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Lunch Money

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,024 Ratings  ·  443 Reviews

Greg Kenton has two obsessions -- making money and his long-standing competition with his annoying neighbor, Maura Shaw. So when Greg discovers that Maura is cutting into his booming Chunky Comics business with her own original illustrated minibooks, he's ready to declare war.

The problem is, Greg has to admit that Maura's boo
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2005)
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Gina Pecoraro
Format: audio

Twelve-year-old Greg always has money on his mind. He is always looking for ways to make money. Once he finds a way that works he looks for a way to make more money. Greg realizes that school is a great place to make money, all those kids with extra lunch money. He comes up with a great idea and sells it to the kids at school, only to find out his rival has decided to copy him.

I thought the story was good, but I did not enjoy the audio. The narrator was very monotone which made the
KidsLit Book Club
Jun 29, 2014 KidsLit Book Club rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring, stereotyped, awkward, and reinforces rape culture.

The middle school teacher tells the boy that all teachers can tell which boys the girls like because the girls are mean to those boys. I know using the phrase "rape culture" seems melodramatic, but here I am reading it in June of 2014, in the context of a U.S. culture with prolific sexual assault in the military and in colleges, and with many of these cases being dismissed - often blamed on the girl's "mixed messages." There's a need for
John Jorgensen
Feb 28, 2014 John Jorgensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plot: In this book, Greg discovers the art of making money. Once figuring out how to make some extra cash, Greg teams up with his rival, Maura, to make a comic book series. Once gaining permission from the school board, they sell their comic books at school to help benefit the education of their peers.

Characters: Greg is a young boy who is in grade school; he has red hair and freckles. Maura is Greg's neighbor, from across the street, who starts out as Greg's rival, but slowly they build up the
Dec 03, 2009 Dapantalone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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538PM_Bela Patel
It is a great story about creativity, comics, economics and entrepreneurship. I really enjoyed the clever ways he made money at home and at school. This story truly engaged the reader in the manner that made the reader curious has to how he was going to find a new way to make money, how he was going to work with his longtime rival and neighbor Maura Shaw. How Greg was going to make the principal understand that it wasn’t just about making money, there was more value to his comic book. How Maura ...more
Jun 04, 2016 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although not the BEST plot or writing, I find Andrew Clements' books so enjoyable and addictive. These books are almost a guilty pleasure for me, as there very easy to read and understand and quite cheesy, as every one of his books has a lesson that a character has learned in a blunt and comical way.
Trey A.
Dec 03, 2012 Trey A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently read Lunch Money by Andrew Clements Lunch Money is about a boy who has been collecting money since he was about 5. When he was older his dad told him he should start a bank account (because he had a bunch of money in different spots in the house) so you don't lose your money, and you will get a $100 when you stay there for a year. The boy thinks about it and decides to start one. But one day he made a comic book and someone wanted to buy it from him, and a light went in his head...... ...more
Sam Schoenick
Mar 13, 2015 Sam Schoenick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For my second book of the semester I read the book "Lunch Money" by Andrew Clements. I really enjoyed this book. I feel that I have learned some very important things like anything is possible. This is a great read and I really enjoy Andrew Clements as an Author. This has some comedy in it and some really cool statistics. My favorite part of this book is when Mr. Z and Greg are both laying on the floor with bloody noses.

This book is all about a boy named Greg who likes to earn money. He does a l
Oct 24, 2014 Hailey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Lunch Money" is about a boy named Greg. Greg is not like any other normal kid. He absolutely loves to save money. He is 12 years old and he has saved over $8,000. He will do any job just as long as he gets paid for it. His dad has told him many times to put his money in the bank. After his dad said that to him, he found all of the money he had saved and put it in the bank. He did save $500 so, if he wanted to buy something, he could. George thought of making comic books one day. He decided to m ...more
Peter Nicholson
Oct 23, 2015 Peter Nicholson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal response: I really liked the book, "Lunch Money," by Andrew Clements because of the story line, and I thought it was funny at times. I enjoyed reading the conflict of Greg and Maura they would always have to be better than one another. I really liked how the author used good imagery in every scene.

