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Who Makes It, Where Does It Come From, How Does It Get to You?

by Kevin Sylvester and Michael Hlinka

Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 101 Great Books for Kids, Fuse 8, School Library Journal Best Bets List, Top Ten, Ontario Library Association Yellow Cedar Award Nomination

Get ready to go global!

Our cellphones, our clothes, our food: all are everyday things we consider essential, but we seldom think of what and who is involved in making them and getting them into our hands. In Follow Your Stuff, award-winning children’s author Kevin Sylvester and business professor Michael Hlinka team up again, this time to tackle the dynamics of the global economy, examining the often-complex journey of ordinary goods from production right to our doorsteps.

Using familiar examples, easy-to-follow charts and graphs, and a big helping of humor, Hlinka and Sylvester introduce young readers to concepts such as relative value and fair wages and how to think critically about our purchasing decisions. Sylvester’s lively illustrations add even more kid-appeal, making this sequel to the critically acclaimed Follow Your Money the perfect introduction to socio-economics and an eye-opening essential read for young people.


“A thought-provoking breakdown of the real cost of all our cheap stuff.”
—Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 01/15/19

“This book isn’t just good and isn’t just remarkably written, it’s doggone necessary for the 21st century!!”
—Elizabeth Bird, Fuse 8, School Library Journal, 12/28/19

“Educational, thought-provoking and highly appealing, Follow Your Stuff is not only a must-read for young teens, but it would also be a valuable resource in a class on modern issues or consumerism.”
—CM Reviews, 12/14/18

“Highly readable . . . unique . . . This slim but thoughtful book is an excellent tool to expose students to the practical and ethical sides of economics.”
—School Library Connection, 05/19

“Provides an ideal starting place for a project and would appeal to students highly motivated to understand the origins of common items . . . Recommended for middle school collections.”
—School Library Journal, 04/30/19

It is eye-opening, and often startling . . . The References and Further Reading section is exceptional . . . Meant for teen consumers, but very informative for their parents and teachers as well.”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 05/26/19

“A breezy, straightforward style and jaunty drawings throughout make it a clear and speedy read.”
—Toronto Star - Metroland Newspapers, 07/24/19

“An engaging read.”
—Kiss the Book, 01/03/19

“Fun, clear, and accessible.”
—Youth Services Book Review, 01/20/19

“Includes just enough information to get a child thinking.”
—SMS Nonfiction Book Reviews, 01/22/19

“This book does not disappoint. I loved their other book, Follow Your Money, and this one is even better.”
—Check Out My Book Rack, 08/21/19

“Eye-opening and thought-provoking.”
—Redeemed Reader, 12/31/19


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