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KidVenture: Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue

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Chance Sterling launches a pool cleaning business over the summer. Join Chance as he looks for new customers, discovers how much to charge them, takes on a business partner, recruits an employee, deals with difficult clients, and figures out how to make a profit. He has twelve weeks to reach his goal. Will he make it? Only if he takes some chances.

KidVenture stories are business adventures where kids figure out how to market their company, understand risk, and negotiate. Each chapter ends with a challenge, including business decisions, ethical dilemmas and interpersonal conflict for young readers to wrestle with. As the story progresses, the characters track revenue, costs, profit margin, and other key metrics which are explained in simple, fun ways that tie into the story.

127 pages, Kindle Edition

Published November 27, 2020

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Steve Searfoss

3 books192 followers
I wrote my first KidVenture book after years of making up stories to teach my kids about business and economics. Whenever they'd ask how something works or why things were a certain way, I would say, "Let's pretend you have a business that sells..." and off we'd go. What would start as a simple hypothetical to explain a concept would become an adventure spanning several days as my kids would come back with new questions which would spawn more plot twists. Rather than give them quick answers, I tried to create cliffhangers to get them to really think through an idea and make the experience as interactive as possible.

I try to bring that same spirit of fun, curiosity and challenge to each KidVenture book. That’s why every chapter ends with a dilemma and a set of questions. KidVenture books are fun for kids to read alone, and even more fun to read together and discuss. There are plenty of books where kids learn about being doctors and astronauts and firefighters. There are hardly any where they learn what it’s like to run small business. KidVenture is different. The companies the kids start are modest and simple, but the themes are serious and important.

I’m an entrepreneur who has started a half dozen or so businesses and have had my share of failures. My dad was an entrepreneur and as a kid I used to love asking him about his business and learning the ins and outs of what to do and not do. Mistakes make the best stories — and the best lessons. I wanted to write a business book that was realistic, where you get to see the characters stumble and wander and reset, the way entrepreneurs do in real life. Unlike most books and movies where business is portrayed as easy, where all you need is one good idea and the desire to be successful, the characters in KidVenture find that every day brings new problems to solve.

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Profile Image for Erin.
1,641 reviews8 followers
October 27, 2021
As a homeschooling mom, I’m always looking for a good book for my kids to read. This book talks about money and responsibility for starters, but also so much more than that.

The main character wants a bike. He has to pay for it himself. And so begins the journey.

This is a great read. It’s a story problem with lots of opportunities for having chats with your children. There are great built-in teaching points and lots of good explanations. Plus it’s written to be fun and exciting while also being educational.

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
1,561 reviews20 followers
September 23, 2021

Ten year old Chance Sterling wants a brand new Midnight Blue bicycle but he doesn’t have to money. So with his dad’s help, Chance launches a pool cleaning business. And I love that this book not only teaches children to start a business, it also teaches every aspect to having a business. From making profits to spending money, and how to effectively run and grow a business to hiring help, and everything in between, this is the book every parent and child needs to read. I love that Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue teaches children of all ages how to make money for things they want. I did something similar with my son when he was growing up and it taught him where money comes from when he wanted to buy something. Not that parents don’t buy their children things, the issue here is teaching them responsibility. And author Steve Searfoss does an amazing job of doing this.

Parents, I highly recommend this book for you to purchase. You will be amazed at how much you and your child will learn from this one book. Five Stars is what I am giving this book. I hope you enjoy ax much as I did.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

March 30, 2022
12 Weeks To Midnight Blue by Steven Searfoss

Review by Natasha Lawrence

A story of a young boy who went from completing a chore for his father to creating his own little business in the hope of purchasing the magical Midnight Blue!

A fantastic book which covers some important lessons for youngsters such as money management, saving, work ethic, initiative, relationships and achieving your goals.

This book will encourage all the young entrepreneurs out there to aim high and aim for their goals however big or small!
To realise that time, hard work and a dream are all that’s required to achieve your goals!

This is the kind of book that I would have greatly benefited from as a youngster.

