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Follow Your Money

Who Gets It, Who Spends It, Where Does It Go?

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–7
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RI.4-5.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Reading Level: Lexile 900L
Hardcover : 9781554514816, 60 pages, February 2013 , 11.25" x 8.72"
Paperback : 9781554514809, 60 pages, February 2013 , 11.00" x 8.51"
Rights sold: Korean


What happens to your money after you hand it to the cashier?

You pay for that cool pair of shoes or a new CD. But what happens to that money once it leaves your hands? Who actually pockets it or puts it into the bank? This lively, kid-friendly book answers these questions and more:

• Why are designer jeans so much more expensive than no-name ones?
• Why does a burger cost $4.50 when the ingredients only cost $1.38?
• How do credit cards work?

Discover the trail your money takes as it goes to pay for everything including the raw materials used to make a product, the workers who produce it, and the advertisers who promote it.

Humorous illustrations demystify the process by providing a visual breakdown of all the elements involved in monetary transactions. Accessible and fun, Follow Your Money is a vital introduction to the way money flows.


  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Information Book Award, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada
  • Joint winner, Recommended Reads List, Canadian Toy Testing Council
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Book Award


“Insightful and easy to understand.”

- Professionally Speaking, 12/14

“Presents a unique approach to economics and money, hopefully enabling readers to be smarter consumers.” 

- School Library Journal, 12/13

“An interesting, informative and much-needed introduction to money plus savvy consumer advice for  . . . tweens and teens.”

- Exeter Times-Advocate, 11/14/13

“A very effective method of getting the reader to think about where things come from.”

- The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, 07/14

“This book is FANTASTIC! . . . A definite plus for a finance class but a solid addition to any library.”

- Novel Nutritious, 10/22/13

“Simply by explaining how a credit card works or why energy companies make a dollar on seemingly every transaction, readers will find themselves wondering about transparency and the ownership of natural resources.” 

- Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 05/13

“An eye-opening look at the route [money] follows.”

- Waterloo Region Record, 03/30/13

“Uses a multitude of engaging scenarios and calculations to determine the profit and hidden costs of common . . . goods.”

- Book Links, 09/13

“An appealing guide. Highly recommended.”

- Kristin Fontichiaro, Librarian, University of Michigan School of Information, 10/26/13

“Sylvester and Hlinka . . . have created a captivating series of chapters detailing why pizzas, mp3 players, cell phones and laptops cost what they do.”

- Canadian Teacher, 11/13

“Sylvester and Hlinka . . . have written a book about a very complex subject and made it accessible and entertaining.”

- Resource Links, 06/13

“Will make readers of any age think carefully. Highly recommended.”

- CM Reviews, 09/13

“The book provides young people with a good introduction to the way money flows.”

- Canadian Children’s Book News, 04/13