Rich Boy Poor Boy Author:Theodora Dubois When Jane Murray first meets Patrick McGill, she thinks he's the nicest boy she's ever known in her fourteen years, and as she gets to know him better, she's sure of it. The fact that Janey has lost her mother and Patrick both his parents brings the two together from the start. Janey is horrified at the way Pat is treated like a poor relation by... more » his uncle's family, the Barrows, with whom he is obliged to stay until time for him to go off to school in the fall. His cousins make fun of his Irish accent, and even the grownups seem to be unduly influenced by the boy's ragged appearance. When a rumor gets started that some valuable antique buttons belonging to his grandmother are missing, Patrick seems the logical suspect, and it looks as if the boy will have to start school with two strike against him.
Both Pat and Janey are determined not to let this happen, and together they set out to solve the mystery of the missing buttons. It's a winding trail, fraught with discouragements, but also with humorous incidents, and by the time they reach the end of it they find that they have learned a great deal about people, and about each other. There is suspense, drama and a surprising amount of good-humored wisdom in this story, which has enough action to appeal to boys as well as girls.« less