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Wall Street Meets Seventh-Grade in The Short Seller

May 2, 2013

SWARTHMORE, Pa., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Many people believe that the earlier children begin learning about saving and investing, the better their chances for future financial stability. But what happens when a simple economics lesson has the Securities and Exchange Commission knocking on your door? Elissa Brent Weissman‘s new book, The Short Seller (Atheneum, May), takes readers on a journey into the exciting but high-stakes world of online trading and the stock market, as seen through the eyes of a middle-school student.

Twelve-year-old Lindy Sachs isn’t fond of math class, but when she finds herself sick and stuck at home with one-hundred dollars and access to her father’s online trading account, numbers and graphs become much more appealing. It appears Lindy is a natural day trader, quickly doubling her money. But when the temptation to get rich quick leads her to start trading with her parents’ money without their knowledge, things quickly spiral out of control.

Just when Lindy’s foray into Wall Street seems to have reached its peak with a quick-thinking solution to recover a near catastrophic loss, the SEC pays the Sachs family a visit that Lindy will never forget.

The Short Seller explores the ups and downs of the stock market – and of family and peer dynamics – while illustrating just how useful some dreaded classroom subjects can turn out to be. In the end, the fast-moving story for ages 8-12 echoes Ben Franklin’s view that, in fact, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”.

Elissa Brent Weissman, is the author of three previous middle-grade novels. Standing for Socks, which was named one of Bank Street’s Best Books of the Year, was written while Weissman was a senior in the Writing Seminars program at Johns Hopkins University. Her most recent release, Nerd Camp, was featured as a best summer novel for kids in The Washington Post and was a 2011 Cybils Award winner for middle grade fiction. Weissman holds a Masters in Children’s Literature from Roehampton University in London, England. She and her husband live in Baltimore, Maryland, where she teachers Writing for Children at the University of Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

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