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Money Hungry (Raspberry Hill #1)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  3,617 Ratings  ·  431 Reviews
All thirteen-year-old Raspberry can think of is making money so that she and her mother never have to worry about living on the streets again.
Paperback, 188 pages
Published March 3rd 2003 by Jump At The Sun
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Jamie Wang I haven't read it, but a few of my students have and I have heard them laugh out loud several times while reading.

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Eva Leger
May 21, 2009 Eva Leger rated it liked it
Recommends it for: younger kids & pre-teens
Recommended to Eva by: read the sequel after finding it somewhere
Shelves: b-urban-fiction
I started Money Hungry this morning because I read Begging For Change a few weeks/months ago. I wasn't aware at the time that BFC was the sequel to MH. This is an extremely fast book to read. It took me about an hour. I would hand this to a kid that is reluctant to read in a second.
I think Flake does a great job of portraying Raspberry and her mother, along with the girls friends. I remember similiar feelings from my young teen years even though I didn't have the same problems as Raspberry has
Radha Sukhu
Nov 14, 2011 Radha Sukhu rated it really liked it
“Money Hungry” by Sharon G. Flake is a novel about a girl named Raspberry who lives in the projects with her mother. Raspberry is addicted to making money because she does not want to live on the streets again, and sells items at school or cleans houses for some extra cash. She also finds out that her mother is dating her best friend’s father, who happens to be a doctor. Things take a turn for the worse when there is a break it at their apartment, forcing them to have to live on the streets, and ...more
Rebecca McNutt
May 15, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
Raspberry's story is told in vivid writing, filled with all the turmoil of growing up with a low income. Raspberry and her mom are wonderfully-written characters and easy to follow along with as Raspberry thinks up new plans to get money and help her family out.
Apr 12, 2013 Kianti rated it it was amazing
Lexile Range: 650L

Book Review: Once again, Sharon Flake has written another phenominal novel. "Money Hungry" teaches a lesson to everyone, "money cannot buy happiness, but family and friends can." This book connects to teenagers and even adults. I recommend this book to teenagers 13+.

Plot Summary: Thirteen year old, Rasberry and her mother live together in a house in the "projects." At school, Rasberry always gets bullied for being poor, but her three bestfriends, Zora, Ja'nae, and Mai always s
Lorena Gomez
Apr 13, 2009 Lorena Gomez rated it really liked it
A Thirteen Year old girl, named Raspberry, is always starving – but not for food - for money. Everyday, all she loves to do is talk about money and will do anything, even the most dangerous things to get it, for money. Raspberry gets to go to school and meet new friends but all her yapping about money is just giving her friends a headache. In the book Money Hungry you’ll see how deep a 13 year old can go for money and all of the troubles it’ll end up causing her, but we don’t know who is right - ...more
Ambar Flores
Mar 04, 2016 Ambar Flores rated it really liked it
Shelves: 71
It was a very good and interesting. Their is a girl whoś name is Rasberry and she is obsessed with money so she works for it. A kid in her school got sick and everybody thought that it was cause of her candy they. The principal send home a letter saying Your daughter cant sell anymore of her treats at school 5 kids have complained. So raspberry started cleaning houses her friend Zora owes her $200 that she stole from her dad. Then Raspberry mom told Rasberry if she stole money, Rasberry started ...more
Apr 25, 2009 Thomas rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who haven't experienced poverty
"Money Hungry" is about a thirteen year old named Raspberry Hill. She lives in the projects with her mom and they are in a financial struggle - they used to live on the street. Rasperry is always going on and on about how much she wants money, but it's understandable because of how she fears going back on the street without shelter, food, and all those other neccesities.

