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Striker Jones: Elementary Economics for Elementary Detectives

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The most original kid detective since Encyclopedia Brown!

Striker Jones is a resourceful boy who can't help but be drawn into mysteries. Along with his friends Bill, Sheila, and Amy, Striker must use his wits to solve the many intriguing puzzles - and even crimes - that come his way. Unlike most boys, however, he draws upon his knowledge of basic economics to solve each mys
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Paperback, Second Edition, 120 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 10th 2011)
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Maggie Larche
Dec 04, 2015 Maggie Larche rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
READERS' FAVORITE REVIEW: Striker Jones by Maggie M. Larche does a delightful job of teaching children the concepts of economics in a fun and easy way. Striker Jones and his friends - Sheila, Bill and Amy - will keep readers entertained with their detective acts where they use the concepts of economics to solve puzzles and mysteries. Readers get to learn about supply, demand, incentives, risks and other concepts of economics. The mini-mystery plot and the conversational dialogue connect well wit ...more
Helen Yeomans
Nov 21, 2015 Helen Yeomans rated it really liked it
Striker Jones Boy Detective

When he’s not doing his homework, Striker Jones solves mysteries. There are other boy detectives, of course, but what makes this series unusual is the economics element. Striker has an understanding of basic economics and that helps him to recognize motives, which in turn leads to identifying the culprits in each escapade.

This first book runs through the school year, from August summer holidays to Christmas, Easter and the summer again, as Striker and his friends Bill,
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Alisha Painter
Mar 11, 2014 Alisha Painter rated it really liked it
Striker Jones is a detective. He shares a short story followed by a solution. This is a great addition to a an economics lesson, in fact, I'm using it for my third graders lesson. Each short story is different and features a different scenario you try to solve. In one, the solution is about bartering (trading), in another, it's about supply in demand. The author uses short scenarios that students could relate to; for example, the story about trading is about a baseball card. Vocabulary is approp ...more
Michael Schleicher
Sep 24, 2011 Michael Schleicher is currently reading it
After reading the eBook preview of Striker Jones: Elementary Economics for Elementary Detectives by Maggie Larche, I am quite interested in reading the rest of the book. As an elementary school teacher, I believe exposure to academic content through literature is an essential component to any child's education. However, whenever I evaluate books for my classroom library, I like to justify whether or not they meet the same standards I hold my students accountable for when they write. When evalua ...more
Laurie Cockerell
Jun 12, 2014 Laurie Cockerell rated it it was amazing
Fun, fun stories that introduce kids to economic principles. I read this book and the follow up book (Striker Jones and the Midnight Archer) with my third graders. The author knows kids and how to present these concepts in a fashion that is interesting AND understandable. They talked about the stories with their dad that night, and were able to apply the principles they learned to real-life situations. My boys wanted to read this book twice!
Laurie Cockerell
Fun, fun stories that introduce kids to economic principles. I read this book and the follow up book (Striker Jones and the Midnight Archer) with my third graders. The author knows kids and how to present these concepts in a fashion that is interesting AND understandable. They talked about the stories with their dad that night, and were able to apply the principles they learned to real-life situations. My boys wanted to read this book twice!
Caitlin
Jan 05, 2012 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
Young fans of Encyclopedia Brown or Cam Jansen will enjoy Striker Jones. Each short chapter is its own mystery, followed by a solution--perfect for inquisitive readers with short attention spans. What sets Striker apart is that the solution to each mystery involves an economic principle, so kids get to practice their critical thinking skills and pick up some economic knowledge along the way.
Courtney
May 19, 2013 Courtney rated it really liked it
fun riddles, good book but not amazing
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Maggie M. Larche loves to sing, read, and swing right alongside her kids. All of her stories feature courageous, smart, funny kids, because that's who her readers are!

She is the author of the award-winning Striker Jones series, a groundbreaking approach to teach economics to children through mystery stories.

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