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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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Donte McNeal
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Economics (and statistics) was something I abhorred taking in college. Had my head spinning the entire time. However! I saw this book was elementary economics and I couldn't but smile in relief. And smile I did, throughout most of Striker Jones.

There's just something about kids being kids, innocent and adventurous that puts you in a good mood. I had a blast reading this book, which is really a collection of little mysteries that incorporate some (elementary) ecomics naturally throughout the stor
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Felix Long
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
By Isobel (age 10)

I think Striker Jones was a very interesting book. I liked it because it was very unique. There were a lot of problems in it and a lot of solutions.

Striker Jones sounds really smart and confident boy. How does he work all this out? Outside he looks like a normal kid, but inside he is really intelligent and confident.

By me (not telling)

As a parent, I enjoyed the structure of this book. Each chapter takes place in an everyday elementary school around Striker Jones and his friends
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Maggie Larche
Dec 04, 2015 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 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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Heather Murray
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a number of things that make this book (and probably the whole Striker Jones series) an attractive book that adults might want to buy for children. The tone is upbeat, the setting is small-town/ suburban, the kids are all basically decent, the fun is innocent, the narrative is engaging. It evokes the “good old days”, when modesty was a virtue, drugs and guns were non-topics and boys only had 60 cents in their pocket.

The book is also cleverly designed to impart wisdom on multiple level
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Andrea
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Introduces economic concepts in easy to understand ways. Each chapter is a mini mystery that Striker solves (with an explanation at the end). Not really a novel but the characters stay the same and the setting is usually school or school related. Short. Good introduction to talking about economics in the classroom.
Maggie
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Striker Jones by Maggie M. Larche. It was a very enjoyable light read. I really liked how although Striker is a very talented detective he never tells on people just to mean or for his own benefit. He usually gives them a chance to right things themselves. I enjoyed the clever storylines and how all the solutions taught you something. I was sad when the book ended and I can't wait to read the next one.
Michael Schleicher
Sep 24, 2011 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
Vera
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a chapter book in the form of ten separate, related incidents, each containing a puzzle to be solved, and followed by the solution, briefly explained. It’s an intriguing format, and a very entertaining way to lead young readers in analytical thinking. While the subtitle says economics, not all of the puzzles here about commerce or money.
The protagonist appears to be a boy in middle-school; I estimate him at thirteen years old, though neither age nor grade is specified. He is a clever fe
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Nigel Weight
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a little unusual in that it is series of short stories about a boy called Striker Jones and his friends but in these stories there are puzzles to solve. There are ten short chapters, each setting up a mental puzzle in the form of a mystery that Striker then, by using his powers of observation and deduction, solves.

The main character is a likable boy who has all the attendant responsibilities and social pressures of being an elementary school kid. His best friend Bill is regularly a
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Rahul Deokar
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
It had been a while that I read an elementary-grade mystery book, but I was surprised how I thoroughly enjoyed 'Striker Jones: Elementary Economics for Elementary Detectives'.

Firstly, I loved the mission driving this book - teaching kids about economics, and the unique approach that author Maggie Larche has taken. Her stories are brilliant in how they communicate complex economic concepts like trade, scarcity, and risk through simple ways that young kids can relate to. Secondly, the dozen short
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Sara-Lisa Andersson
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
A new (for me, at least) and different type of book, made up of episodes that could all have stood on their own. Each episode chronicles an incident in young Striker Jones life where he resolved a problem, or even solved a crime, through the use of his observational skills and some basic deduction. Economics is not my strong suit, so I can’t say anything about that part of the book, but I found it interesting and not at all overly teach-y. The problems were realistic and relatable for the intend ...more
Angelina Kerner
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Striker Jones: Elementary Economics for Elementary Detectives striker

Author: Maggie M. Larche

Source: Received as a gift for an honest book review

My Rating : 5 stars

This is a one fun book. A parent can have their middle grade kid chapter by chapter to read because each chapter has a lesson. I found Striker Jones to be the young version of Shawn Spencer from Psych.

Shawn is one of the main characters in the show and I found him entertaining. Striker seems to the young version of him, except
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A.J. Culey
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Striker Jones by Maggie M. Larche is a collection of short mystery stories starring Striker Jones and his classmates. Each chapter is self-contained with its own mystery and solution, but is also connected to preceding chapters. The book has a clear progression of events that leads to a satisfying conclusion. A couple of the mysteries were a stretch for me as an adult, but I have a feeling the events would be quite believable to any child reader. Overall, I found the mysteries to be entertaining ...more
Joseph Kelly
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As an individual who has always taken an interest in economics, I was very pleased to learn about Striker Jones's quirky (AND educational) antics. Maggie Larche leverages the time-tested teaching medium of short, memorable anecdotes to introduce elementary school children to economics.

By constructing her lessons around situations school-aged children can identify with (a day digging holes at the beach, crafting at a classroom holiday party, playing dodgeball during gym, a field trip to the Natur
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Chrys Cymri
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I was in fifth grade, I loved the 'Encyclopedia Brown' books. This collection of short stories reminded me of those.

Striker, and all his friends, are very believable children (not quite sure of the age) in very believable lives. Each chapter sets out an event, with a puzzle which Striker solves (with one exception). Some of his solutions required more intuition than logic. Economics lessons were woven into the tales, which makes the collection stand out from other 'boy solves mysteries' boo
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Attila Benő
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book is a collection of short stories, spread out through an entire school-year, starting with the last days of summer and ending with the first few days of the next summer. It’s not a “classical” detective story, there is no one big mystery to solve, but each chapter has something that the children can try to piece together. I say children because the book is primarily aimed at them, but any adult can enjoy these stories as a fun afternoon read. Some of the solutions were a bit strange to m ...more
Alisha Painter
Mar 11, 2014 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
Laurie Cockerell
Jun 12, 2014 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!
TDCbookreviews
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Striker Jones by Maggie M Larche is a great introduction to mysteries and economics. This book has great stories filled with the basic principles of economics. Each mystery is wrapped around a concept children can easily understand and they're all entertaining. This would definitely be a great elementary school book.
Caitlin
Jan 05, 2012 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.
Marlene
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good story for my 5th grade gr. granddaughter. Made her think as well entertaining her with a good read.
Courtney
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
fun riddles, good book but not amazing
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