All in all a fantastic book and high I highly recommend!
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1,301 reviews1,791 followers
February 21, 2022
This is a really wonderful story about Chance who really wants a new bicycle and needs the money to buy it himself.  With his dad's help, he starts a pool cleaning business and learns what it takes to run a successful endeavor.  I love that the story explains each step he needs to take in order to make money.  He has to budget his expenses along with what he charges to make sure he is profitable.  This is something not a lot of books cover for middle graders.  It is so important to teach children the value of money and what it takes to earn and keep it.
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275 reviews2 followers
January 26, 2022
Do you have middle-grade children who can read chapter books, or do you enjoy family read-alouds? If so, KidVenture: Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue might be a great addition to your family's bookshelves! In this fun chapter book, readers get to know the story of Chance Sterling's summer. Chance sees a fantastic bike at a local sporting goods store that he names Midnight Blue for its vivid color. He doesn't have the cash to buy it, but his dad's offer to pay him to clean the family pool takes Chance on an exciting journey of entrepreneurship. Chance learns to: market his own services; learn the value of character; research what his services are worth; calculate a profit/loss statement; enter partnerships; and more.

The book tells an engaging story but also teaches these principles of starting and running a business. At the end of each chapter, there are questions for the reader related to these principles. There are also columns of the math calculations Chance has to work to learn if he will be able to earn what he needs to purchase Midnight Blue before the summer ends.

It's a great story that painlessly teaches entrepreneurship, with fun characters and important life lessons.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
5,541 reviews
January 25, 2022
I found KidVenture: Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue by Steve Searfoss to be a great book. It teaches kids some valuable lessons of how to keep a business going and the important lesson of how to manage money. Not only the younger readers could learn from this, but many adults could, as well. I liked following Chance and seeing how his pool cleaning company would prosper and seeing how he would take care of his expenses and profit. I admired his courage and his hard work in getting through all of the challenges he faces all through the story. It was fun and entertaining to read that put a smile on my face.

KidVenture: Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue includes some fun illustrations throughout the book. The pictures were a vivid and colorful addition to the story. They were a great visual to what the characters were doing in certain scenes.

KidVenture: Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue is getting a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for young readers who are between the ages of ten and fourteen. I look forward to reading more books like this from Steve Searfoss in the future and hope he will be releasing more KidVenture books soon. This one would be a great addition to a local or school library.

I received a copy of KidVenture: Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.
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Author 8 books119 followers
January 28, 2022
4.5 Stars

Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue by Steve Searfoss is a great book to hand to kids to teach them about money, work ethic, and math. It’s relatable to the age group, too.

As Chance Sterling considers all aspects of starting up his pool cleaning business, he learns some important lessons—about work, relationships, and doing the right thing. Chance’s goal is to earn enough money to buy a bike, but some bumps in the road along the way make him question whether he’ll get there at times.

This book makes math interesting for middle grade students who may struggle with the subject (or even those who enjoy the subject). It would also make an excellent addition to any home school or home library.

Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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881 reviews12 followers
April 18, 2021
This book is a wonderful teaching tool to hand to a child who is excited about a larger purchase. Whose purchase? Well, does this sound familiar? “Will you buy this for me?”

That’s when I could visualize a parent or guardian handing Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue to their child and discussing the story as it’s being read.

This book also would be a wonderful classroom aid since it felt like one large, interesting story problem. But one that kept growing and was full of wonderful examples of terms related to reaching a goal.

If you haven’t read the description, this is a story about Chance, a boy who wants a new bike. The problem is that he will only get it if he figures out a way to purchase it himself. As an example of how this story goes, Chance is earning money for cleaning the family pool. And like any growing “wage earner”, in time he decides it’s time to ask for a raise. He gives his dad the reasons why he’s going to charge more and the following conversation occurs:

My dad whistled his surprise. “So you’re doubling the price?” he challenged.

Again Chance gives the reasons and holds firm to the pay he wants.

His dad counters and offers to pay him $15, but Chance holds firm to the $20 he’s requesting. And then the next learning opportunity happens.

“I’ll do it for $10!” my sister suddenly interjected.

Suddenly Chance realizes that $15 is better than being out of a job. And surprisingly his dad agrees and they shake on it. But where does that leave the little sister who offered less to do the same job? She let’s her dad know she’s not too pleased with what just happened. Below is her dad’s response.

“Well, I already know he can do the job, and I’d rather stick with one vendor right now.”

And voila. The opportunity is opened up to talk about vendors.

I see this as a fun tool to be read together, since it opens up so many opportunities for discussions.

What Concerned Me
Thought it’s not a major concern,, it’s definitely something that bothered me. The formatting felt unusual and hard to read.

