Lunch Money by Andrew Clements personifies the effects of capitalism, both the good and the bad. It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies.

Kids, especially in America, equate success with making lots of money, and main character Greg, is no different. He is a young entrepreneur who is full of ideas and dreams of the big bucks!

Greg realizes his schoolmates are the perfect consumer and the key for him to reach his dreams. He is forced to face the competition and the obstacles the school puts in his way.

From the Book Jacket:

Greg Kenton has two obsessions — making money and his long-standing competition with his annoying neighbor, Maura Shaw. So when Greg discovers that Maura is cutting into his booming Chunky Comics business with her own original illustrated minibooks, he’s ready to declare war.

The problem is, Greg has to admit that Maura’s books are good, and soon the longtime enemies become unlikely business partners. But their budding partnership is threatened when the principal bans the sale of their comics in school. Suddenly, the two former rivals find themselves united against an adversary tougher than they ever were to each other. Will their enterprise — and their friendship — prevail?

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This is a great book for kids to really think about entrepreneurship and all the highs and lows it may bring. What lengths and sacrifices would you be willing to endure in order to run a profitable business?

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Lunch Money for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

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