and not all
of them are honest, but along the way Jerry foils a
bank robbery and meets the Wonderworker, a man
who puts Jerry in touch with his own highest nature.
Jerry’s life and the lives of his friends and family are
changed in unexpected and wonderful ways as a result
of the knowledge the Wonderworker imparts. Readers
will find much to enjoy in Jerry’s humor, his resiliency,
and in the way he meets challenges head on."
Ages 8–12. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/28/2014
Release date: 09/01/2014
“Rowe’s inspired, often wacky tale is full of
surprises, narrative as well as spiritual. It’s
what you might get if Huck Finn stumbled
into the middle of The Razor’s Edge. Young
readers may be entranced by it, they may be
challenged by it, but they won’t forget it. This
is not your mother’s Goodnight Moon!”
—Dean Sluyter, author, Cinema Nirvana
Jerry Shore is ten. He lost his dad five years ago
in the Big War, and broke a finger putting his fist
through a wall. He’s the man of the house and
makes good money now, selling and renting magical
objects he gets from the Wonderworker by the dump.
And he’s learning The Look, which puts people under
When some objects don’t work, burly Cromer Borkin
and sneaky Willie Fielder lead the kids at school to
demand their money back. He’s already spent it and
would be in big trouble if not for The Doubler, which
doubles money left in it overnight. Only pretty Suzie
Steele still believes in him . . . and the Wonderworker,
who cautions him not to misuse The Doubler and helps
him discover his higher self.