Final Thoughts
It was interesting, and had all the elements of a text book regarding starting and building a business, without the feel of presenting facts. Below are a few of the terms that are discussed:

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This is definitely a wonderful teaching aid. One that I highly recommend for teachers and those interesting in helping their children become more knowledgeable, and even excited about becoming a young entrepreneur.

My thanks to the author for a copy of this book and the ability to post a review free of any stipulations.
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861 reviews14 followers
July 7, 2021
Ten year old Chauncey Sterling, who is called “Chance,” lives with his father, mother, younger sister Addison (Addie), and baby brother. It is the beginning of the summer before Chance’s sixth grade year, and he wants to buy a midnight blue bicycle that costs $225.00. His dad tells him that he has to earn the money and offers to pay him $10.00 a week to clean their pool, but that’s not enough. Chance figures that he can make even more money by starting a business cleaning other people’s pools in the neighborhood too. Readers will join Chance as he looks for new customers, discovers how much to charge them, takes on a business partner (his sister Addie), recruits an employee (his best friend Amit), deals with difficult clients, and uses math to figure out how to make a profit.
With only twelve weeks to reach his goal, will Chance get the bike? Can he and Addie find enough customers to make it worthwhile? And how does the business affect his friendship with Amit? This book would make a great resource for a homeschool study of basic economics and especially of entrepreneurship to teach kids about business and economics in a fun, meaningful way and to inspire them to be entrepreneurs. There are not many books that explain to middle-grade children what business is about and help them to figure out how to market a company, understand risk, and negotiate. Each chapter ends with a challenge, including questions about business decisions, ethical dilemmas, and interpersonal conflict for young readers to wrestle with.
As the story, which expertly combines entertainment with education, progresses, the characters track revenue, costs, profit margin, and other key concepts which are explained in simple, fun ways that tie into the story without being overwhelming or overly simplistic. Chance runs into problems at every turn, facing adversity and setbacks in his business endeavors, but with his dad's advice, he learns about customer acquisition costs, profit margins, employee management, how to find vendors, calculating profit, conducting market research, and lots of math. Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue is identified as “KidVenture Vol. 1,” so one might assume that there will be others to follow. Kirkus Reviews called it “An entertaining, instructive novel about a kid-driven business.”
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Author 18 books38 followers
September 12, 2021
12 Weeks to Midnight is the perfect book for parents to give to their children to help them learn in a fun way about what all goes into running a business.

The story is entertaining and educational at the same time, which is exactly what a young person would like. The book is simply written but with a good, complex story. I would say this book is for children between the ages of 8 and 13.

The reader is shown how to start, run, and keep a business going through Chance Sterling’s journey to earn money enough to buy a new bike. The scenarios and hurdles Chance has to work through and climb over are lessons that even adults should keep in mind when trying to launch their own business.

“Why can’t I just keep all the money at the top?” Chance asks his dad one day when he realizes he will have to purchase some of the equipment he needs to keep his business running from the profit he’s already made.

“Because money doesn’t grow on trees,” his dad tells him.

Chance suggests that it grows in his dad’s wallet and that’s when his dad has to inform him that even parents have to work for what they have and purchase what they need from that money.

It’s a difficult lesson for young Chance, but one he, along with his younger sister Addie, has to learn to understand how to earn the money to buy what he wants. This book presents a stripped down lesson on economics at the basic level, including investments, earnings, expenses, and overall profit.

What I really liked about the book is that at the end of each chapter the author asks the reader what they would do if they were in the shoes of the character. It’s a great way to really help a young person think through not only Chance’s journey, but their own.

As a parent, I absolutely love books for children and pre-teens that has a message that can be delivered in a fun and non-preaching way, which is why I really enjoyed 12 Weeks to Midnight and highly recommend it for children and even for parents. Even parents could use a reminder about what it takes to run a business.

My rating 5 out of 5

I was given a complimentary copy of this book but all opinions are my own and I was not asked to give a positive review.
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305 reviews9 followers
September 15, 2021
I love children’s books. I love the illustrations and the stories in them. I have some favorites and this book is now one of my all-time favorites. This is a keeper and will stay on my library shelf. This book has all the elements I love in children's books. The illustrations are fun and capture your imagination. The content and characters in the story are amazing. I love the character traits, friendships, and life lessons taught.