I thought this was a decent book. I didn't really particularly love it, but the message that it sends is really important. The
Naiya Stewart
May 26, 2009 Naiya Stewart rated it it was ok
The author of this book Sharon Flake is really good at showing more then one point of view from her characters. You can see the comparison from the older generation to the new generation.
I really connected to the main character Raspberry because she is always hustling in the streets and saving money. I know quite a few people that's like that!
Personally, I would recommend this book to my bestfriend Jabari because he always likes to think of ways not to spend his money. Also, he askes his self "
Alice J
Nov 03, 2011 Alice J rated it liked it
Money Hungry is a book about a young girl named Raspberry who is obsessed with making money. Her fear of being forced to live on the streets drive her to do whatever it takes to make a few dollars, from selling candy and washing cars to cleaning houses. She struggles to balance her money making habits with her school and social life. This book was eye opening. It really helped me see what it might be like to live in a rough neighborhood with a constant fear of living on the streets. However, I d ...more
Robert A
Mar 10, 2015 Robert A rated it really liked it
The theme of the story “Money Hungry” by “Sharon G. Flake” is about a girl who likes to steal money just for fun, she would steal from the store also from her mom and siblings. Also I got confused because I thought the book was about a guy who steals money from people, but no its about a girl who steals people’s money. So I was wrong its girl not a boy after that, I was reading through a book and I realized that the girl was barely thirteen years old I thought she was like twenty, but no I was w ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Lorenjsla rated it it was amazing
In this book “Money Hungry”. Raspberry an 13 year old girl that is from the Projects, has nothing but big dream ands goals. Raspberry got her name because of the red hair that she inherited from her father. She loved to keep her time occupied to keep her from going under so much stress when she gets home. Although, she is not that fortunate she does try to save up her money so that one day she can leave the hood with her mom, and live the life that she always dreamed of. It’s not as easy as you ...more
Dawn Parkman
Jul 10, 2016 Dawn Parkman rated it it was amazing
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Mariah Mathews
Dec 09, 2014 Mariah Mathews rated it it was amazing
Money Hungry is about Raspberry Hill, a 13 year old girl. Growing up she lived in the projects. She doesn't talk to her dad and her mom works constantly to support her daughter the best way she can. Although Raspberry is very young she has experienced homelessness and going without meals. Raspberry's biggest fear was being homeless again so she made it her personal goal never to be in that situation again. She sells items, cleans buildings, and many other things. Her friends don't really underst ...more
Jillian Dreixler
Dec 01, 2014 Jillian Dreixler rated it liked it
This children’s novel is about a thirteen-year old girl, Raspberry Hill who is always trying to make money and save money. She is always explained as thirsting for money and called a greedy person. Raspberry will do anything, even illegal acts, to get the money such as: car washes, clean houses, and sell rotten candy to classmates. Raspberry is determined to help her and her mother to not be homeless again. Throughout her mother’s relationship with a wealthy Doctor, her mother had an opportunity ...more
Nov 05, 2014 Jessicaf rated it it was amazing
This book was a very catching book I was really surprised how a girl stole 200 dollars from her grandpa. Her friend had enough to pay her grandpa back. I really liked this book because it showed money dosen’t buy everything. I really thought this book was kinda funny how boys peed on the carpet. I thought this book was a really good book I really consider this book.
Shane Sutton
i read this book and so far i learned that the key to happiness isnt trough money but through friendship and wisdom
..!!Chantel's WoRlD!!
Nov 07, 2007 ..!!Chantel's WoRlD!! rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
this is the greatest book writen by Sharon G. Flake it talks about this gurl raspberry whom is almost up 4 anything to get her hands on money to rent this new apartment.
Apr 08, 2014 Kennedy rated it liked it
A very quick read with a good storyline. The main character Raspberry is easily to relate with in some situations
Lydia Loy
Feb 29, 2016 Lydia Loy rated it it was amazing
cant wait to read the second book
Joy Walker
Jan 12, 2010 Joy Walker rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
I think this book is great for middle schoolers. I like Sharon Flake, but sometimes her use of teenage slang dialect is too much for this old lady.
Norma Martinez
Sep 22, 2013 Norma Martinez rated it really liked it
Have you ever been out on their street because of money problems? Well is this book called Money Hungry by Sharon G.Flake. Raspberry does anything to get her hands on money. She sells rotton candy at school. Cleans cars / Houses. So she does whatever she can to have enough money in her pocket to afford food and maybe help her mom who is struggling trying to get another job to find a place to stay insead of sleeping in a car or at a friends house who seems their getting tired of them and end out ...more
Ian Wood
Jul 20, 2014 Ian Wood rated it did not like it
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a nove
Dec 22, 2008 Cui rated it it was amazing
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Money Hungry

By Sharon G Flake
188 pp. New York NY
Hyperion Books. $5.99
ISBN 0-7868-1503-5

A Thirteen Year old girl, named Raspberry, (sweet name isn’t it?), is always starving – but not for food - for money. Everyday, all she loves to do is yap about money and will do anything, even the most dangerous things to get it, for money. Coming from a poor background family, now with a place to settle, but still not in good conditions, Raspberry manages to go to school and meet new friends but all her yapp
Riley Ververs
Oct 19, 2016 Riley Ververs rated it really liked it
Money Hungry
In the novel Money Hungry by, Sharon G. Flake, the main character, Raspberry Hill loves making cash, lots of it and will do just about anything to get it. Raspberry got her name because of her red hair, red eyebrows and all of the freckles on her face. She is 13 years old and she lives in the projects with her momma. She fears living on the streets again and wants to move away from of the projects and into a nice neighborhood. Making money gives her hope that her and her momma will b
Very good book and great theme
Morgan Apperson
good book bro
Nov 02, 2012 Dominique rated it really liked it
Dominique Gibson
Money Hungry
This book is about a thirteen year old girl named Raspberry Hill and her mother. Raspberry is known to be obsessed with money and will do anything to get it. Raspberry and her mother use to be homeless, and when they finally got a place in the projects, she promised herself she would never go back to being homeless again. She started to make money the best she can, saving and never spending it.

In this book Raspberry goes through a lot of life challenges w
Caroline Brewster
Aug 26, 2008 Caroline Brewster rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was deeply touching. The varying lives these charachters lead leaves the reader aching for each one of them. I felt Mai's torment over accepting her identity within her own family, Zora's way of cowering behind narcissism in order to feel some form of self-worth,Ja'nae's longing for her mother while feeling trapped within the only safe place she's ever really known and Rasberry's constant hope and drive to have a better life to be fascinating, true to real life and sober ...more
Makayla Anderson
Mar 03, 2015 Makayla Anderson rated it really liked it
Imagine you were at lunch one day and suddenly ran to the bathroom because you felt you were about to throw up. Well that's how half of the kids at Rasberry's school felt after she sold them expired candy. In this exciting fiction book Raspberry Hill seems to face lots of problems due to her father, her mother, her friends, and even her crush. I enjoyed this book because Raspberry did a lot of things such as wash cars,skip lunch,clean houses, even steal from her friends just so her and her mothe ...more
Daija Jefferson
Dec 03, 2014 Daija Jefferson rated it liked it
Have you ever wanted money so bad that youll do anything for it ???
If so this is the book for you!!

The genre of this book is fiction.I kinda liked this book because it exsplains how Rasberry Hill ( main character) is upsets with money that she will do anything for it. *** Spoiler Alert*** Rasberry gets what shes been wanting money.

In this book money hungrey this books really takes place at home.
Rasberry wants money so that she can get this outfit and these shoes that she really wants but she
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Sharon G. Flake is the author of five books, The Skin I'm In (1998), Money Hungry (2002), Begging for Change (2003), Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories About Boys and the Girls in Their Lives (2004), Bang! (Sept. 2005), and her latest novel The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street (2007).

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