Short Seller

Short Seller

Book Information

Publisher
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 7, 2013)
Curriculum
Mathematics Curriculum

Ice-skating lessons, how her friend looks in her glasses, who eats together in the cafeteria...these are the things seventh-grader Lindy Sachs has had on her mind this year.  Her friends Steph and Howe hang out with her and the drama is pretty mundane.  Then, Lindy gets mononucleosis and has to stay home from school for weeks.  She's missing everything at school and she's bored at home.  

Her father asks for her help one day.  He needs Lindy to go online and buy a stock for him while he's at work.  Lindy learns how to follow the steps to make the stock purchase and carries it out for him.  Even though she isn't very good at math and doesn't like math, little by little and day by day she gets more and more into stocks.  How do you pick one to buy?  How  do you buy one? 

Her father and mother give her $100.00 of real money to choose her own stocks and buy online. Will she make money? Will she lose it all?  What is buying on margin?  What is short selling?  

Erasing stereotypes and stretching the boundaries of possibilities, Lindy discovers a passion for stock trading and she discovers a whole lot of money in her parents' online trading account. 

This is a fun slice of seventh grade life set in all of its friendship drama but at the same time inviting girls to see the world of the stock market as a potential world they can understand and operate in successfully.  

Love the encouragement to go beyond the mall and love the level the story moves to with the consequences and information that result.  If you know a 10, 11, 12, 13 year old girl who needs to start finding her place in the world, this is a great place to start.  Ages  9-13    978-1442452558

Recommended by:  Barb  

(PS We invited this author and 3 others Erica Perl, Shawn Stout and Elisabeth Dahl to do a GIRLPOWER event for us.....awesome!)

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