Rascal the raccoon made a bad choice and the consequences aren’t good as he gets lost. He wandered away from home knowing it was a bad decision with the approaching storm. He thought if he just went a little further he would get home before the storm. Then he is hit by a whirlwind that takes him far from home. He is scared and lost now. He meets Jasper and Ollie who help him get home. If only Rascal could stay out of trouble and learn the importance of thinking ahead.
There are five books in the Bandana Acres. Each one teaches a lesson based on the book's character. I adore the map at the front of the book. The map has all the places of the animals in the series and the main locations in the book.

At the end of the book, it concludes with “What if questions”? This gets you thinking of the character Rascal his choices and the consequences of his actions. This is a nice way to have some meaningful conversations with your child.

This sweet story is intended for ages five through eight, the books are short chapter books. I think some older kids would love this story. The book is labeled as a beginning reader but I think kids who are more confident in reading will do better with reading this story. There is a glossary at the back of the book. I love the variety of vocabulary, the words are more colorful. There are words like ominous, wafted, excitement to just name a few.

Bandana Acres Rascal’s Trip by Kathy J. Perry shines and is a heartfelt story with a lesson to be taught. I highly recommend this sweet story.

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through Celebrate Lit Bloggers in exchange for my honest thoughts.
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408 reviews10 followers
January 18, 2022
Great Book to Introduce Entrepreneurship to Children. My daughters have occasionally considered starting random business ventures over the years--babysitting, pet sitting, dog walking, etc. I wish I had found a book like this one to read with them when they were younger! In reality--I may give it to my youngest teen for her "review" just to see if it inspires her to act on some of her business ideas! The author's writing style gives readers a lot to think about--and discuss with parents or adults--as they follow Chase's adventures in launching and operating his pool cleaning business. The book offers advice, tips, ideas, and extra things to think about as Chase encounters challenges, setbacks, and successes.

Readers will Enjoy Chase's Story. The author gives the main character a strong work ethic and moral character. As Chase faced obstacles and dilemmas--the author allowed him to address and solve them through--and learn from the outcomes. As a parent, it was nice to see children learning and using many real-world life skills in the day-to-day operation of the pool cleaning business. Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue is a fun, educational story parents will want to read with the kids. Life lessons are quickly learned, tempers and emotions stay in check, and everyone finds a happy ending.

Would I Recommend Kidventure: Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue by Steve Searfoss. I loved how the author introduced and explained the basic business and economic ideas to readers as part of the storyline. Readers learn along with the characters without really realizing they are learning. I am a huge fan of kid business ventures--especially over the summer months. Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue is a great series to add to your family's collection to inspire the kids to take on a venture of their own. I would recommend it for middle school-aged readers, but teens reading with younger siblings may learn a few things too!

I received a copy of this book for use in a blog review. All opinions are my own.
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Author 8 books87 followers
January 24, 2022

I received a complimentary copy of this book from iRead Book Tours. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

Whether you are opening a roadside lemon stand, mowing grass, babysitting, or embarking on a larger-scale business, your child should read KidVenture: Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue (Vol. 1) by Steve Searfoss.

When Steve Searfoss said, “Math is your friend,” he couldn’t have been more correct. In business, you need to understand key terms such as profit and loss, expenses, and venture capitalist. These words and many other words used in KidVenture: Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue (Vol. 1) would be perfect glossary and spelling words for a classroom setting.

Extended Activity: Have your students create a flyer like Addie did and present it to the class. Homeschool students can also partake in this activity!

Math lesson: Steve Searfoss offers various scenarios in which Chance can make more money by gaining more customers or increasing rates. He also discusses unexpected expenses. It’s broken down in a simple format. Extend the math lesson by importing your own prices and have the students solve the equations.

KidVenture: Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue (KidVenture Vol. 1) also offers numerous discussion questions at the end of each chapter. Example: “How could you get more leverage?” “Would you take on a new partner? Why?”

With all the possibilities for extended learning activities, I encourage ALL households and schools to add and use this book. It’s a great learning tool, plus the story is very entertaining. Even the illustrations are fantastic.

My score will be a 5, but I wish I could give it more. Outstanding job, Steve Searfoss.

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Author 3 books191 followers
March 22, 2022
Determination drives a fun, little tale, while the main goal, teaching basic business, glides along effortlessly and without a smidgen of boredom.

Chance's father pays him $10 a week to clean the pool, which works out great until Chance realizes he might need more money if he wants to buy the things he desires. With guidance from his father, he soon has a small business running and even hires employees of his own.

