When Lindy Sachs is home sick with mononucleosis, a request from her father to put through a stock trade in his on-line account sparks her interest. To help occupy her time while she recuperates, her father gives her $100 to invest. Lindy researches stocks and learns more about the language of trades. Thinking she has found a guaranteed way to make money for her parents, she secretly invests more of the account than she should, but the stock does badly. Lindy learns about an impending problem for a consumer products company and decides that selling short on that company’s stock would be a great way to make back the money she lost without having to tell her parents. What Lindy doesn’t realize is that her father has worked for that company, and she and her father soon find themselves in the middle of an insider trading investigation.
Lindy is in seventh grade, dealing with many of the same issues as other children her age — stresses of school, emerging romantic relationships, typical sibling rivalry. Her adventures in the world of stock trading, however, are quite unusual. The author includes considerable detail about trading, which may lead some readers to skim those sections. Lindy’s level of understanding about how to make sophisticated trades strains credibility, as does the fact that her father — normally on his trading account multiple times a day — doesn’t notice Lindy’s unauthorized activity. Nonetheless, Lindy’s story will appeal to many middle school readers, who may find themselves interested in the stock market, too. Note that the novel’s Judaic content is limited to passing references to Hebrew school.
Recommended for ages 11 – 14.