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The Millionaire Kids Club: Penny Power


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Mrs. Berry's weekend math assignment is one of the toughest ever. In fact, she seems to have gone a little overboard - she thinks pennies have incredible powers! Powers like curing diseases, building schools, and delivering food and medicine. Mrs. Berry wants the class to explain how this can be. Isaiah, Sandy, Dennis and Stephanie decide that as members of the Millionaire Kids Club, there's no money problem they can't solve. They're up for the challenge! But as they start their research, they also discover that Sandy has a money concern of her own - her mom has lost her job. Can the pals solve their crazy penny homework and help Sandy feel a little better at the same time?

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The Millionaire Kids Club: Penny Power

  1. 1. By Susan Beacham & Lynnette Khalfani-Cox Illustrations by Mary Jo Cadiz Penny Power
  2. 2. The Millionaire Kid$ Club Penny Power Volume Four By Susan Beacham & Lynnette Khalfani-Cox Illustrations by Mary Jo Cadiz
  3. 3. Dedication This book is dedicated to my songwriter, CFO and best friend, Michael and my inspiration for this work, my beloved Allison and Amanda. - Susan Special Thanks The authors wish to thank the following people for their brilliance and devotion Illustrations: 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-13: 978-1-932450-04-0 ISBN-10: 1-932450-04-1 Copyright © 2009 Higher Financial Ground All rights reserved. Published by Advantage World Press. Beacham, Susan. The millionaire kid$ club. Volume four, Penny power / by Susan Beacham & Lynnette Khalfani-Cox ; illustrations by Mary Jo Cadiz. -- 1st ed. -- Mountainside, NJ : Advantage World Press, 2009. p. cm. (Millionaire kids club ; no. 4) ISBN-13: 978-1-932450-04-0 Summary: Four children learn how pennies can be used to cure diseases, build schools and deliver food and medicine, and how a family’s savings can help when one child’s mother loses her job. Audience: Ages 7-12. 1. Finance, Personal--Juvenile fiction. 2. Savings accounts--Juvenile fiction. [1. Finance, Personal--Fiction. 2. Savings accounts--Fiction.] I. Khalfani-Cox, Lynnette. II. Cadiz, Mary Jo, ill. III. Title. IV. Title: Millionaire kids club. Volume four, Penny power. V. Title: Penny power. PZ7.B3545Milp 2009 [Fic] QBI08-600329 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 ran out to the playground to find his friends. He saw Sandy and Stephanie walking slowly. They looked very serious and Sandy was clearly worried. “I wonder what’s wrong,” Isaiah thought. Before he could ask, the bell rang and recess was over. 2
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  6. 6. Back in class, Mrs. Berry had written something on the board. “A penny saved is a penny earned,” it said. “Would anybody care to guess what this phrase means?” Mrs. Berry asked. Sandy raised her hand. “I’ve heard my mom say that,” Sandy said. “But I don’t see what the big deal is. What can you do with one penny?” 4
  7. 7. “I am glad you asked, Sandy,” Mrs. Berry said as she pointed to three piles of pennies on her desk. The first pile contained just one shiny penny, the next had 10 and the last had 100 pennies. “Each of these piles will teach us a lesson about money,” Mrs. Berry said. “The smallest one will teach us how to become a millionaire.” The students gasped. They thought Mrs. Berry must have made a mistake. “The pile with 10 pennies will teach us how to help cure a very bad disease,” Mrs. Berry continued. Again, the class couldn’t believe what she was saying. 5
  8. 8. “And the pile with 100 pennies will teach us how to help build schools and deliver food and medicine to hundreds of needy children,” Mrs. Berry said. Now they thought Mrs. Berry was completely crazy. Dennis raised his hand and asked, “But, Mrs. Berry, how could a few pennies do all of that?” 6
  9. 9. “That’s what I want each of you to figure out,” Mrs. Berry told the class. “This weekend, I want all of you to solve the mystery of how one penny can turn someone into a millionaire, how 10 pennies can cure a disease and how 100 pennies can help hundreds of children.” “Boy, is this going to be a long weekend,” Stephanie mumbled unhappily. 7
  10. 10. It was 4:00 p.m. Friday, time for the weekly meeting of The Millionaire Kids Club. The friends had started the club to learn about money and how to handle the occasional money challenge, like the one Mrs. Berry had given them. “This meeting of The Millionaire Kids Club is called to order,” Isaiah announced, looking at the glum faces of his three best friends. “Cheer up, guys. This is our thing – we know money. We can solve these penny mysteries.” Dennis turned to Sandy. “Sandy, maybe your mom can help. She’s an accountant, right? So she knows a lot about money.” 8
  11. 11. “Sandy, are you listening?” Dennis asked. “Sorry, Dennis, I was thinking about last night when I heard my mom and dad talking. Mom said her office is closing and she is being laid off starting this week.” “Laid off?” asked Isaiah. “What does that mean?” Dennis answered first. “My mom was laid off last year. It’s when you lose your job.” “Yeah. And when you are laid off, you don’t make any money,” Sandy said. 9
  12. 12. Now Isaiah understood why Sandy had looked worried out on the playground. “Have you asked your mom and dad about what you heard?” Isaiah asked. “No, I’m afraid to ask them,” she said. Isaiah walked over, sat next to Sandy and said gently, “I know you’re afraid, Sandy, but I think you need to gather some more facts. You may not have the whole story.” “And everything might be OK, Sandy,” Dennis said. “When my mom lost her job last year, she ended up getting a job she liked even better and now she’s doing great.” “I know she’ll find another job,” whispered Sandy, “but how will we pay our bills right now?” 10
  13. 13. We hope you have enjoyed reading this excerpt. You can buy Penny Power 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