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The Three-Legged Buffalo

Susan Marie Branting

Albert learns the downside of greed in this fast-paced, humorous and exciting story for middle graders.

Albert needs $12 to replace the two boxes of blueberries he greedily ate. While looking for a solution, Albert and his best friend Jay stumble upon a hidden treasure of old coins in an abandoned farmhouse. Albert convinces Jay that they should keep the coins a secrete. When they learn that the coins include the valuable three-legged buffalo nickel, they hurry to move them from the farmhouse before someone else finds them. But a developer wants to tear down the house and build an office park. Albert's mother wants to demolish the house and save the land for the endangered hellbender salamander. And Albert's sister Shelly won't leave them alone.

Jay quotes his father, "Greed is good," and Albert embraces the motto. When Shelly finds them with the coins, she demands a share. Albert persuades her to keep the secret from her best friend, so they won't have to split the coins four ways. He also hides the true value of the coins from her.

Mrs. Dalrumple shows up and claims to own the property. She wants to sell the land to finance operations for her daughter. When Albert, Jay and Shelly try to move the coins at night, thieves steal the coins and lock the trio in a creepy basement. Albert realizes that he has nudged Jay and Shelly toward greed and struggles to make them realize he is the cause of their predicament. They are rescued by Mrs. Lang, local math teacher and numismatist, who had helped them discover the value of the coins.

When Mrs. Dalrumple learns of the valuable coins and finds she has enough money for the operations, she donates the land to Albert's mother's environmental group. The land becomes a park, and the old farmhouse is turned into a nature center. Albert and Jay resolve their damaged relationships with their parents. At a celebration for the new park, Albert, Jay and Shelly, are honored guests. Albert abandons his motto, "Greed is good," when he realizes that doing good, feels good.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Ten Sleep Press
  • Publish Date: Apr 30th, 2024
  • Pages: 178
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.00in - 5.25in - 0.38in - 0.42lb
  • EAN: 9780985981228
  • Recommended age: 10-12
  • Categories: General

About the Author

Branting, Susan Marie: - S. M. Branting has worked as a writer and editor for decades. This is her fourth book. The other three were memoirs, which she either ghost wrote or heavily edited. This is her first work of fiction.