As soon as I read the back of Dead Cat Bounce by Nic Bennett, I knew it was a book that I would like. It had everything I was looking for; action, cliffhangers at the end of chapters, and it kept my attention the whole way through. Even though the subject in the book, banking, was not really something I was interested in, Mr. Bennett managed to keep it exciting. This book is not well known, or by a very famous author, but it is still a good read.
In Dead Cat Bounce, Jonah Lightbody, a twelve year old boy, goes to work with his father David, at Helsby, Cattermole, and Partners. After his parents’ divorce, Jonah believes that his father has lost interest in him, so when his father agrees to let Jonah go to work with him, Jonah is in high spirits. However, Jonah soon meets another banker, the Baron, who is a “Whistler,” or someone who likes to be on the wild side, unlike David, who is a “Drizzler.” The Baron soon discovers Jonah’s amazing photographic memory, and puts him to work, making millions a day, until David finds out and puts a stop to it. However, four years later, Jonah quits school, and goes back to work with the Baron and his group, until the market crashes, everything goes wrong, and something shocking occurs that will change both David and Jonah’s lives forever. Soon, Jonah will never be able to trust anyone again.
I think Dead Cat Bounce makes for a very good entertaining read, and it is a fun book. It is definitely a book that I would read again, and I would recommend this book to other readers. The minimum age level for reading this book would be thirteen years old.
-Will R., 9th grade