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Parents' Guide to

Lunch Money

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Delightful page-turner with rock-solid values.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

A very well done book :)!

I really like this book, (the author is one of my favorites) and I think it's great to read. Just about any age can read and enjoy this book! I recommend!
age 7+

Great book for families to read together

We purchased this book for our 8 yr old son for Christmas and read it every night together. The book was filled with positive messages about relationships - with people such as family, neighbors, friends, teachers and school officials, and most importantly, developing a relationship with and about handling money. In the end, I cannot say enough about the storyline, the humor and the realism brought in our home through this book. It opened many lines of discussion on several topics, including money. We highly recommend it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

LUNCH MONEY is as remarkable for what it doesn't have as for what it does -- suspense without villains, humor without pandering, excitement without violence. Not to mention independent children without killing off the adults or making them all morons. Nobody else seems to be able to do what Andrew Clements does: He takes the environment that is most familiar and meaningful to children, school, and writes stories that take place there in language so clear and lively that even inexperienced and reluctant readers can blaze through it in a haze of pleasure. And his stories are so packed with intellectual depth, emotional power, and understanding of the human heart that each of his books rockets to the top of read-aloud and discussion group lists.

The story has a rich and developing relationship between Greg and Maura and a complex view of money and school politics. It's a pure, unadulterated delight.

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