Someone is firing arrows in the dead of night. Two campers hide a mysterious past. And is it a friend or foe who sabotages the dance decorations? These are just a few of the mysteries facing Striker Jones when he and his friends go to summer camp! Join Striker, Bill, Sheila, and Amy as they face water balloon wars, sports and arts competitions, talent shows, and more. And as always, learn some economics along the way!
This second book in the Striker Jones series continues to teach the basics of economics—without using one bit of economic jargon. Concepts (such as incentives, risk, goods vs. services, trade-offs, and more) are presented in the context of entertaining mystery stories that will engage elementary-age children. Use the book on its own, or draw out the economics more explicitly with the accompanying lesson plans and vocabulary found in the Teacher's Companion.
|Suggested Grade: 3rd - 6th|
|Author: Maggie M. Larche|
|Softbound: 124 pages|
- "Striker Jones is an excellent text for older elementary students beginning to grasp more and more complicated economic concepts. Through its easy flowing narrative with lots of conversational dialogue, children will learn to see that economics affect their daily life far more than they realized!... [The series includes a] cast of compelling characters... and Striker Jones himself is a character readers will be bound to love." – Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children
- "There is no more important subject for young people to be exposed to right now than elementary economics. Larche has produced a well written primer that illustrates the economic fundamentals clearly, succinctly, and with a cool factor that young readers will love. Think young Sherlock Holmes meets Milton Friedman!" – James Larriviere, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at Spring Hill College
- Children's Bookwatch – Midwest Book Review
"Striker Jones and the Midnight Archer is the latest title in a middle grade mystery/econ short story collection series. Here are ten absolutely riveting chapter mysteries with economics related themes about Striker, Bill, Sheila, and Amy as they throw down an exciting series of mysterious challenges at summer camp. At the end of every action packed chapter, there is a telling question which summarizes the economic and mystery-related implications in the story. In case of brain drain or brain freeze, a handy solution summary follows, with, generally, a happy ending. Once again creative author Maggie Larche proves that middle grade readers (and younger) are up to solving mysteries, analyzing economics, and picking up on clues in a fun and rollicking series that has some heart and group ethics at the core of the story. Striker Jones and the Midnight Archer is a candidate for further awards in its effortless teaching of both excellent cooperation values and basic economics. It is also ideal summer reading for young adults, since the separate but related chapter mysteries stand alone as well as together."