Monday, December 2, 2013

The Short Seller by Elissa Brent Weissman

The Short SellerLindy is in the seventh grade, and she starts feeling tired with a sore throat. It turns out she has mono and strep throat, so she'll be stuck at home for awhile. Her dad asks her to buy stocks, an investment in companies, using the home computer while he's at work. Lindy sees him make hundreds of dollars very quickly, so she gets curious. Her dad lets Lindy invest a hundred dollars in the stock market any way she'd like, and she makes money too. She's starting to get excited about it when it's time to head back to school. However, it looks like things have changed between her best friends, Steph and Howe, and Lindy finds it hard to get used to. Perhaps even worse, Lindy makes a daring plan to make even more money in the stock market, but her parents will kill her if they find out what she's up to.

The stock market may not appeal to most young readers, but I enjoy math. The problem it creates for Lindy is unique, and she manages to make it even worse. The conflict with her friends is more common. Readers who like reading and math may enjoy the story.

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