For any kids curious about earning money...or for adults wanting to teach basic business skills...this is a well-done and easy to understand read. Chance's desire to earn extra cash is very relatable, and the way he starts everything up is so natural that it could happen to anyone. This definitely takes a down-to-earth view on how kids can start up their own businesses, and I'm giving the author kudos for that. The relationship between the father and the kids is also healthy and inspiring. There's an obvious support coming from him and, yet, he leaves enough room for Chance to learn by experience. The book also includes visual calculations as Chance tries to figure out how much he's earning/spending, And there is a question or two at the end of each chapter, which encourages readers to consider what's happening and relate it to their own life and situation.

The book is recommended for ages 10 to 14, which works from the material end of things, since that is the age group where many start gaining serious interest in earning money and have the capability to completely understand the math and theories behind building a small business (but still think very basic). However, the writing didn't quite fit this age group and played to a slightly younger audience. As long as this book is seen as a way to teach kids basic business ideas and not as an entertaining read, this isn't a problem, though. It is a fun way to bring across the information and makes it very relatable for the reader.

This one would also work well for classroom and homeschooling situations. I received a complimentary copy and found this well done on the business front.
Author 1 book57 followers
March 18, 2021
Ten-year-old Chance Sterling has his heart set on a brand new, midnight blue bike. However, he needs to come up with the money to pay for it himself. Chance’s dad pays him ten dollars every week for cleaning their pool, but at that rate it will take Chance over five months to reach his goal. Because Chance wants the bike by the time school starts, he has to find a way to make some more money—and fast. He begins to investigate the world of business and, with the help of his supportive family and friends, puts his new knowledge to the test.

Though it is rare for a kid to start a business, Chance’s story proves that it is possible. Accessibly written, newly confident middle grade readers will find Chance’s story both easy to follow and inspirational. Running a business requires math skills, interpersonal skills, and a large amount of grit in order to be successful. Through kid-friendly examples, readers increase their own business acumen by observing Chance’s story.

This book is set in a suburban neighborhood where enough of the homes have pools for Chance’s new business to thrive. His supportive parents, sister, and friends give him the encouragement he needs when challenges arise, and Chance learns and grows from the mistakes he makes. Reflection and repetition keep readers focused and helps solidify the business teachings contained within the story.

Visual aids like charts, ledgers, and illustrations pepper the narrative and anchor the many mathematical references within the book. Critical thinking questions at the end of each chapter encourage deeper reflection about the story, as well. The writing is well suited to a younger middle grade audience, and readers with an interest in business will come away from this book with a stronger understanding of the many complexities inherent to it. The first in a series, this interactive story will encourage readers to develop their own entrepreneurial spirit as they look forward to Chance’s next KidVenture.
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316 reviews4 followers
January 7, 2022

Entrepreneur and author Steve Searfoss shares his experience with young readers through his latest book KidVenture: Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue. Mr. Searfoss introduces basic business concepts to readers in an easy-to-understand way. I wish this book was available when I was a kid, but it was still an entertaining and humorous read in my twenties.

I enjoyed how the book was structured, and the thought-provoking questions featured at the end of each section. The length is such that readers can work through a single concept or set of related concepts at a time. The questions provided would serve as a good starting point for those who are reading this with their children and expecting discussions. As a visual learner, I also appreciated the visuals of Chance’s business worksheets that were included in the read.

Altogether, KidVenture: Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue is an innovative and informative children’s book. I would recommend it to those looking for a children’s book on entrepreneurship that is both educational and entertaining. Despite the book being aimed at children, I think readers of all ages will get something out of reading this book. I look forward to sharing this and future KidVenture books with young readers in my life.

Thank you to the author and Lola’s Blog Tours for my complimentary review copy of the book. I appreciate the opportunity immensely! Please note - I voluntarily read and reviewed KidVenture: Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue. All opinions expressed in the review are my own and not influenced in any way.
April 9, 2021
The synopsis of this book tells you much of what this book might be about. However, I think I can tell you what this book seemed like to a “grown-up”. One like me I suppose. I think this is reading for a 10- to 14-year-old depending on their reading skills. Although there is a theme of learning to manage and understand money, there is also a story here. Making it flow. Making it read like a story about a boy and his family and friends. This is not a textbook. It might accomplish more than a textbook, but it doesn’t have that somewhat dry academic type of flow. The POV is always from Chance, the kid who wants a new bike and wants to find a way to buy it. I think this kid’s perspective is what it needs to hold the attention of middle grade or young YA readers.

