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For use in schools and libraries only. In this funny and timely novel, Andrew Clements again holds up a mirror to real life, and invites young readers to think about money, school, friendship, and what it means to be a success.
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Turtleback Books (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...more
John Jorgensen
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...more
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Sandiwara Sunda - Sandekala


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...more

by Andrew Clements
illustrated by Brian Selznick
Simon & Schuster
ISBN-10: 0689866852
ISBN-13: 9780689866852
Ages 8-12
224 pages

LUNCH MONEY is a character-driven middle grade novel that centers on two richly drawn characters. From the first page the reader gets a sense of Greg Kenton's entire motivation in life: money. He is driven to earn it, save it, and spend it. His nemesis, Maura Shaw, also has a head for business and has been competing with Greg since they were toddlers.

At the en...more
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
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...more
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...more
KidsLit Book Club
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...more
Trey A.
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
Jason Li
The book is awsome because the main character, Greg likes to safe money like me. test
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Lee H
I have recently finished the book Lunch Money by Andrew Clements and thought it was okay. I liked how he made it relatable to many people because it takes place at school, but i don't believe kids selling comic books would ever go through this much trouble, so i find it unrealistic.

Greg the main character wants to be successful at life and have a lot of money, he does everything he can to make money. Maura his neighbor has the same idea and this leads to the main conflict of the book.

The big pi...more
“This book will make you want to read like there is no tomorrow”. Lunch Money by Andrew Clements is about a young boy who is trying to sell many different items such as comics in his school to make money. Greg Kenton, the main character is a very smart and hard working young boy.
In this book there are two main characters (Greg Kenton and Mara Shah). Greg Kenton is more of a person that is born to make money and be in the real world meaning being in the business society. Mara shah (the other ma...more
Sara Lynn
1. Genre: Junior Book/Contemporary Realism

2. Summary: Greg and his neighbor, Maura, were once enemies, doing their best to out-do the other. As this story progresses, the two learn that working together as business partners to produce and sell their comic books is a much smarter and better use of their time and energy. Now they must use this energy to outsmart their witty principal who has banned the selling of their precious books!

3. Critique:
a. One of the greatest strengths of this novel is th...more
Lunch Money by Andrew Clements
Pages 222

Greg had always loved money and he works hard to get it, but his neighbor is now his new competition.

P.63 and 64

Greg snorted, and grabbed the Eentsy Beentsy Book. "Yeah, right! Like this is a good idea. You know what this is? Garbage! Cheap, stupid garbage-just like you!" And Greg ripped the front cover off The Lost Unicorn and threw it at Maura's face. "Both of you-stop this! Just stop it!" It was like Mr.Z had disappeared. All Maura could s...more
Greg betul-betul terpana. Ternyata uang dua puluh lima sen bisa begitu berharga. Segera berkelebat dalam kepalanya betapa banyak kepingan dua puluh lima sen yang dihabiskan anak-anak di sekolahnya pada jam makan siang!

Sejak kecil, Greg telah terbiasa dengan uang. Ia begitu terpana akan keindahan desain dan bunyi kemerincing yang ditimbulkan oleh uang. Karena rasa terpesona itu, Greg telah bisa menghasilkan uang sendiri, mulai dari menyemir sepatu orang tuanya, membersihkan salju di jalanan tetan...more
In Lunch Money, by Andrew Clements, Greg Kenton is very good with handling money. He is just naturally talented with making money and understanding the way money works, and is now making profit off of items he is telling. When he ends up starting a comic series, one of his biggest competitors, Maura Shaw, starts making a comic as well, Greg starts to get frustrated. When they both get in trouble for their behavior and for making and selling comic books at school, they realize that hey should hel...more
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I really liked this book because it had a good story and it wasent to complecated and it was easy for a small amount of points. I think I was part of the audience this book was suposed to get attention because it got mine. This book took place in a middle school in pressent day. I like that because I can relate because he is my age.

