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Money Hungry

(Raspberry Hill #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  4,156 ratings  ·  488 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 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2001)
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Eva Marie
May 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: younger kids & pre-teens
Recommended to Eva Marie 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 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
Apr 12, 2013 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 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
Apr 25, 2009 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
Ambar Flores
Mar 04, 2016 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 can´t 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 start ...more
Naiya Stewart
May 26, 2009 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 Johnson
Nov 03, 2011 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
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, for-kids
Addresses racism, poverty, bullying. Well written, down to earth.
Jameela Stevenson
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Robert A
Mar 10, 2015 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 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 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eden655
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Jillian Dreixler
Dec 01, 2014 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
Mariah Mathews
Dec 09, 2014 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
Sara Peoples
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Nov 05, 2014 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.
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Nov 07, 2007 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.
Shane Sutton
i read this book and so far i learned that the key to happiness isnt trough money but through friendship and wisdom
Joy Walker
Jan 12, 2010 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.
Apr 08, 2014 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 rated it it was amazing
cant wait to read the second book
Money Hungry isn't an ordinary realistic fiction. It all starts with a 13-year-old girl named Raspberry. She is very poor and lives in the projects. You may think that she is just poor to the point that she can't afford the things she wants. Wrong, she lives in a car in a junkyard with her Mom and nobody helps her. Her Dad is a bum and doesn't really care about her. All she has is her Mom and herself. Raspberry loves money and hates the fact that she is poor and lives in a bad place. She goes to ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: Money Hungry
Author: Sharon G. Flake
Date of publication: May 21, 2001
This book is about a girl named Raspberry Hill. Raspberry is always looking for ways to make money and she doesn’t care how it’s made either she sells old candy, pencils, chips at school. Cleans people's homes washes cars. All that because she is afraid of her and her mother being homeless again. She has saved up all this money. But one day her mother gets a phone call from her friend ja’nae’s grandfather. He said that
Caralin Mills
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Money Hungry by Sharon F. Flake is a heart to heart, yet comedic novel. Thirteen year old Raspberry Hill is a very big fan of money, but not sharing it. She sells old candy’s at school, pencils, and even gets her friends to help her clean elderly peoples houses to make some money. Her and her Mother have struggled when it comes to money and don’t live in the safest neighborhood which makes Raspberry’s thirst for money even worse.
I really enjoyed this book because the author did a great job with
Caitlyn Clay
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Money Hungry” is a heartfelt story about the effects of homelessness. Raspberry, the main character in this story, is always trying to make money to help her mother make ends meet. ‍I would recommend this book because it helped me see things from a different point of view. The book shows how having a traumatic experience can affect someone long after the event. The writing and language used is impactful because it conveys the character's feelings clearly. Another reason why I recommend this boo ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Oh man this was a flash back to the kind of books I read when I was first starting to get into reading! Probably when I first joined this website. Very quick read and brought up many different but still very prevalent issues throughout the story. It talks about how Raspberry, the main character, is constantly trying to find ways to make money just in case her mother and her end up losing their home again. It's not a lighthearted novel because it tackles such hard topics. All of the characters in ...more
Abria McGowan
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this a long time ago when I was the age it was actually written for, hahaha. I still really like it as an adult, though. It's honesty about living in uncertain financial situations and how that can affect a kid growing up is spot on. The main character is money hungry because she has been homeless off and on with her mom most of her life. The constant ups and downs of her friendships at that age are also very accurate. I didn't know until reading this again that there is a sequel! I'm def ...more
Imani Marsh
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really like this book because it keeps me on the edge of my seat. This book also has a lot of conflicts and sometimes it leaves lessons or morals at the end. This book lead me through different emotions it even made me cry. One think I learned about this book is that Raspberry (the main character) loves money. And it is not always a good thing for her to love so much money but she has a reason behind it. I think you should read this book because you too, might love this book and you will learn ...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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