Thursday, January 12, 2012

7 Middle Grade Novels About Young Entrepreneurs

The Fourth StallThe Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
Mac and Vince run a mafia-like business out of fourth stall of the unused boys' bathroom in the East Wing of their school. They get more than they can handle, though when a third-grader asks for help fending off a high school bully named Staples.
Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of GreedFlat Broke by Gary Paulsen
After losing his allowance, Kevin comes up with several harebrained get-rich-quick schemes, all of which serve to complicate his life even further, alienating his friends and emptying his pockets.
Good Job Kanani  (American Girl of the Year 2011 Book 2)Good Job, Kanani by Lisa Yee
Kanani takes on the important job of selling shave ice at her parents' cart on the beach in order to raise money to help the monk seals, but tensions rise when her best friend would rather surf than help out as she promised.
Just Grace Walks the Dog (Just Grace)Just Grace Walks the Dog by Charise Mericle Harper
Grace, determined to convince her parents she is mature enough to have a dog, takes on a job as a dog-walker for one of her neighbors.
CrunchCrunch by Leslie Connor
An unexpected gasoline shortage leaves Dewey to manage the family's bike repair shop on his own, and he must find resourceful ways to deal with the increased business as more and more people abandon their cars for bicycles.
In Business With Mallory (Mallory McDonald, #5)In Business with Mallory by Laurie Friedman
Mallory is desperate to own the perfect purse, so when her parents say no, she decides to start her own business. Unfortunately, the business takes over her life, and when she finally earns the purse money, she has to wonder if it's worth it.
Kristy's Great Idea: A Graphic Novel (BSC Graphix, #1)Kristy's Great Idea by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemier
When Kristy's mother finds herself stuck without a babysitter at the last minute, inspiration strikes and Kristy decides to form the Baby-sitters Club with three other girls from her neighborhood. (This is the graphic novel version; I reviewed the re-release of the original version here.)


  1. I love themed book lists! I'm so glad to have discovered yours. Yay, Comment Challenge!

    I'm starting with your Nursery Rhymes and Baseball lists.

  2. What a clever theme! I think this was a genre I enjoyed as a kid... Homer Price, Babysitter's Club, Mariah Delaney's Lending Library Disaster... those were some of my old favorites.

  3. I like your review index. Wow. It's wonderful to check out a review of a book and your themed idea is great. My son just read Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen. He was amazed with the financial side of the story. :)MaryHelen

  4. Jen FW - I love them, too! It's a lot of fun trying to come up with books I've read to fit the different themes.

    Christy - I read Homer Price when I was in library school for a project I did on Robert McCloskey. That would be a great addition to the list!

    Mary Helen - Thanks! There is a reference to Lawn Boy in Flat Broke, actually.

  5. Great picks! I especially love Just Grace. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough for me to share the Just Grace books with her. :)

  6. I have a suggestion. The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies. Great story of sibling rivalry and economics!

  7. Mindy - Just Grace is one of my all-time favorites, too!

    Angie - I really want to read that one, too. Thanks for the suggestion!


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