Book three in this fun series is out now, and I have a GIVEAWAY Package of all three hardback editions! All you need to do is make a comment below or email your entry name to gpcolo(at)gmail(dot)com. I’ll do the official drawing at noon on June 20th.
Each story stands well on its own so no worries if you start with the most recent. My review is centered on Party Problems but here’s a quick synopsis of the first two:
All the great leaders had to start somewhere. And Theresa (“Resa” for short) is starting with the lemonade stand competition her teacher assigned to the class—but making it a success is going to be a lot harder than Resa thinks.
The prize: line-skipping tickets to Adventure Central. The competition: Val, Resa’s middle school nemesis. And the biggest obstacle to success: Resa’s own teammates. Harriet is the class clown, Amelia is the new girl who thinks she knows best, and Didi is Resa’s steadfast friend—who doesn’t know the first thing about making or selling lemonade. The four of them quickly realize that the recipe for success is tough to perfect—but listening to each other is the first step. And making new friends might be the most important one…
Harriet’s brothers are hoping to enter a local battle of the bands. Winning could get them on a reality TV show! But low funds have left them without even a working guitar.
The Startup Squad jumps into action—and quickly pulls together a plan to sell T-shirts to raise money. They have a lot of great ideas—until everything starts to go wrong. Ruined t-shirts, musicians with stage fright, and money mishaps soon leave the girls with less funding than they started with.
When disappointed fans become an angry mob, the team realizes they have to get back into the groove before the band members—and the Startup Squad—break up for good!
PARTY PROBLEMS centers around Didi as she agrees to make place cards for the wedding of one of her mother’s friends. But when the original wedding planner gets sick, Didi takes on full responsibility and the reception quickly turns into a disaster. The original venue cancels and there’s no band or caterer either. Didi will have to mend a friendship and get the startup squad to work together to pull this off.
Girl power and resourcefulness are the theme. These girls have a knack for problem solving and make great role models for future female business leaders. The fast pace and a few laughs in the 23 chapters will keep you engaged right to the end.
FIVE MORE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT—THE STARTUP SQUAD: PARTY PROBLEMS
- The back pages have tricks and techniques for starting your own business. Inspiring and spot on advice.
- Each of the books feature a Q & A with a real life girl CEO. In the third book it’s Simone Bridges, CEO of Goddess Food Factory.
- This group of middle school girls are diverse although we don’t get too much into the culture of each individual girl. The focus is on problem solving and working together.
- Girls who never thought about being a business leader may look back and find this series was the catalyst for a successful future career.
- Positive messages throughout, especially the idea you sometimes have to delegate to make things happen. One person can’t do it all.
About Brian Weisfeld:
Brian Weisfeld has helped build a number of well-known billion-dollar companies including IMAX Corporation and Coupons.com. He is the Founder and Chief Squad Officer of The Startup Squad, an initiative dedicated to helping girls reach their potential and follow their dreams, whatever their passions. Brian lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two daughters.
About Nicole C. Kear:
Nicole C. Kear lives in New York City with her husband, three firecracker kids and a ridiculously fluffy hamster. She’s the author of The Fix-It Friends chapter book series, as well as middle grade standalone Foreverland .
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