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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fiscal Press (October 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936214954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936214952
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Unique children's lit that cleverly tackles interest rates, endowments, fluctuating commodities, bullying and identity." - Kirkus Reviews

"Craig Everett has created a book full of suspense, fantasy, teenage pranks, early flirtations, and tension, elements that will keep young readers riveted to the story." - ForeWord Reviews

About the Author

Craig R. Everett was born and raised in Maine, spending his childhood summers digging along the shores of Bar Harbor for buried pirate treasure. Fortunately, he remained blissfully unaware that pirates seldom ventured that far north. He received his B.A. in Economics from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Finance from Purdue University.

Dr. Everett is currently a finance professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he teaches corporate and entrepreneurial finance. Dr. Everett also volunteers in public schools teaching financial literacy principles. He is married with five amazing children.

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Craig Everett was born in Maine and spent his summers in Bar Harbor. He would set up a salt-water aquarium and then go out and collect sea life such as starfish, crabs, sea urchins, clams, mussels and periwinkles. Then he'd watch them "interact." Not a pretty sight. The crabs usually won.

He attended college at Tufts University, just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. He majored in quantitative economics and was one of the founders of an acappella group called the Tufts Amalgamates.

After college he worked for many years in the private sector for a variety of firms, including Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Northrop Grumman. He also participated in a few startup ventures during that time.

He ultimately went back to school for his PhD in Finance at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

He now teaches finance at the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Of all the places he's lived, this is by far the best weather.

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My 9 year old loved this book.
S. MCKEON
The second to entertain with an intriguing mystery/suspense plot that keeps you wanting to read more.
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Like I said earlier, I love added paranormal bits.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dorine White on October 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Toby Gold is a seventh grader in Wallingford, Connecticut. Believing himself abandoned as a baby, he has grown up in many foster homes. The only thing that has stayed constant is his love and talent with money.

At his 10th foster home, Toby is allowed some actual freedom, and gets a job walking a neighbor's dogs. Every day after school he heads to the Leonard's to walk the two dogs, but first he takes a cookie break in the kitchen and watches a little TV- the financial news channel of course. On one of these days he notices something strange in the stock ticker, a secret code, and the message is directed towards him!

Strange things begin to happen. He is awarded a full scholarship to the only private school in the area, and he is assigned to be the personal assistant to the school's broker, Mr. Leonard. He also keeps getting sent secret messages telling him to do things. The only people he dares to tell about the events are his best friends, Marc and Bidge.

Now, Toby is in a boat load of trouble. He is noticed by the wrong people, and hunted for his ability to understand the stock market. Toby is quickly placed in a life or death situation, stuck between two rival investment companies. The only way out is to use his abilities.

My Thoughts-
At first I took a pass on reviewing this book, kids and finances, it just didn't seem interesting. But then I took a more detailed look at the synopsis and realized there was a huge potential for an awesome story. Lucky for me, I sent a request to review. The book is great.

The story starts off in the past, with Toby's mother being chased by the bad guys, and her having to leave the baby in a bathroom on a train. The last we see of her is when she is murdered and her body thrown from the train.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By meanddoxie on October 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
: I read this book with some skepticism that it would be any good because it contains so many different things. From finance (which is the main theme) to fantasy (which includes superpowers). The age range on this book is 9-15 and although it actually turned out to be a great read, meaning I will be reading it again at some point and passing it to my children as they get a little older, I do think that the age of 9 is a little too young and the age of 15 is too low of a cap. I would put this book more along the lines of 12-17 years old albeit an easy read for a 17 year old the financial aspect would be something better suited to a person who is learning more about `real' math and interest, compound interest, saving money and having their money work for them, then someone the age of my daughter who is 10 as she is attending one of the best schools and is learning fractions and dividing. The finance in this book truly is finance and I learned a lot at the age of 27.
The layout of this book and the multiple story lines were wonderful as they all merged together at a certain point and that "AHA" moment finally clicked. I was reading and waiting for the climax in the story and when the crisis finally became obvious I was enthralled and finished reading the rest of the book in a very short time frame. At one point in the story I was even brought to tears feeling sympathetic to Toby Gold and his life situation.
The way this book ends leaves you on the edge of your seat and hoping that the author, Craig Everett, will be creating a series out of this story. Many questions are left half answered leaving me eager for more! I strongly recommend this book to pretty well all readers as it offers so much that all readers can enjoy it. This is a book I would love for the schools to read in English to help kids understand what they are learning in math.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on December 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was hooked in the first chapter. The suspense was totally engaging. I love that it portrays the main characters as smart with good morals exactly how young adult books should be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Stucki on January 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Couldn't put this book down. My 12 year old loved the characters and the story. He loved learning about the stock market in such an interesting way. It's wonderful to be able to find a clean youth book that teaches fiscal principals and entertains.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Christensen on December 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Money is the most dangerous magic."
I love that tagline and I think this book is an excellent find for the middle-grade readers in your family. Craig has a great voice and I found myself laughing at the funny things his characters say, like, "Rat snacks!"
There is a certain scheme involving chocolate pudding that you won't want to miss--especially because it concerns justice served in the face of a bully.
Toby Gold has a unique talent in math, money, and the stock markets. Kids will enjoy this read as well as the secret codes that go along with it--can you crack the code?
Through Toby's adventures, we learn some great finance information that jump-starts an education that is much needed in today's society.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. MCKEON on November 25, 2012
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My 9 year old loved this book. I work in finance and decided to start exposing my daughter to these ideas while she is still young, so that hopefully they don't seem as intimidating when she gets older. Having said that, not many 9 year olds are going to jump at the chance to learn basic finance. This book seems to get it right because we bought the kindle version at about 7pm and had to take it away from her at 10:30pm so she would go to sleep. She woke up and continued reading the next day, and had finished it by the next afternoon. In other words, it held her attention - a tough task for any book aimed at pre-teens and young adults, let alone one with educational lessons in it. I'm recommending this book to everyone I know with middle school age kids.
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