The Short Seller

The Short Seller

For Ages: 8 - 12
A twelve-year-old takes on the stock market in this money-minded middle grade novel that Publishers Weekly calls “a smart pick.”

It all starts when seventh grader Lindy Sachs is granted one hundred dollars and access to her father’s online trading account as a way to alleviate her boredom while she’s home sick from school.

Lindy learns something immediately—she is very, very good at e-trading. Her one hundred dollars soon becomes two hundred dollars. Then four hundred. And more. With trading talent and access to her parents’ savings, the opportunity to make some real dough is too tempting to pass up. In fact, given how well Lindy’s stocks are doing, it would be a disservice to not invest it all…Right?
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442452565 | 
  • May 2014 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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A twelve-year-old takes on the stock market in this money-minded middle grade novel.

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The Short Seller Chapter 1 Sweet Spot
Lindy yawned and weighed the options on the table. She could start her homework, or she could start eating her plate of warm minicookies. Like there was even a choice. She stacked two of the cookies and bit into them together.

“Double-decker,” Howe said. “You should eat one at a time so they last longer.”

“Nah,” said Lindy. She sucked a blob of melted chocolate off her finger. “That’s no fun.”

Howe slid... see more

About the Author

Elissa Brent Weissman
(c) Michael Olliver

Elissa Brent Weissman

Elissa Brent Weissman is the author of The Short Seller, Nerd Camp, Nerd Camp 2.0, and Standing for Socks as well as The Trouble with Mark Hopper. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit her at




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