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The Millionaire Kids Club: Home Sweet Home


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In Social Studies class, it's time to talk about "current events" from the newspaper. Three members of the Millionaire Kids Club - Isaiah, Sandy and Dennis - have agreed on a topic. They want to explain why so many homes in the community have "For Sale" signs. But their buddy, Stephanie, doesn't want to talk about this subject. After all, her family may have to sell their home too - and that has Stephanie terribly upset. Stephanie's dad has lost his job and can't pay for their home anymore. So will Stephanie's family be able to save their house? Or will they have to move out, and will Stephanie have to leave the neighborhood and her closest friends?

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The Millionaire Kids Club: Home Sweet Home

  1. 1. The Millionaire Kid$ Club LUM E V O O E V TM LUM By Susan Beacham & Lynnette Khalfani-Cox Illustrative design by Mary Jo Cadiz Home Sweet Home Putting the “Do” in Donate
  2. 2. The Millionaire Kid$ Club Home Sweet Home Volume Three By Susan Beacham & Lynnette Khalfani-Cox Illustrative design by Mary Jo Cadiz
  3. 3. Dedication This book is dedicated to all families facing foreclosure, and especially to children dealing with the loss of a home. - Lynnette Special Thanks The authors wish to thank the following people for their brilliance and devotionIllustrative Design: Mary Jo Cadiz Editor: Cindy Richards Poet: Michael Beacham Representation: Earl Cox No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the publisher. For information regarding permission, write to: Advantage World Press Attn: Permissions P.O. Box 1307 Mountainside, NJ 07092 908-233-2399 ISBN-10: 1-932450-03-3 ISBN-13: 978-1-932450-03-3 Copyright © 2008 Higher Financial Ground All rights reserved. Published by Advantage World Press. Beacham, Susan. The millionaire kid$ club. Volume three, Home sweet home / by Susan Beacham & Lynnette Khalfani-Cox ; illustrative design by Mary Jo Cadiz. -- 1st ed. -- Mountainside, NJ : Advantage World Press, 2008. p. ; cm. (Millionaire kids club ; no. 3) ISBN: 978-1-932450-03-3 Audience: 5-12 years. Summary: Four children learn about the responsibility of owning a house and the impact on their families of not being able to pay a home mortgage loan. 1. Finance, Personal--Juvenile fiction. 2. Home ownership--Juvenile fiction. 3. Foreclosure--Juvenile fiction. [1. Finance, Personal--Fiction. 2. Home ownership--Fiction. 3. Foreclosure--Fiction.] I. Khalfani, Lynnette. II. Cadiz, Mary Jo, ill. III. Title. IV. Title: Home sweet home. V. Title: Millionaire kids club. Volume three, Home sweet home. PZ7.B3545Milh 2008 [Fic] QBI08-600185 This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are a product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
  4. 4. Isaiah, Dennis, Sandy and Stephanie were waiting for the morning bell to ring. It was Thursday, the day everyone would bring in a news story to discuss during Mrs. Berry’s social studies class, when students would talk about current events. 2
  5. 5. The four friends had formed The Millionaire Kids Club a year earlier. This year, they pledged to always bring in news stories about money. As they compared news clippings, Isaiah, Dennis and Sandy were surprised to see that each of them had chosen the same story to share today. The headline of the story read: “For Sale Signs Spring Up Around Town.” The article talked about how lots of families were moving out of their town because they couldn’t pay for their homes. 3
  6. 6. “I don’t want us to talk about that,” Stephanie said. “Why?” Sandy asked. “Did you find a better article?” 4
  7. 7. “Well, no,” Stephanie answered quietly, looking down at the ground. “It’s just that I don’t want to think about it because it’s happening to my family. We’re losing our house, which means I’ll be losing my room. So will my little brother. Even my parents will lose their room. And I don’t know what will happen to our cat.” 5
  8. 8. Stephanie put her head in her hands and started crying. Her friends were stunned. Stephanie was always so tough. She never cried. Dennis was the first to speak up. “It’s OK, Stephanie,” he said, putting his arm around his friend. 6
  9. 9. Isaiah, who had been writing something in his notebook, looked up. “Yeah, Stephanie,” he said. “I’m sure your parents will buy another house with a cool room for you. And I’ll bet they’ll stay right here in our neighborhood, so you won’t even have to worry about going to a new school.” 7
  10. 10. Stephanie looked doubtful. “My family is losing our house because it costs too much money,” she explained. “Remember how I told you that my dad lost his job a few months ago?” “Sure we remember,” Isaiah said. “But I thought he got a new job.” 8
  11. 11. “He did,” Stephanie said. “But while he wasn’t working, we couldn’t pay all our bills. For awhile, my parents used our savings to keep up, but now our savings is gone too. Last night, my parents told us that we have to move out of our house. If we can’t pay for this house, I don’t see how we can afford to pay for a different one.” 9
  12. 12. Just then, the bell rang and the friends headed off to class. When Mrs. Berry announced it was time for current events, Isaiah looked over at Stephanie. She nodded her head and said, “Yes, it’s OK. We can talk about your news clipping.” Immediately, Isaiah raised his hand. 10
  13. 13. “OK, Isaiah,” Mrs. Berry said. “What news story about money do you have to share?” By now, Mrs. Berry knew she could count on The Millionaire Kids Club members to bring in money news. 11
  14. 14. We hope you have enjoyed reading this excerpt. You can buy Home Sweet Home and the other books in the Millionaire Kids Club series from Follow Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach on Twitter @themoneycoach. Get free financial tips, articles and advice on