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Children's Nonfiction Money

Follow Your Stuff

Who Makes It, Where Does It Come From, How Does It Get to You?

by (author) Kevin Sylvester & Michael Hlinka

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2019
Money, Business & Economics, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 11 to 14
  • Grade: 6 to 12
  • Reading age: 11 to 14


Get ready to go global!

Our cellphones, our clothes, our food: All are everyday things we consider essential, but we seldom think of what and who is involved in making them and getting them into our hands. In Follow Your Stuff, award-winning children’s author Kevin Sylvester and business professor Michael Hlinka team up again, this time to tackle the dynamics of the global economy, examining the often-complex journey of ordinary goods from production right to our doorsteps.

Using familiar examples, easy-to-follow charts and graphs, and a fun, accessible tone, Hlinka and Sylvester introduce young readers to concepts such as relative value and fair wages and how to think critically about our purchasing decisions. Sylvester’s lively illustrations add even more kid-appeal making this sequel to the critically acclaimed Follow Your Money the perfect introduction to socio-economics and an eye-opening essential read for young people.

About the authors


KEVIN SYLVESTER est auteur laure´at, illustrateur, journaliste, animateur de radio, re´alisateur et documentariste. Il a e´crit les livres de la se´rie MiNRS et Neil Flambe´, ainsi que les livres documentaires Gold Medal for Weird et Sports Hall of Weird. Kevin est reconnu pour son habilete´ de faire un souper dernie're minute avec ce qui est moindrement consommable dans son frigo. Il peut aussi transformer des cercles en chats et des cornets de cre'me glace´e en dragons. Kevin habite a' Toronto.


KEVIN SYLVESTER is an award-winning writer, illustrator, reporter, radio sports host, producer and documentary maker. His books include the MiNRS and Neil Flambé series. Kevin's claims his superpower is that he can take a puck off the head and STILL finish a hockey game. He's also known for his ability to be able to make a last-second dinner from whatever smells reasonably edible in the fridge. And he can instantly turn circles into cats and ice cream cones into dragons. Well, cat and dragon cartoons anyway. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. Visit him online at


Kevin Sylvester's profile page

Michael Hlinka was born in Toronto. He did both his undergrad degree and MBA at the University of Toronto. He is a tenured professor at George Brown College, runs the Passing the CFA Program through the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and does business commentary for CBC Radio. He lives in Toronto.

Michael Hlinka's profile page


  • Joint winner, Best Bets List, Top Ten, Ontario Library Association
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Nominated, Yellow Cedar Award
  • Joint winner, 101 Great Books for Kids, Fuse 8 , School Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

It is eye-opening, and often startling . . . The References and Further Reading section is exceptional . . . Meant for teen consumers, but very informative for their parents and teachers as well.” 

Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 05/26/19

“Eye-opening and thought-provoking.” 

Redeemed Reader, 12/31/19

“Highly readable . . . unique . . . This slim but thoughtful book is an excellent tool to expose students to the practical and ethical sides of economics.” 

School Library Connection, 05/19

“A breezy, straightforward style and jaunty drawings throughout make it a clear and speedy read.”

Toronto Star - Metroland Newspapers, 07/24/19

“Educational, thought-provoking and highly appealing, Follow Your Stuff is not only a must-read for young teens, but it would also be a valuable resource in a class on modern issues or consumerism.”

CM Reviews, 12/14/18

“This book isn’t just good and isn’t just remarkably written, it’s doggone necessary for the 21st century!!” 

Elizabeth Bird, Fuse 8, School Library Journal, 12/28/19

“A thought-provoking breakdown of the real cost of all our cheap stuff.” 

Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 01/15/19

“Fun, clear, and accessible.” 

Youth Services Book Review, 01/20/19

“Provides an ideal starting place for a project and would appeal to students highly motivated to understand the origins of common items . . . Recommended for middle school collections.” 

School Library Journal, 04/30/19

Other titles by Kevin Sylvester

Other titles by Michael Hlinka