From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up—Offering practical information and advice, these titles will be useful additions. The writing is accessible and directed at readers who know how to spend money but not how to spend it wisely. Complicated topics such as creating and managing a budget, credit scores, and negotiating a high-ticket item like a car are explained in everyday language. Common pitfalls such as spending beyond one's means are outlined, and suggestions on how to avoid or solve them are included in each book. Examples are clearly aimed at teens and their lifestyle. In Credit Cards
, readers learn what happens if they do not pay the balance on their card each month. First Car Smarts
describes the hidden and often overlooked costs of car ownership. First Job Smarts
contains information on income tax and saving and investing. The last title includes examples of several budgets, each with common expenses such as music downloads, pizza, and gas. The books are heavily illustrated with large, clear, up-to-date photographs of teens.—Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN
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