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Money Hungry (Raspberry Hill #1)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  3,211 ratings  ·  398 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.
188 pages
Published by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Eva Leger
Jul 01, 2009 Eva Leger rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebecca McNutt
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.
Radha Sukhu
“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
Lorena Gomez
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
Naiya Stewart
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 "
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
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
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.
Apr 25, 2009 Thomas rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Alice J
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
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
This book is about a young girl who has to struggle financially and worry about if her and her mother are going to make it day by day.Who knows what she will do for money?Where she will end up?How will she make it? Does her father come back? Where is her father?Raspberry is desperate for money after all that is why the book is titled Money Hungry .She lives with her mom in the Projects where her dad left her.Her mom tries to make it day by day.Her and her mother both been homeless before.They tr ...more
Mariah Mathews
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
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
Frida S
This is an excellent book, that takes place in the present day. It’s point of view is told from the main character’s { Rasberry } point of view. The other characters in the book are Rasberry’s mom { whom she calls momma } and Rasberry’s three best friends, Ja’nae, Mai, and Zora. This book is about Rasberry and her money obsessions, and why she is obsessed with finding it, and earning it. Rasberry explains that when she was about nine her dad started coming home drunk and how, because of that her ...more
Ian Wood
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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
Makayla Anderson
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
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
Haley Nelson
The book Money Hungry is a compelling story about a girl named Raspberry who has dealt with poverty and homelessness all her life. She wants so badly to live a different life so she develops this obsession for money. From the money she saves, she never shares it with her family who needs it most. This story has the themes of friendship through Raspberry and her group of friends and how they stick together through all of the problems they each face, and also determination to change because Raspbe ...more
Aliza Purificacion
This book Money Hungry took me about a week to finish. This book is amazing. It can actually teach you a lesson. To just be thankful you are not living in the streets. To save your money. To not be greedy with it. To always be thankful you have nice stuff.

Raspberry is just a teenage girl who loves money. She loves money but the thing is she does not spend it. She saves it so when her mom and herself ends up living in the street again Raspberry can just use the money that she has been keeping.
Tosca Scholfield-johnson
This book is about a teenage girl, named Raspberry, living with her single mother. Raspberry is constantly worried about making and saving money, because at one point her and her mother were homeless. She sells pencils and candy at school, cleans houses, and helps out at a car wash. Throughout the book, Raspberry faces personal dilemmas and fears that help her grow as a person. The major themes of this book is poverty and fear. One way that would that this book could be used in a classroom is ha ...more
..!!Chantel's WoRlD!!
Nov 07, 2007 ..!!Chantel's WoRlD!! rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Joe Quigg
This is the story of a girl named Raspberry. She and her mother used to be homeless, but they now live in the projects. Raspberry has a love for money, and does anything to earn it after being homeless. She saves the money she makes from washing cars, selling rotten candy, and cleaning houses. The theme of the book is poverty and homelessness. This book could be used in the classroom to spark a meaningful discussion. There are several discussion questions that this book brings. You could have th ...more
Joy Walker
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.
Nov 10, 2014 Britney rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13-14 year olds
Recommended to Britney by: my cousin :) she gave me the book
i ucking love this book. its about this girl who is living a hard life ... she lives with her mother in a bad neighborhood with typical roady neighbors and there's a conflict there and also with the fact that Rasberry is always looking for ways to make money... hence the title. she also has problems with her junkie father who causes trouble.. there are a few conflicts in the book regarding crushes, her family and her best friend but in the end it works out . i really think this book is a true in ...more
Sylena Newman
This book was about a young girl named Raspberry Hill and how hungry she was for money$$$$.Raspberry hill and her mother used to live on the streets because they were poor but soon got a small house in the projects. Raspberry spent most of her time selling things at school and washing cars at her neighbors car wash just to make some money. Raspberry had so much bills and coins stashed in her drawers,pants pockets,little tin cans and under her bed that she could buy herself a nice big Lexus and a ...more
A very quick read with a good storyline. The main character Raspberry is easily to relate with in some situations
Shane Sutton
i read this book and so far i learned that the key to happiness isnt trough money but through friendship and wisdom
Sara Peoples
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Tristen Ellis
Money Hungry by Shannon G flake is about a girl named Rasberry Hill who grew up in the projects and her mother constantly works and her father is a bum. Rasberry believes in saving money she obsesses over money it even puts her to sleep at night. Rasberrys friends don't understand why she is so obsessed with money. Rasberry gets her self into money trouble Shen her friend owes her 250 dollars and her house gets broken into , also her mom may. Be having an affair. Overall I enjoyed this book amd ...more
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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).

Her work is used in public and private schools around the nation, from elementary to high school, and
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