Toby Gold is a seventh grader in Wallingford, Connecticut who has always known that he is good with money – but has no idea how good until he discovers a dangerous hidden society of money and intrigue that co-exists with the everyday world we all know.
Toby stumbles upon this dark financial world 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 or death financial conspiracy that he is only able to resolve by using his amazing talent with money.
What I thought: I like stories that teach. Toby Gold is one of those stories, with a good introduction to basic finance. Even I learned a few things about stocks as I read along. To top it off, Craig Everett presents the information in an entertaining and suspenseful manner. My 12-year-old son loves to read and I could easily see him adding this book to his collection. However, with shades of Harry Potter or Encyclopedia Brown, I think this book would appeal to readers of all ages. It is a fun read for anyone interested in finances and intrigue. I look forward to the sequel.
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