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The author of The Skin I'm In offers another provocative slice of city life, vibrantly evoking its sights, sounds and smells. With her brassy voice and saucy attitude, 13-year-old Raspberry Hill emerges as a vivacious heroine. She knows first-hand that living in the housing project is better than being out on the streets, but she and her mother are equally determined to move to a safer neighborhood. That's why Raspberry is so "money hungry," hoarding her savings and doing almost anything ("I wouldn't do nothing bad. Nothing that would hurt people, like selling dope, or shoplifting") to earn a few extra dollars. Her stinginess (well known throughout the school) causes as many problems as solutions. When her money issues begin interfering with her friendships, Raspberry is forced to reexamine her priorities and values. Flake candidly expresses the difficulty in breaking the cycle of poverty and leaves it up to readers to judge Raspberry's acts. Ironically, it's not the heroine's stash of hard-earned cash that brings about positive change for the family, but rather her mother's ingenuity and the support offered by generous neighbors. Ages 8-12. (June)
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Grade 7-9-Raspberry Hill, 13, loves money. She sells clearance holiday candy and pencils, and keeps her lunch money rather than eat. She hoards every dime she can gather and hides her cash in her room. Greed drives her and is more important than friends, boys, or her mother's love. Ever since her father got involved with drugs and she and her mother lived on the streets for a while, cash makes her feel safe. She and her mother now have a place of their own, but life in the projects is hardly ideal. Everybody has problems: Mai Kim, with her mixed heritage; Ja'nae, whose mother deserted her; the bothersome neighbors, Check and Shoe, who help drug dealers in order to eat. When Raspberry's mother finds her stash, she thinks it's stolen, and throws it out the window. Everything else-furniture, dishes, and clothes-is stolen from their apartment and the teen and her mother are on the street again. Raspberry then has to face the questions in her life and work with her mother toward possible solutions. Flake does a stunning job of intertwining Raspberry's story with daily urban scenes, and she writes smoothly and knowingly of teen problems, discussions, and reactions. Focused storytelling, clear writing, and a compelling voice are the highlights of this short novel.
Gail Richmond, San Diego Unified Schools, CA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 18 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (July 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423103866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423103868
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Davanzo on May 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Sharon Flake has successfully written another inspiring book dealing with inner-city youth. Money Hungry was another breath taking story about the problems that inner-city youth face today. Just as she did in The Skin I'm In, Sharon created characters so true to life that the reader feels so in touch with each character. In Money Hungry,Raspberry is so worried about living on the streets again, she is obsessed with having a security fund so that she and her Mother never have to face that horrific ordeal again. I already miss Raspberry and her friends. Finally, an author that grabs and holds the attention of my students who are so reluctant to read. With her books, my students do not want to stop reading, this being a major accomplishment. Don't expect to be able to put this one down. Thanks Sharon Flake for giving my students stories they can relate to. We are waiting for many more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
The message in Money Hungry by Sharon G. Flake has a lot to do with life, and I would recommend this book to teenagers and to who ever love to read. The story tells about four girls that have problems with money either they don't have it or they try to fine a way to make. So the people at there school consider them to be money hungry. A girl, Raspberry, whose mother and she have been kicked out, and were staying in the city dump. Soon the girl's mother found a job, and then they bought an apartment. That little part in the story was probably telling about someone the author new that was staying somewhere and were kicked out there house. Then, it goes on to tell how the girl hated to be without money. She felt that if she didn't have money or enough to pay for what ever they owe that they would be put back out on the street.

The story had some weakness were the author stats to include too many details that don't really have anything to add to the theme of the story. The girls would be in a particular area and the author would start to explain how the area looks like or what a person would be wearing. There ate also times in the story where she starts to tell about the other girl's problems. Over all, that would be most of the weakness in the story.

Then you have your strengths. Flake found a good way of combining every body's situation to the main characters. In one of the chapters the main character is accused of steeling money from one of her friends. So the parent of that friend called the mother of the main character and took that she was steeling. The girl's mother was so shocked she began to throw all the money the girl made out the window.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
The message in Money Hungry by Sharon G. Flake has a lot to do with life, and I would recommend this book to teenagers and to who ever love to read. The story tells about four girls that have problems with money either they don't have it or they try to fine a way to make. So the people at there school consider them to be money hungry. A girl, Raspberry, whose mother and she have been kicked out, and were staying in the city dump. Soon the girl's mother found a job, and then they bought an apartment. That little part in the story was probably telling about someone the author new that was staying somewhere and were kicked out there house. Then, it goes on to tell how the girl hated to be without money. She felt that if she didn't have money or enough to pay for what ever they owe that they would be put back out on the street.

The story had some weakness were the author stats to include too many details that don't really have anything to add to the theme of the story. The girls would be in a particular area and the author would start to explain how the area looks like or what a person would be wearing. There ate also times in the story where she starts to tell about the other girl's problems. Over all, that would be most of the weakness in the story.

Then you have your strengths. Flake found a good way of combining every body's situation to the main characters. In one of the chapters the main character is accused of steeling money from one of her friends. So the parent of that friend called the mother of the main character and took that she was steeling. The girl's mother was so shocked she began to throw all the money the girl made out the window.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
In this adventurous story, a thirteen year old raspberry hill will do anything to get her hands on cold hard cash. Anything from washing cars, cleaning houses and to the extreme of stealing money. But no matter how much cash raspberry makes, money can't solve her and her mama's problems or put them in a real house instead of the projects.

When it comes to money raspberry will risk anything to get money- even friendships and suspension from school. Will money ever be the answer to a great life? Will raspberry and her momma get the life they deserve or can raspberry make enough money to keep her and her momma off the streets?

Sharon g. flake puts her skills to the test when writing Money Hungry. From her own personal experiences, she writes about the troubles of growing up as a black poor person. She does an exceptional job of leaving cliff hangers and unanswered questions through out the book. When reading this book, you'll be expected to never put this book down! You can bet on this!
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