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Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929; A Wall Street Journal Book for Children

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  86 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Over six terrifying, desperate days in October 1929, the fabulous fortune that Americans had built in stocks plunged with a fervor never seen before. At first, the drop seemed like a mistake, a mere glitch in the system. But as the decline gathered steam, so did the destruction. Over twenty-five billion dollars in individual wealth was lost, vanished gone. People watched t ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Max Stone
Nov 04, 2007 Max Stone rated it really liked it
This is a joint review from my 8-year-old and me. He rates it a 4.5 stars and I would probably have done 4.25 stars (in general 5 stars doesn't seem like enough, at least for me, since I will in practice generally not rate books that I didn't finish, and won't finish books that I would have ranked 1 or 2 stars, and so in practice it is a 3-star system for books I finish).

I read this book to my son and it covered 6 days in the stockmarket in October 1929 in particular but it also gave a lot of ba
Beverly Cagle
Nov 29, 2012 Beverly Cagle rated it really liked it
My interest in this era led me to the contents of this book. Six Days in October is a wonderful addition to children’s literature that covers an event that is difficult to understand for many adults but showcase it for children in a way that is easy to comprehend. The author does a wonderful job including a variety of resources and information on the topic which in hand made the book that much more interesting. I love the incorporation of the work of newspaper cartoonist and the struggle that ma ...more
Oct 24, 2012 Jacob rated it it was amazing
Six days In October the stock market crash of 1929 a wall street journal book by Karen Blumenthal
146 pages
This book is about the stock market crash of 1929. This book goes farther into detail than just what happened. This book talks about actual companies that were using the stock market. It talks about the people who lost their jobs and everything they owned because they invested all their money into the stock market and then they lost it all. It also talks about what was going on in
Vinnie Marseco
Mar 18, 2012 Vinnie Marseco rated it really liked it
I would have to consider this book very pertinent to today due to the fact that we are in a pretty bad recession today, maybe just not as bad. It covers the first six days (as the title says) and it does a wonderful job of giving you an inside look as to what actually took place and how people were affected then, and I think some people today could really learn something from reading this book.

As a reader, the book contained a lot of useful information, but it was pretty boring having to read th
Sep 10, 2014 Aly rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Historical book readers

If you like detailed historical refrences about people in events, this is the book for you, but I thought it would have more of the outside reaction of what was happening in the stock market from average people. Although it was not one of my favorite books, I did gain a lot of understanding and knowledge about what happened in those days of October.
Feb 21, 2015 Dulci rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, history
A good look at the unwise practices that led to the crash of 1929, and the part it played in ushering in the ensuing economic decline.

A picture book, yes, but not on a level for children. I found this to be a very interesting read.
Briggs Tople
May 08, 2013 Briggs Tople rated it really liked it
This book might fool you it will... but this book is amazing! It's an amazing addition to a kids literature. Kids are learning about one of America's worst moments in the stock market and in our economy in total. This book kept me reading; I will say for some people big words will appear a lot in this book referring to the widely used amounts of ticker tapes being printed and the cartoons that was shown back at this time. I now have the feeling that kids are becoming smarter about our nation fro ...more
Curt Bobbitt
This narrative personalizes the events and causes of one of the parts of the great depression of the early 1930s.
Scarlett Sims
Oct 22, 2009 Scarlett Sims rated it it was amazing
This book is meant for kids/teens, but I thought it was a really great introduction to the stock market crash. It has information on so many things that I never understood: bulls/bears, insider trading, stock splits. It seemed to me to be an unbiased account of the things that caused the stock market crash. It was written on a very basic level so I could actually understand what was going on. There is a great bibliography and the book is indexed. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants t ...more
P Amoroso
Mar 06, 2008 P Amoroso rated it really liked it
This was indeed an informative and interesting book. I read it in parallel with 2 children, 12 and 10. They liked it less than I did. It did lead to selection of another of the author's books, Grande Expectations: A Year in the Life of Starbucks' Stock. This one had appeal since I had owned the stock for a while and the kids could relate to Starbucks (love those hot chocolates and steamed soy milks). It was a tough read for them as well but a great introduction to the stock market and the fickle ...more
Jan 23, 2013 BiblioBrandie rated it liked it
Provided a lot of information about the stock market crash of 1929, including the days leading up to it and a little of the aftermath. Some of it was pretty dense, not sure that younger children would grasp some of the concepts. It didn't go much into what a stock actually is. The accompanying photos were great.
John Barbour
Mar 17, 2015 John Barbour rated it it was amazing
This is a great way to learn about the 6 days surrounding the stock market crash of 1929 and its aftermath.
Dayna Smith
Feb 09, 2014 Dayna Smith rated it really liked it
A nonfiction treat for those who want to understand more about the Crash of 1929 and about the stock market in general. Young readers will be fascinated with this well written book, its beautiful pictures, and its understandable explanations of words and concepts with which they may be unfamiliar.
Ivano Parravano
Dec 11, 2012 Ivano Parravano rated it really liked it
This non-fiction book can be used in higher aged classrooms. The story details about how the stock market and the economy crashed in 1929. It won a Robert F. Siebert Honor Award for informational books. The book is informational and easy to read. It has actual pictures and informative captions.
Oct 01, 2012 ✿Sandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-shelf
This was a very informative book about this time in our history. To me, it had just the right amount of information on the subject to keep me interested but not so much that it was overkill. I loved all of the pictues, which made the book even more fascinating to me.
Nov 22, 2011 Joe rated it really liked it
Very informative piece of American history. I was particularly intrigued by the final section about how the stock market crash connected with the Great Depression. I'd highly recommend it for a high school economics or business class.
This book really broke down all of the key events and people that caused/contributed to/tried to prevent/were involved with (etc.) the stock market crash of 1929. Finally, it all makes sense to me! Thank you, Karen Blumenthal!!
Kate Carlson
Aug 14, 2012 Kate Carlson rated it really liked it
Very interesting nonfiction read...I really like this author as this is the second book of hers I have read.
Sep 29, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2013, 60629
"Greed-- it's the most insidious disease of all."
Sep 27, 2013 Alana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
very intresting and informative
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Jul 08, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it
Interesting YA quick read.
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