With the desire and determination to give his four children a better life and restore the relationship with them after his wife’s death, James Curtis accepted a position as a supervisor at a textile company and moved to Connecticut. Things were great at his new job, but one coworker was spiteful and envious of him. He discredited James, causing him to lose his job. Unable to find work, James became depressed and looked to a bottle for relief. Because of an accident, he was left in a coma. Child Services took the children to a shelter until they could put them in foster homes. They planned to split them up and place them in two different houses. That chain of events made the children run away. Will James come out of the coma? Will the family reunite and be made whole again?
The best details in the book were the father’s down-hill slide. It allows the reader a glimpse of what circumstances may have played a part in a person’s life to leave them homeless. It inspires the reader to look at the down and out with empathy.Although I feel Marchan leaves a little on the table, I also realize the book is for young readers. Her heart for seeing the positive side of things shines through. Sending kids a message that there are people who care is a good thing. There are countless angels working behind the scenes every day in the world.
A greater attachment to the kids could’ve been created if Marchan would’ve articulated more physical details of each child, the heartbreak of the children from sudden losses, the hardships of being alone in a dangerous world.
All-in-all, Mrs. Millionaire and the Runaway Kids is a good beginner novelette for young readers.