Plot: Greg Kenton has always had a love for making money. In fifth grade Greg figures out that everyone has some extra quarters at lunch. With this in mind he starts selling comic books and li
Jul 25, 2008 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ingin-punya
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Greg Kenton memiliki segudang bakat, padahal umurnya baru belasan tahun. Di bidang olahraga, dia jago bermain bisbol dan sepak bola. Di bidang kesenian, suaranya juga jernih ketika bernyanyi dan bisa bermain piano. Tak hanya itu, membuat sketsa dan menggambar adalah hal yang gampang buat dia. Di bidang akademik, dia bisa mengikuti semua pelajaran dengan baik, mulai dari membaca, menulis, IPA, dan IPS. Namun, bakat yang paling menonjol yang d
Bryce Akey
“Lunch Money” is about a boy named Greg. Greg is different than other kids. Greg loves to save his money. He will do almost any job, as long as he gets paid. At the age of twelve, Greg had already saved up over $8,000! His dad suggests that he puts his money in the bank, so that it can earn interest. Greg finds all of his money that he has hidden around the house, and takes it to the bank. He keeps about $500, just in case he wants to buy something.

One day, Greg gets a great idea. He decides th
Nov 18, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lunch Money / Andrew Clements / 2005
Genre: fiction
Format: juvenile fiction
Plot Summary: Twelve-year-old Greg, who has always been good at moneymaking projects, is surprised to find himself teaming up with his lifelong rival, Maura, to create a series of comic books to sell at school.

Considerations: no red flags

Review Citation: School Library Journal, vol 51, issue 8, p122
"The characters are rich with interesting quirks and motivations, including Mr. Z, a blood-phobic math teacher. Along with pro
Jun 08, 2016 Aimee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Loved reading with my almost 8 year old and we had great discussions throughout.
Allison Brenner
This was a really quick and easy read but a really good book
Oct 23, 2015 NebraskaIcebergs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Lunch Money is a winner of ten awards. How does it relate to writing? The culmination of all Greg and Maura’s money-making schemes is a comic book, which they write, illustrate, design, and print.

What do I like about Lunch Money? The main character reminds me of Alex from Family Ties, with his love of money but also his growing awareness that there’s more to life than wealth. From the moment he was a preschooler and saw his mom insert a coin into a candy machine, Greg loved money. He did chores
Aug 16, 2015 Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reading
The highly relatable book “Lunch Money” by Andrew Clements (the bestselling author of Frindle) gives a perspective of a boy trying to reach his goal to become rich from selling different kinds of merchandise. First, Greg Kenton was a boy growing into loving money and had a dream to become rich. Therefore, Greg started to sell his own comics that he made by hand. Unfortunately, the school doesn’t tolerate Greg selling his comics in school. Subsequently, Greg rebelled and the school had to allow G ...more
Vishnu Brahmandam

This is a very nostalgic moment for me because I'm going through all the old Pennsylvania Reader's Choice Awards Nominee List (2007) and I know I read most of them.

This book:
Wow. I feel like I just got punched.
Story time:
In middle school, my teachers had this thing where they would give us paper money (I think they called it pez or something) whenever we did something good. Like answering questions in class, submitting homework in time, doing well on quizzes, be
Megan Koval
I definitely enjoyed this book! I think that kids would find a lot of enjoyment in this book because both Greg and Maura are strong and independent young people who have a lot of ambition. I think that Clements did a good job of making believable characters that children will have an easy time relating to. One thing that I personally would have changed would be that I would have rathered the book be in first person instead of thrid person. I think that it is easier to connect with characters in ...more
Quarters. So many of them. Two for a cookie. Ten for a lunch. One for a piece of candy. Extra jingling around in the pocket of kids in the cafeteria. Quarters.

Greg Kenton makes the wonderful discovery of the hundreds of quarters floating around in Ashworth Intermidiate School. Being a money "Junkie", school sudenly seems like a good place to make a few extra bucks to add to his bank account. First he sells candy and gum. But if the teachers caught kids with them in class, which is against the ru
Dec 08, 2014 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ethan Michael
December 7, 2014

For my good reads project I did the book lunch money by Andrew Clemens. The
book is about a fourth grade bot named Gary. Gary loves money, and he will do
anything to make money. Many people get in the way but as long as he can
make money, nothing will stop himGary has lots people who support his gift for
making money like his parents.

