The Short Seller
It all starts when Lindy Sachs is granted one hundred dollars and access to her father’s online stock trading account to alleviate her boredom while she’s home from school sick.
Lindy learns something quickly–she is very, very good at e-trading. Her one hundred dollars soon becomes two hundred dollars. Then four hundred. Then more.
With trading talent and access to her parents’ savings, the opportunity to make some real dough is too tempting to pass up. In fact, with how well Lindy’s own stocks are doing, it would be a disservice to not invest it all.
“What a fun novel and a great way to get kids excited about the power of math in the real world! The protagonist, Lindy, evolves from a math-phobic child to stock market whiz kid, learning that math is much more than a class at school; it’s key to making money. All of this in a book that is fun and energetic and filled with relatable characters. Inspiring kids to see the value in math is one of my passions, and Elissa Brent Weissman has hit the nail on the head with The Short Seller!”
– Danica McKellar
Actress and New York Times bestselling author (Math Doesn’t Suck)
“Weissman chooses an unusual subject for middle-grade fiction–playing the stock market–and it pays dividends. Weissman builds layers of suspense [and] smoothly weaves information about the stock market and finance into the story’s family dynamics and middle-grade friendship problems. A smart pick.”
“This is a highly original story effectively told. A readable and interesting thought experiment for young tycoons, this would provide a unique opportunity to pair literature with a classroom study of the stock market. ”
– The Bulletin
“Lindy’s enthusiasm is infectious…those who are drawn in by Lindy’s passion and the fun math puzzles will be rewarded by a startlingly suspenseful conclusion, with far more at stake than mere classroom drama.”
“The premise is fantastic…Recommended for fans of realistic middle grade novels with a lot of humor and high-spirited characters that can’t help but land in trouble: if you enjoy characters like Theodosia or Gilda Joyce, or books like The Higher Power of Lucky or The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, you may want to check this one out.”