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MG Books About Kid Entrepreneurs

Who says kids can’t make money? These kids did. Follow them through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. With a little creativity and smart-thinking, you might just be on your way to some hard-earned cash. Comic books. Lemonade stands. Babysitting. Baking. Repairing things. Whatever your interest. There’s a way to make money doing it.

Lunch Money by Andrew Clements

Greg is a pro at finding ways to make a buck. When he realizes that kids always have an extra quarter or two, he begins thinking up a plan to get those quarters. He decides to create and sell his own comic books. The only problem is there’s another girl with the same idea. 

Best Babysitters Ever by Caroline Cala 

After reading a book from The Babysitter’s Club series, Malia decides to start her own babysitting business with her best friends Dot and Bree. Things get off to a great start, until Malia’s older sister decides to start her own business and outcompete them. Determined to get back on top, they expose her sister for the bad babysitter she is. 

The Startup Squad by Brian Weisfeld

Four girls are grouped together for the class competition to see who can make the most money selling lemonade. Bossy Resa has a hard time listening to other ideas. Consequently, disaster upon disaster continues to occur, and the team is losing big time. Finally, she takes some advice from someone with experience and it pays off.

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

Siblings Evan and Jessie have always been great friends, but now that Jessie is skipping ahead to his grade, Evan is humiliated. When he decides to sell lemonade with a group of annoying boys rather than Jessie, she becomes his biggest competitor. With her smart brain, she hones her business skills and officially goes up against her brother to be the first to make $100. 

Cake Pop Crush by Suzanne Nelson

Say it With Flour has been the only bakery in town until a new chain opens across the street. Dane, the new boy in school, is the son of the new bakery developer. Alicia and her dad are getting crushed by the competition. Then the rich girl decides to have a competition to decide who will get her business. Alicia and Dane are headed for a bake-off. 

On Thin Ice by Michael Northrop

Ked has a progressive physical deformity that makes him look like Quasimodo from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It’s seriously affecting his social life. On top of that, his dad is two months behind in rent and he’s counting on his prediction for the ice melt contest being correct. Ked has no faith in the contest, so he takes part of the rent money and buys an old mini-bike which he plans to fix up and resell.

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

Christian, aka MacGyver, is the go-to guy for getting kids out of trouble. His office is the fourth bathroom stall in an unused wing of his school. He charges a fee for solving people’s problems. Even the janitor is a client. When he decides to stop a high school bookie from harassing little kids, things get out of hand and his business is threatened.

Flat Broke by Gary Paulsen

Since Kevin’s parents took away his allowance for lying, he’s flat broke. He decides he’ll make a few bucks being a business broker. He sets other people up to make money then takes a cut. He helps his classmates and siblings start a variety of businesses, but when they realize what he’s doing, it all starts to fall apart.

You’re Invited by Jen Malone

Sadie loves helping her mom with her event planning business, but when a wedding goes disastrously wrong because of her mistake, Sadie gets the boot. There’s only one thing to do. Grab a few friends and start her own business. From a kid’s southern plantation mystery party to her enemy’s fashion party, Sadie, Vi, Lauren and Becca are knocking it out of the park. 

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