Wednesday, February 12, 2014

THE SHORT SELLER by Elissa Brent Weissman

The Short Seller

When Lindy gets mono and is stuck at home for weeks on end, her parents give her $100 to buy and trade stocks - something to keep her occupied while she is home. It's fun - and Lindy's pretty good at it! She learns to read the charts and the Wall Street Journal, and she watches her money grow. But being out of school for so long strains her relationships with "friends," and in a fit of frustration, Lindy dips into her parents' money - and the market tanks.  Lindy is desperate to fix her very expensive error in judgment, but her solution draws the attention of the SEC.

While stressful (I found myself thinking, "Oh, don't do it. Don't do it! Oh, she did it...."), this was enjoyable. Lindy's family is very normal and the friendship issues are very believable. The stock information is explained fairly well - at least for the major plot points. Kids who enjoy the story - or the idea of making money - might be inspired to learn more. I especially liked the tie in to Lindy's math lessons, and how the stock work made the math homework more practical and understandable for Lindy. I'm looking forward to getting this one into the library at school and sharing it with students!

4 out of 5 stars

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