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E-PUB ⚾ The Billion Dollar Boy Ë Shelby Crawford Jerome Prescott Cheever V is one of the richest young men of the twenty second century His life on Earth has been spent in idle luxury, until a careless mistake strands him on a mining colony in the Messina Dust Cloud, twenty seven light years from Earth Stuck among the miners for at least six months, far from his fortune and hordes of servants, Shelby must learn to survive in space and to fend for himself His new life is full of dangers and surprises, but it may also reveal the true shape of his destiny I m actually quite pleased with this book It was engaging, with a great moral to the story.I can t quite give it five stars, but 4.5 would do.For my clean readers language, mild violence, and poor teenage choices such as drinking and fighting. Part of the Jupiter series, but each book stands alone, so read in any order you like.I keep thinking this is Richie Rich s cousin Reggie, in a future alternative world I liked this story somewhat, but found the lack of detailed events spoke too much to the teen reader and so it detracted a bit from my enjoyment This is a bit dated and I think today s young adult reader isdemanding It is a fun read, and likely was well received in its day, but could stand for some modernization Hav Part of the Jupiter series, but each book stands alone, so read in any order you like.I keep thinking this is Richie Rich s cousin Reggie, in a future alternative world I liked this story somewhat, but found the lack of detailed events spoke too much to the teen reader and so it detracted a bit from my enjoyment This is a bit dated and I think today s young adult reader isdemanding It is a fun read, and likely was well received in its day, but could stand for some modernization Have a GoodReads by Charles Sheffield, published in 1997.If you enjoy the young adult Heinlein novels then you are sure to like The Billion Dollar Boy by Sheffield It is the second book in the Jupiter Novel series begun by Sheffield and Pournelle with Higher Education.This novel deals with Shelby Crawford Jerome Prescott Cheever V yes a very pretentious name the son of Industrial superpower J.P Cheever and yes, he is incredibly rich at least on Earth Bored and wanting to do something he convinces his by Charles Sheffield, published in 1997.If you enjoy the young adult Heinlein novels then you are sure to like The Billion Dollar Boy by Sheffield It is the second book in the Jupiter Novel series begun by Sheffield and Pournelle with Higher Education.This novel deals with Shelby Crawford Jerome Prescott Cheever V yes a very pretentious name the son of Industrial superpower J.P Cheever and yes, he is incredibly rich at least on Earth Bored and wanting to do something he convinces his mother to take a cruise out to the Kuiper Belts to see the mining operations.And of course it goes horribly wrong He jumps through a node and winds up not a the Kuiper Belt but in the Messina Cloud some 37 light years from Earth Lucky for Shelby he is picked up aboard a harvester ship and, through some heavy learning, eventually becomes a part of her crew The Billion Dollar Boy is essentially a coming of age story where Shelby has much to learn which his pampered life on Earth never prepared him for But he is eager to learn and gains a lot of insight into his previous behaviour and how the real world works.A delightful novel really and theI think of it theit reminded me of Red Planet by Heinlein, another great young adult read.Sheffield really does get things right in this novel and it is fun to discover the mysteries of the Messina cloud with Shelby Machines possess incredible logical artificial AI, and everything is recycled and reused where possible and all the harvester crews, despite being in direct competition help each other whenever possible.And the reefs in the Messina clouds have a huge enigma in the sounders they are either strange phenomena or a life form and nobody knows for sure They play a part in the story though and what we find out about them is pretty cool.A recommended read for sure if you like young adult fiction The whole four book series is as follows the can be read separately but I would read them in the order written below if you want to make sure you don t miss any of them.Higher EducationThe Billion Dollar BoyPutting Up RootsThe Cyborg From Earth This is one of the Tor Jupiter series, with four juvenile novels Higher Education , The Billion Dollar Boy , Putting Up Roots , The Cyborg from Earth released between 1997 and 2003 All four books are enjoyable even for adults, but and I have the word of my two children here they are great fun for teens as well.This novel is somewhat a space fiction Captains Courageous Shelby Cheever is the eponymous boy who decides that he can pout and tantrum his way to what he wants In This is one of the Tor Jupiter series, with four juvenile novels Higher Education , The Billion Dollar Boy , Putting Up Roots , The Cyborg from Earth released between 1997 and 2003 All four books are enjoyable even for adults, but and I have the word of my two children here they are great fun for teens as well.This novel is somewhat a space fiction Captains Courageous Shelby Cheever is the eponymous boy who decides that he can pout and tantrum his way to what he wants In a move to get attention from the staff on his mother s space liner, Shelby lands himself in an outbound ore carrier, on his way to a ship bound society where a man s name means less than his word and where Shelby s word has no value.As with the boy in Captains Courageous , character growth proceeds along realistic lines Shelby learns how to negotiate rather than lie, contribute instead of throwing tantrums, and appreciate the value of others efforts in his behalf and with that appreciation comes an realistic idea of his own capabilities and worth