Today's book: Marco's Millions, by William Sleator, 2001. Despite the silly title, this is a fairly tight book about independent children making tough choices and being willing to pay the price. Sleator's books put their young protagonists at the center of the action -- Marco and his sisters are the ones affecting the universe while their parents natter ineffectively around the edges. My favorite part was the uniformly petty and low younger sister, born with an annoying cry and doomed to grow up to be a fat slob who smokes around babies. Who needs redeeming qualities? I'm going to give this to my son to read on his next trip, to show him that a few thousand miles isn't much of a journey.