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Friday, October 12, 2012

Blog Tour review of, Toby Gold and The Secret Fortune by Craig Everett

Product Details:

  • Title: Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune
  • Author: Craig R. Everett
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fiscal Press (October 18, 2012)
  • Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
  • ISBN-10: 1936214954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936214952
  • FTC FYI: I was given a review e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Book Description and Review:  

"Money is the most dangerous magic."
New Fantasy Novel Teaches Kids about Money
It is widely recognized that the lack of basic financial skills among adults and teens is a serious problem in America and around the world.  A new middle-grade novel by Craig Everett hopes to improve the financial literacy situation for children ages 9 to 15.

Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune is an urban fantasy, where a secret magical world of money and intrigue co-exists with the same everyday world we all know.  Toby grows up in Wallingford, Connecticut, not knowing about this secret society until one day when he discovers secret messages encrypted into the stock ticker “crawl” that moves along the bottom of the screen on the financial news channel.

Toby’s shock only grows worse when he realizes that the secret messages are directed to him!

His unique abilities with math and money have been noticed by the wrong people, and Toby is quickly sucked into a high-stakes life and death financial conspiracy, that he is only able to resolve by using his amazing skills with money.

At 260 pages, the book is fast-paced and entertaining.  It incorporates such financial literacy topics as: saving, banking, entrepreneurship, time value of money, return on investment, and simple financial statements.

“My whole purpose in writing this book is to introduce finance principles to people in an entertaining way using characters with which they can identify,” says author Craig R. Everett, a finance professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.  “Financial literacy is a huge issue now, particularly due to the financial crisis,” Dr. Everett continues.  “There is no silver bullet that instantly endows people with financial literacy, so the best approach is to expose kids to these concepts in as many ways and at as many times as possible…eventually, it will stick.”

This book is a great teaching tool for tweens and teens. What a fantastic way for teens to learn about being responsible with money. There is also an entertaining action story to go along with these thoughtful lessons. You couldn't ask for a better combination than this!

Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune will be available in bookstores and online on October 15, 2012.

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Author Bio for Craig Everett:

Craig R. Everett was born and raised in Maine, spending his childhood summers digging along the shores of Bar Harbor for buried pirate treasure.  Fortunately, he was able to remain blissfully unaware that pirates seldom, if ever, ventured that far north.  He received his B.A. in Economics from Tufts University, an MBA from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. in Finance from Purdue University.

Dr. Everett is currently a finance professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he teaches corporate and entrepreneurial finance. Dr. Everett also volunteers in public schools teaching financial literacy principles. 

You can learn more about Craig here:

Blog Tour Schedule for Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune by Craig Everett, 2012
04-Oct-2012  Free Money Finance 
11-Oct-2012 Queen of Random  
12-Oct-2012 Why Not? Because I Said So
12-Oct-2012 LDS Women's Book Review
13-Oct-2012 A Storybook World
15-Oct-2012 A Thousand Wrongs
16-Oct-2012 Say This Write
16-Oct-2012 Money and Me for Canadians
16-Oct-2012 Word Spelunking
17-Oct-2012 Couponing with Boys
18-Oct-2012 Book Launch of Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune at the Access to Capital Conference at the LA Westin Bonaventure Hotel.
18-Oct-2012 The Book Bug
18-Oct-2012  I Am a Reader not a Writer
19-Oct-2012 Of Writerly Things
19-Oct-2012  Troop Petrie
22-Oct-2012 Renae's Writespot
22-Oct-2012  The Write Path
23-Oct-2012  Monique's Musings
23-Oct-2012  My Mommy's World
24-Oct-2012  The Things I Love
24-Oct-2012  Adventures of the Mommy Homemaker
25-Oct-2012  Live to Read
26-Oct-2012 Ordinary Happily Ever After
29-Oct-2012  Fire and Ice
01-Nov-2012  Jeffrey Olsen
01-Nov-2012  Bookworm Lisa
05-Nov-2012 Debbie's Inkspectations
07-Nov-2012  With a Side of Thriftiness
10-Nov-2012 A Storybook World

12-Nov-2012 Christy Dorrity's Dearest Dreams
15-Nov-2012  The Non-Reluctant Reader
19-Nov-2012  Taffy's Writings 
Nov 2012-

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  1. I love this concept of using a fun read to instruct and also the topic. I'll add this to my to-get list for the grandkids.

    Hmmm . . . maybe I should get it for some of my adult kids, too. ;)

  2. Too true! As an adult I was learning some things I didn't know either. :)

  3. Sheila,

    I've had similar comments from other adults who enjoyed the read yet actually learned some new stuff about finance.

    This is planned as the first book in a six book series. This first one introduces the story and characters, plus some basic financial literacy principles. The remaining five books continue the storyline and also cover the rest of the six national financial literacy standards.

    The action continues in the next book, which is called TOBY GOLD AND THE ORDER OF THE INVISIBLE HAND.

    Thanks again!

    Craig Everett
    Pepperdine University


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