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The Secret Life of Money

A Kid's Guide to Cash

by Kira Vermond, designed by Samantha Edwards, illustrated by Clayton Hanmer

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list price: $11.99
edition:eBook
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published: May 2014
ISBN:9781926973203
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
Description

If discussing money is a difficult task for adults, it’s doubly so where kids are involved. Not only is the subject loaded with cryptic jargon (mortgages? Bull markets? Huh?), but it often fails to click with how a kid sees his or her world. Many preteens and young teens do not yet have a job, and even if they do, their responsibilities with their earnings are miles away from grown-up money issues. In other words, not only is money a little overwhelming and mysterious, it’s also seen as something they can't do anything about. The Secret Life of Money is written to address this last point in particular. It’s central message is that money affects us deeply and that even kids can have an effect on it, too. This book uses odd anecdotes, engaging comics, and a wealth of surprising everyday connections to help young readers see and understand cash from an entirely different angle. From the history of different currencies to why we buy what we buy, from how charities and credit cards work to saving and investing, and a whole lot more, readers will gain not only an appreciation for the myriad ways that money changes, influences, and (even) betters their lives, they will arrive to an understanding of the control they have over it.

About the Authors

Kira Vermond

KIRA VERMOND is an award-winning writer with over 1,000 articles to her name. She is a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Today's Parent, and the author of The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's Guide to Cash, currently nominated for the Red Maple Award. She lives in Guelph, ON.
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Samantha Edwards

KIRA VERMOND is an award-winning writer with over 1,000 articles to her name. She is a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Today's Parent, and the author of The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's Guide to Cash, currently nominated for the Red Maple Award. She lives in Guelph, ON.
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Clayton Hanmer

CLAYTON HANMER is an award-winning illustrator and graphic artist. He writes and illustrates "CTON's Corner," a popular monthly feature in OWL Magazine. The winner of many industry awards, his work appears in such diverse publications as National Geographic Kids, The Walrus, and the New York Times. He lives in Toronto.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 13
Grade:
4 to 8
Awards
  • Short-listed, British Columbia Library Association, Red Cedar Information Book Award
  • Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award
  • Commended, VOYA's Nonfiction Honor List
  • Short-listed, Ontario Library Association, Red Maple Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens Selection
Editorial Reviews

A user-friendly guide packed with so many invaluable tips that adults may want to browse it too...Highly recommended.

— The Midwest Book Review

The Secret Life of Money makes a significant contribution to the current demand in our society for young people to receive education in financial literacy...Highly recommended.

— CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

An excellent resource for teachers from grades 5 to 10 who teach both math and business related subjects.

— Resource Links

A perceptive and timely publication on financial literacy for a new generation.

— School Library Journal

Vermond clearly finds the topic fascinating, and her informal and approachable text, which doesn't sacrifice solid information in the name of chattiness, may help win over readers who might otherwise shudder at the mention of compound interest, subprime lending, or credit rating.

— Booklist

Comprehensive, easily read, engaging, and approachable segments...show respect for children as intelligent learners capable of understanding concepts many adults find confusing. In fact, adults might consider reading the book not only to foster dialogue with their kids, but to learn a few things themselves.

— Quill & Quire

Highly recommended, this is a fun and engaging book.

— http://inquisitive-kids.blogspot.ca

This chatty guide to money works to make the subject appealing to middle-schoolers...A good guide for beginners and browsers.

— Kirkus Reviews

Casual yet comprehensive...Readers landing a first job or opening a bank account should find insightful tips for developing a healthy and levelheaded relationship with money.

— Publishers Weekly

The Secret Life of Money may be a kid's guide, but five will get you ten we could all learn a thing or two here.

— ForeWord Reviews

Kira Vermond successfully accomplishes a nearly impossible task – making the subject of money fun, humorous, and easy-to-read for kids...an excellent addition to the topic for children ages 10 to 14. Readers will walk away better informed about global financial issues and empowered about their role in impacting themselves and their world.

— Canadian Children's Book News

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The Secret Life of Money: A Kid’s Guide to Cash

In her first book for children, financial columnist and OWL Magazine contributer Kira Vermond successfully accomplishes a nearly impossible task — making the subject of money fun, humorous and easy-to-read for kids.

Bursting with sidebars, call-outs, diagrams and comic strips, The Secret Life of Money is a visual playground thanks to the lime-green and grey-scale illustrations done by Toronto illustrator Clayton Hanmer. The graphics lend themselves to a flip-and-browse approach to the book as much as a cover-to-cover reading. While the decidedly chatty tone and highly creative anecdotes are beguiling, this does not detract from the fact that Vermond has created an unquestionably comprehensive overview of the subject. Key concepts of inflation and compound interest are cleverly covered at the same time as larger philosophical questions. Vermond challenges readers to think about money holistically, inviting them to consider whether winning the lottery automatically means a better life, whether salaries actually reflect how much good a job does for other people and the environment, and just what exactly the difference is between consumption and consumerism.

This timely and completely up-to-date title is an excellent addition to the topic for children ages 10 to 14. Readers will walk away better informed about global financial issues and empowered about their role in impacting themselves and their world.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2012. Volume 35 No. 3.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

The Secret Life of Money: A Kid’s Guide to Cash

Author Kira Vermond discusses an array of topics, including how to save money and how to find or create part-time jobs to earn money. She explains why we’d rather earn compound interest on our bank account than pay compound interest on our credit cards. She also talks about credit cards, poverty, inflation, economic bubbles, microloans, why we should donate money and so much more.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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