When his parents need money they will ask Greg as long as they will pay it back
making him the family banker. He also has lots of enim
Parker Hoffman
I thought Lunch Money was a good book. It started off with a boy named Greg, who was always thinking of ways to make money. He loves money. He would make things and sell them, do chores, or do small jobs for people. But there was a girl from his class, who also lived down the street, who he dislikes. They were always fighting and were always competing against eachother. Whatever Greg would do, she would copy him. Greg had this idea to make small comic books and sell them to his class, but not to ...more
Nov 19, 2014 Bev rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot:
Greg Kenton is not like other 12 year old boys. He always has money on his mind, and he's not afraid to work to make it. Whether it's doing his older brothers' chores for them or shovelling snow, if there's money in it, Greg is happy to do it! When he discovers that almost every kid at school has an extra quarter to spend every day, he comes up with the idea to make and sell comic books... but then his annoying neighbour and rival Maura Shaw starts making her own mini books to sell! Can
Nov 17, 2014 Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lunch Money is an enjoyable and fun book to read written by Andrew Clements. It is about a boy named Greg who has been great at collecting money. He has been good at it for all his life. He collects it from doing chores around the house or by even selling gum and chocolate at school. He's not greedy about it either. If his parents or siblings need any money Greg lends it to them. As long as he gets it back Greg's fine with lining some of his profit. Greg doesn't just give away his money though. ...more
Aug 30, 2014 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Adam Ochoa
Lunch Money by Andrew Clements is a great book. It is about a kid named Greg who loves money. He sees kids selling toys at school. He buys toys of the internet and sells them for twenty five cents each. Later on the principal calls Greg to the office and forbids him for selling TOYS at school. His plan is to make comic books and sell them for twenty five cents each. His principal finds out and what happens next is a mystery!

I liked this book because of the story line. I also liked reading about
Michele Velthuizen
If you've read "Frindle" you'll be familiar with this author whose books are often about school life. I listened to the audiobook of "Lunch Money" which was very well narrated by voice actor John H. Mayer. The story is about Greg - a money wiz - who decides to use school to make his fortune. As a result he gets into all kinds of trouble and, what's worse, he faces serious competition. It's a quick read, quite funny, and thoroughly enjoyable. And at the end of the audiobook you get to listen to a ...more
Read by John H. Mayer. Greg loves to make money. He's figured out ways to make money off of his family, the neighbors and now his classmates now that he's selling his own creation, Chunky Comics. The thorn in his profit margin is Maura, eternal copycat, and now selling her own comic creation. There is a tense standoff between the two and it takes the principal and math teacher Mr. Z to intervene. Greg finds it hard to admit that Maura's drawing work is really good and that she has an innate sens ...more
Judy Atlagh
Sep 26, 2015 Judy Atlagh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really fun and interesting. It talked a lot about money. (Reminds me of the book - also very good - Lemonade Wars). The main character comes across as money-obsessed, making new schemes all the time to make more money. In trying to capture his classmates' spare change and follow the principle's restrictions, he decides to publish 'Chuncky comics'... Only problem is his biggest competitor. She always wants in on the action, and her comics are good too.
Can they work out their differ
Sheriden Haase
The book "Lunch Money" is a decent book. I thought it was funny when Maura punched Greg in the face and gave him a bloody nose. The teacher, Mr. Z, was about to pass out because he witnessed Greg's nose gushing blood.

The book is mainly about Greg trying everything possible to make money. Greg works very hard. He would rake, shovel, and sell things to make every dollar he could. Mrs. Davenport finds that Greg is selling his homemade comic books to the kids at school. Maura is Greg's enemy. She t
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I was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1949 and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade. Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois. My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters. I didn’t think about being a writer at all back then, but I did love to read. I'm certain there's a link between reading good books an ...more
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