"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.
This book has received several rave reviews and so I think you'll be excited to learn that I'm giving away a hardcover of Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune along with an autographed poster and bookmark! Keep reading to enter.
"Unique children’s lit that cleverly tackles interest rates, endowments, fluctuating commodities, bullying and identity."
- Kirkus Reviews
An infant is discovered one night on a commuter train from New York City during a stop in the sleepy town of Wallingford, Connecticut. The local police are summoned, but are unable to locate the boy’s parents, despite painstakingly questioning each person on the train. For some strange reason, none of the passengers can remember seeing his mother falling from the train – after falling victim to an assassin’s bullet.
Assigned the name “Toby Gold” by social services, the mysterious child grows up in Wallingford, moving from foster home to foster home, not knowing who his real parents are - or why he was born with such freakish skills with math and money.
Now a teenager, Toby’s money skills are noticed by the wrong people, and thus he is unwittingly sucked into a high-stakes financial conspiracy that puts his life, and the lives of his two closest friends, in great peril. Ultimately, Toby solves the crime, saves his friends, and even saves his school—all in one harrowing afternoon.
"This fast-paced adventure weaves fundamental concepts in economics and finance seamlessly into the story. Toby Gold makes learning finance exciting."
- Francis A. Longstaff, PhD, Professor of Finance, UCLA - Anderson School of Management
About the Author: Craig Everett
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 was able to remain blissfully unaware that pirates seldom, if ever, ventured that far north. He received his B.A. in Economics from Tufts University, an MBA from George Mason 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.
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