Oct 122012

Product Details:

  • Title: Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune
  • Author: Craig R. Everett
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fiscal Press (October 18, 2012)
  • Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
  • ISBN-10: 1936214954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936214952
  • FTC FYI: I was given a review e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Review by: Sheila



Book Description and Review:  

“Money is the most dangerous magic.”


New Fantasy Novel Teaches Kids about Money

It is widely recognized that the lack of basic financial skills among adults and teens is a serious
problem in America and around the world.

A new middle-grade novel by Craig Everett hopes to improve the financial
literacy situation for children ages 9 to 15.

Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune is an urban fantasy, where a secret magical world of money and
intrigue co-exists with the same everyday world we all know.
  Toby grows up in Wallingford, Connecticut,
not knowing about this secret society until one day when he discovers secret
messages encrypted into the stock ticker “crawl” that moves along the bottom of
the screen on the financial news channel.

Toby’s shock only grows worse when he realizes that the secret messages are directed to him!

His unique abilities with math and money have been noticed by the wrong people, and Toby is quickly
sucked into a high-stakes life and death financial conspiracy, that he is only able
to resolve by using his amazing skills with money.

At 260 pages, the book is fast-paced and entertaining.  It
incorporates such financial literacy topics as: saving, banking,
entrepreneurship, time value of money, return on investment, and simple
financial statements.

“My whole purpose in writing this book is to introduce finance principles to people in an
entertaining way using characters with which they can identify,” says author
Craig R. Everett, a finance professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu,
  “Financial literacy is a huge issue now, particularly due to the financial crisis,” Dr. Everett
  “There is no silver bullet that instantly endows people with financial literacy, so the best approach is to expose kids to these concepts in as many ways and at as many times as
possible…eventually, it will stick.”

This book is a great teaching tool for tweens and teens. What a fantastic way for teens to learn about being responsible with money. There is also an entertaining action story to go along with these thoughtful lessons. You couldn’t ask for a better combination than this!

Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune will be available in bookstores
and online on October 15, 2012 here.

Author Bio for Craig Everett:
Craig R. Everett was born and raised in Maine,
spending his childhood summers digging along the shores of Bar Harbor for
buried pirate treasure.  Fortunately, he
was able to remain blissfully unaware that pirates seldom, if ever, ventured
that far north.  He received his B.A. in
Economics from Tufts University, an MBA from George Mason University, and a
Ph.D. in Finance from Purdue University.
Dr. Everett is currently a finance professor at
Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he teaches corporate and
entrepreneurial finance. Dr. Everett also volunteers in public schools teaching
financial literacy principles. 
You can learn more about Craig here:

Blog Tour Schedule for Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune by Craig Everett, 2012

04-Oct-2012  Free Money Finance 

11-Oct-2012 Queen of Random  

12-Oct-2012 Why Not? Because I Said So

12-Oct-2012 LDS Women’s Book Review

13-Oct-2012 A Storybook World

15-Oct-2012 A Thousand Wrongs

16-Oct-2012 Say This Write

16-Oct-2012 Money and Me for Canadians

16-Oct-2012 Word Spelunking

17-Oct-2012 Couponing with Boys

18-Oct-2012 Book Launch of Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune at the Access to Capital Conference at the LA Westin Bonaventure Hotel.

18-Oct-2012 The Book Bug

18-Oct-2012  I Am a Reader not a Writer

19-Oct-2012 Of Writerly Things

19-Oct-2012  Troop Petrie

22-Oct-2012 Renae’s Writespot

22-Oct-2012  The Write Path

23-Oct-2012  Monique’s Musings

23-Oct-2012  My Mommy’s World

24-Oct-2012  The Things I Love

24-Oct-2012  Adventures of the Mommy Homemaker

25-Oct-2012  Live to Read

26-Oct-2012 Ordinary Happily Ever After

29-Oct-2012  Fire and Ice

01-Nov-2012  Jeffrey Olsen

01-Nov-2012  Bookworm Lisa

05-Nov-2012 Debbie’s Inkspectations

07-Nov-2012  With a Side of Thriftiness

10-Nov-2012 A Storybook World


12-Nov-2012 Christy Dorrity’s Dearest Dreams

15-Nov-2012  The Non-Reluctant Reader

19-Nov-2012  Taffy’s Writings 

Nov 2012- http://www.queenoftheclan.com/

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