Greg is about 13 and goes to middle school. Greg, all he thinks about is money and nothing else. So he is allways trying to find money in all sorts of ways. Doing b...more
David W.
Lunch Money by Andrew Clements is a book that I read in my childhood, and sure didn't help my obsession with making up "get-rich-quick" ideas (Not that I ever carried out the plans; I was always too lazy)!
I enjoyed the book since I could relate to Greg, and yet still feel different enough so that I can find him strange for going to such lengths to obtain money.
This book follows the life of Greg Kenton, and his obsession of making money from as a toddler, all the way to 6th grade. He has tried...more
Another wonderful school story by Andrew Clements with similarities to Jacqueline Davis's Lemonade War in that two main characters, a girl and a boy, learn about economics and business while engaging in a little competition and ultimately coming together. In Lunch Money, Greg is a talented kid in many ways, particularly in the art of making money. In fact, most of his life revolves around making money in one way or another. He is a realistic character, displaying characteristics of giftedness an...more
Ch_robyn Schaefer
6th grade Greg Kenton is a young entrepreneur. Ever since he was little, he has been obsessed with making money, and over the years has saved up a small fortune from all of his lucrative childhood businesses. In the “money-making idea of a lifetime,” Greg decides to makes use of his artistic skills and love of comic books to create his own self-produced comic series that he sells to the students at his middle school. His business, named Chunky Comics for the size and shape of the small treasures...more
Katie S
I have recently read a book called Lunch Money by Andrew Clements.This book was about one boy who always had ideas of ways to make money. One of his ideas has to do with kids lunch money and is held at school. The principal says he can not continue, but realizes how unfair that is, and tries to figure out a way to sell them at school.

The point of this book is to entertain and tell us of the power of a little teamwork can do. The lesson of this book is two heads are better than one, and if you ca...more
A 6th grade boy starts a comic book business in school, but he has to team up with his enemy and go up against the principal to keep it running. By the end, he has started to rethink his obsession with making money when he realizes he's not just the money-maker, but also the target for big-name marketers like Coke and Nike, who advertise (both subtly and unsubtly) in schools.

I liked Lunch Money so much more than The School Story, but I thought it was sad that Clements spent so much time listing...more
Soccerluver2448 (enb2)
The book Lunch Money by Andrew Clements is a realistic fiction that explores many different ways to make money. It also tells us how the main characters Greg Kenton and Maura Shaw can make money.

One of the strengths of the book is the way they showed how Greg and Maura stopped hating each other and came back together to focus on making a comic book. One example would be when Greg let Maura into his house. He only let her in to work on the comics. He really wanted to see what she was doing with t...more
My 9-year-old read "Frindle" in school, and really liked it, so when a friend told me this was the sequel and it was good, I thought it would be fun to read together. It was neither; that is, it was not a sequel, although it was by the same author, and it was not good. I realize that I was not included in the target audience, but I have enjoyed many of the youth books we have read together. This one made my eyeballs want to bleed from boredom. The plot, which barely deserves to be called by the...more
Everyone in the world dreams of becoming rich and making money, and the boy in this story, Greg, is no exception. He aspires to make money, and freely spend it when he grows up. He becomes obssessed with making money. The daughter of the neighbour across the road, Maura, however, also competes with Greg, to see how much more money they can make compared to the other person. This causes them to form animosity between each other. Greg starts a comic strip business and wants to sell comics he calls...more
I'm having a "where have you been all my life?" moment right now with Clements. He strikes me as the kids' literature equivalent of a Stephen Moffat, who writes these amazing, and somewhat labyrinthine, stories for Doctor Who. With Moffat, just when you've got a handle on where the story is going, he reveals another story that's going on in the midst of the same story. Lunch Money is like that. Clements didn't have just one idea for a story, which he then proceeds to play out. He has ideas to bu...more
This book was great. I thought it was really specific and had a lot of details.
It's about a boy who has a big interest in money. He realizes that in the school cafeteria, there are about two or more quarters that everyone carries around.
He thinks of lot's of ideas of how to make money. He got it. The answer is... Comics. He sells them and makes a lot of money.
But soon he realizes that somebody has copied that idea.
They get into a fight and get in lot's of trouble. Soon a teacher is even invol...more
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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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