While this is well-written and easy to read, there is something it accomplishes much more than merely learning about money, or math, or business. It provides numerous opportunities for conversation between parents and children. Short sentences like “What would you do?” “What would be the benefits?” leave open doors for discussion. What is a short 128 page book, can be shaped in many ways.

No wonder Steve Searfoss is such a successful entrepreneur. It takes the ability to communicate on many subjects to many ages, and he seems to be able to do so. I hope more KidVenture books are forthcoming.
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607 reviews
September 22, 2021
While I am not in the target demographic, I do think that Twelve Weeks t Midnight Blue is a good book for kids to reach them the basics of starting their own business and the different decisions they will have to make such as taking risks, having expenses, etc. It also gets kids to think about what they do if they were in similar situations to Chance.

I liked the narrative that the author chose to use to teach the kids the basics about business. I also appreciated that there are illustrations that show the different calculations that Chance has to do for the different principles he is learning about. I also liked the questions at the end of each chapter to make what Chance was learning more personal to them, as well as to get kids thinking about the different principles and ideas.

However, I was not a huge fan of the characters. They were kind of one-dimensional. Also, I really did not like Chance’s dad, I get that he was trying to teach his kids about business and economics, but there were times he was too hard on them, and it just made him unlikable.

Overall though it was a good book and I am interested to see what happens in the next volume of this series and what new business practices/lessons Chance learns.

*I recieved a copy of the book from the author and Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review.
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910 reviews61 followers
December 2, 2021
Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue tells the story of Chase Sterling, a 10-year-old boy who is taught to raise his own money to buy a bike (Midnight Blue) that he wants. This book has a bit of a nostalgic flair to it, I suppose because it brought me back to my childhood when my brother and I sold greeting cards door-to-door to earn summer money. (It was safer to do so back in my day.)

When I’m reading any non-fiction, fiction, adult, or children’s book, I like to learn something new. Whether it’s learning about the world, history, or even myself. This book is a wonderful learning experience for young people like Chase. It teaches about money, math, building character, and what it takes to start and run a business, but it does so in a fun storybook tale.

Pros: An entertaining story and great learning experience.

Cons: Some of the descriptions and dialogue include too much description or detail for my taste.

Overall: I enjoyed how the author incorporates the elements of entrepreneurship into the story, showing the benefits of responsibility, teamwork, negotiations, problem-solving, and more. I can see it being an entertaining learning experience for young readers and their parents and will most certainly become a spark of inspiration.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. My review was not influenced.
1,430 reviews
September 18, 2021
When a boy desires a brand new bike, his father assists him in learning the value of a dollar by giving him the opportunity to clean the family pool. With illustrations showing calculations and more, the author creates a worthwhile story that demonstrates how Chance and his sister form a partnership to clean pools that capitalizes on their strengths.

Each chapter concludes with challenge questions designed to make the reader think. I feel this book does an excellent job of explaining entrepreneurship and economics. I also appreciate how the author allows the readers to explore the thoughts of Chance and his sister as well as providing illustrations of those thoughts along with any calculations. The cooperation between Chance and his sister provides an excellent character-building activity for the reader.

I also appreciate how Chance’s father requires him to work for the bike rather than just giving him the money. I also enjoyed getting to know Chance’s clients as well as his friend Amit. It shows how we all make mistakes, but how we handle them makes a huge difference.

As a parent of four children, I wish this book existed when our children were younger. I definitely would have selected this book for them to read. I love the idea of children learning how to start a business because it helps them develop skills they can benefit from in the future. So if you have children or know of a young person who could benefit from this type of book, check it out for yourself.
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693 reviews13 followers
February 7, 2022
The teacher in me really appreciates so many aspects of this book! It's an entertaining story that I think kids can relate to. I mean, everyone wants to try to earn money, right? And Chance has to work at figuring out how much money he needs for his prized bike and then how to make his business happen. His father isn't just handing him the money, nor is he handing him the answers to questions. "You can figure it out." I am a firm believer in guiding toward answers and not just giving them. You'll raise better critical thinkers that way.

And does Chance always get his way? No. Is it a super easy ride for him? Of course not. He's going to make a few mistakes. But being allowed to make mistakes actually allows for better learning experiences in the future.

