Sunday, June 23, 2013


Title ~ Salesmanship
Author ~ Jack Ewing
Publisher ~ Untreed Reads
Published ~ 23 October 2012
Genre ~ Mystery/Short

*Book source ~ Many thanks to Untreed Reads for providing a review copy. Please see disclaimer page.

My Rating ~ 4 bites out of 5

Travis is 11 years old and has been a door-to-door salesman for his mother for a few years. No matter what weird object she produces for him to sell he manages to unload everything. He has a knack for getting people to part with their money in exchange for crocheted, knitted or sewn items, painted rocks or homemade foodstuffs. This time it is chocolate chip cookies. 

Travis just wants to read his comic book. He doesn’t want to go out and hawk wares to people who don’t want them. But his mother insists and off they go, this time to a more affluent neighborhood a little distance from their usual stomping grounds. The very first fancy house Travis goes to has a surprise inside though and Travis learns more than he needs to know about the rich.

This a short well-written story. I really felt for Travis, having to sell stuff to help his family make ends meet when he just wants to be a normal kid. What he discovers at the Lamberts is interesting, to say the least. But I have a feeling the money he made from that one sale will only spur his mother on to new and weirder ideas. Then what will he do?

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