No Coins, Please‘ by (Canadian) Gordon Korman.  This was a favorite book as a kid. january 17 2009

Now here’s something: it was retardly hard to find.  It took years of serious used-book store and flea-market vigilance; I actually got a bit obsessive about it.  It was like the book had just vanished.  

So when I searched for it at, to link it up above, I was surprised to see they had an abundance of copies.  So now I’m wondering if it’s been re-edited and would like to read the new version and test that theory.