I’m sure many of us did something as a kid that later looked glaringly stupid. I believe mine was writing neighborhood gossip on wood fences throughout our community with my best friend – a girl who led me down the dark path to trouble. We used thick pieces of chalk to pen our messages until getting caught red handed. One hour of terror took a week to clean up. Lindy Sachs in THE SHORT SELLER makes an even worse blunder and one that is very costly.
It’s a compelling ride all the way showing just how hard it is to dig yourself out of a hole. Friendships and family relationships are threatened and it’s very believable.
PUBLICATION DATE:2013 WORD COUNT: 45,478 READING LEVEL: 5.0
FULL PLOT (From Amazon): A twelve-year-old takes on the stock market in this money-minded middle grade novel that Publishers Weekly calls “a smart pick.”
It all starts when seventh grader Lindy Sachs is granted one hundred dollars and access to her father’s online trading account as a way to alleviate her boredom while she’s home sick from school.
Lindy learns something immediately—she is very, very good at e-trading. Her one hundred dollars soon becomes two hundred dollars. Then four hundred. And more. With trading talent and access to her parents’ savings, the opportunity to make some real dough is too tempting to pass up. In fact, given how well Lindy’s stocks are doing, it would be a disservice to not invest it all…Right?
FIVE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT THE SHORT SELLER by Elissa Brent Weissman
- Lindy doesn’t like math, but begins to understand and see its worth using the stock market as the practical example.
- Two parent family! I know this is an usual thing to like, but I have read so many books this year with one parent, no parent, or guardian in the home, it was refreshing to see this dynamic.
- Kids may not gravitate toward this title. They would need some urging but once in they’d enjoy the story. I used to sponsor a local competition called the Stock Market Game. I’d get 4 or 5 interested students at first but by week’s end the numbers had quadrupled. They were reading, debating, making decisions, doing math. All of that before regular classes began. The same happens with THE SHORT SELLER. The excitement of the stock market is evident as it consumes Lindy’s time. Young readers will learn a lot about investing in a fun way.
- The relationship Lindy has with her older sister. It’s up and down the whole way. Very realistic portrayal.
- Anytime a book can win over young readers who may not be excited about math, its well worth the investment.
Lindy looked at Cassie through her tears. She didn’t know about the rest of it, but at least Steph was wrong about one thing. She did have a friend.
Check the links to other Middle Grade novels over at Shannon Messenger’s Marvelous Middle Grade Monday post.