Monday, May 13, 2019

The Ultimate Middle Grade Summer Read -- THE STARTUP SQUAD (Review) #thestartupsquad #girlsmeanbusiness @weisfeld @TheStartupSquad @MacKidsBooks

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Girls mean business in a brand-new middle grade series about friendship and entrepreneurship!

(Also available in hard cover and kindle format)

As part of our homeschooling this year, I decided to include a month “Economics of Entrepreneurship”.  With so many people coming up with new innovative products including kids, I thought this would not only be a beneficial topic to teach, but also fun.  And, as part of the girls' hands on learning, they have to work together to put together a business plan, etc. to run a successful lemonade stand. And, thanks to the new "The Startup Squad" book by Brian Weisfield and Nicle C. Kear, they are embracing entrepreneurship, and already have the wheels spinning in their heads about future ventures and ideas they want to pursue, thanks to the tools I shared in our homeschooling, as well as with this book.

More about this book:

Given the entrepreneurial focus and fast-approaching summer months (the perfect time for kids to try out making their own lemonade stand), the new middle grade series "THE STARTUP SQUAD seems like a great fit. THE STARTUP SQUAD (on sale May 7; ages 8-11) is a zany, inspirational series starter about four girls who set out to win their school’s lemonade stand competition. Praised by Babysitters Club series author Ann M. Martin, THE STARTUP SQUAD is a classic and entertaining friendship story featuring a diverse and dynamic cast of characters that's sure to delight readers!

But what really sets this one apart from other books in the middle grade and chapter book world is the entrepreneurial component. The back of the book contains inspiring business tips as well as an interview with a real-life girl entrepreneur (in this case 12-year-old Sara Robinson, creator of Sara Sews). 

Co-written by veteran middle grade author Nicole C. Kear and Brian Weisfeld, a successful business executive and the father of two girls (who actually inspired the book), THESTARTUP SQUAD was created to promote the entrepreneurial mindset as a way for girls to learn important life skills and be inspired to chase their dreams with confidence and conviction. 

You can check out more details on The Startup Squad and all its initiatives at    Looking for something to do once the book ends? We've put together a fun activity kit to help you and your budding entrepreneur start your own lemonade stand this summer! I encourage you to continue to participate all summer long."

  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Series: The Startup Squad (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint (May 7, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250180406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250180407
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches


What I really like about "The Startup Squad" is that it is written with kids (both middle grade and early high school level in mind.  So, as kids read the book, they can find themselves relating, and getting exited about the possibilities entreneurship brings.  In this novel, readers follow four girls, who are brought together to complete a class assignment, in hopes of winning "jump to the head of the line" passes to a nearby amusement park.  They quickly learn that they have to work together, and that listening to each other is key, if they want a chance at winning, and completing the assignment.  Along the way, the girls also make new friendships, while learning important life lessons and skills needed if you want to be success both in life and as an entrepreneur.

This was a really well written book about girls finding their way and being inspired as budding entrepreneurs.  I loved seeing their friendship evolve, as they work together on their lemonade stand business.  It was especially nice to see the authors included that success is tough and that with any challenge in life, that there will be bumps and obstacles you will have to overcome and tackle head on.  Through strong friendships and drive, girls especially, can do anything they set their mind and heart to.  "Girls Mean Business," and this is seen with the new "The Startup Squad" chapter book for middle school readers.

So, as summer draws near, why not consider picking up this book for your middle level reader to read. Maybe it will spark an entrepreneur bug in them and have them thinking of ways to earn money on their own this year, either with a lemonade stand, invention they come up with, or service they start alone or with friends.  This was the perfect addition to our homeschool learning about economics and entrepreneurship, and I highly recommend it, for girls who show interest in business and entrepreneurship, or just want to be inspired to dream big and be reminded girls can do anything.

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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