I also like that at the end of each chapter, there are questions for readers to ponder. They can do so on their own, in their head or maybe in a journal. But these also make for some great discussion questions should this book be read with multiple kids at home or in a group setting at school. Lots of possibilities here.

Now I'm curious about other books in the series!

Thank you to the author and Goddess Fish for providing me with a requested review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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127 reviews3 followers
September 8, 2021
The book is great for parents who are wanting to parent with intentionality, and this one is all about character building! The story is about a 10 year old boy who really would love to have a brand new midnight blue bike, but it costs $220 and he needs to pay for it himself. So he needs to figure out how to make some money. A lot of people in his neighborhood have pools, so he learns from his dad some business strategies. Business isn’t everything you’d expect, so the boy learns about also about expenses and budgeting. I loved how this book introduces children to aspects of business that they normally wouldn’t think of, and at the end of each chapters there are critical thinking questions that get children thinking about how they can make a business of their own. This book teaches children in a way that they’ll understand, and inspires them to do it with skills they already have. I think this book is not only a great read for children, but also adults who are wanting to become etrepreneurs.

I highly recommend this book.

This review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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2,581 reviews71 followers
September 9, 2021
This is a great book for kids wanting to learn about starting a business. I loved the illustrations in the book and how each one helped you visualize the story better. Chance is a real go getter and wants a new bike. When he decides he will earn the money he starts his own pool cleaning service. I remember when I was younger I would help my brother with his paper route. It was hard work rolling up the papers each day. My brother quickly found out how hard it was to do the job.

Chance is very good at math and I was impressed with the daily tally he did . When he brings his sister into the business, they work very well together.The story is a great tool for kids to learn about starting a job, figuring out to make a profit and getting new customers. Chance and Addie learn that keeping your word is very important when running a business. They do run into a few problems, but work them out and grow from their mistakes. The key to the story is being honest, working hard and relying on your parents for guidance.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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1,568 reviews28 followers
September 13, 2021
Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue is written by Steve Searfoss. This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I will be checking out his other titles. I read this with my 8 and 10 year old son. I would recommend this book for 8-13 year olds. This book aligned with what I am currently teaching my sons, the value of hard work.

Chance wants to buy a really nice bike. Chance is 10 years old. He starts a pool cleaning business in order to get the necessary funds to get the bike. He has the help of his dad to market, manage the books and other business tasks. He has twelve weeks to earn his bike.

At the end of each chapter the author has inserted a challenge. It opened up great discussion between my sons and I. The boys brainstormed some ideas on how to make some extra spending money. My 10 year old was hired by his 20 year old sister to clean her guinea pig cages and made $15. I will definitely be watching out for more books by the is author, I think it gives great ideas and discussions.

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, all thoughts are my own.

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Author 6 books118 followers
September 14, 2021
It's the bike to end all bikes! Only, he has to EARN the funds for it. One shiny Midnight Blue colored bike, all for Chance, if he can get $225.00. The catch, he only has twelve short weeks to make it happen. So this kid is now very, very motivated. Much like some things from my childhood; he has to raise, find, work, earn the money for this bike. Can he do that in time? How much help will Chance need? What about his friend and how this will change his "free" time or friendships?

This awesome story has key business concepts that many young adults don't even seem to understand, and it's all interwoven into this story. ROI, funding, sourcing, what sells, what doesn't sell, what's worth doing, what's not, and so much more! This is a fantastic teaching tool for small business start ups, for kids and possibly a few people who aren't kids. I loved this book. It's funny! It's real, and it's educational. It's a series I intend to read.

Thanks to Celebrate Lit for my digital copy of this book. This review contains my thoughts and options of this book. A positive review is never required.
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Author 5 books39 followers
November 22, 2021
What boy doens't have that new item they really want? And how often do they reach the age where instead of hearing, "Maybe at Christmas," they hear "Save your money." Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue is the adventure of Chance Sterling opening a buisness cleaning pools in order to raise enough money for a new bike.
The story itself is fun as he knocks on doors, makes flyers with his sisters, and hires a friend who may or may not be a top notch employee. My favorite parts were certainly the times he speaks with his dad, who offers him "banana consulting (pro bono). The book also introduces great concepts to kids like "vendors" and "marketing."
There is a flood of books on the market today where the protagonist has to have a blended or broken home, there must be some sort of world-ending stakes, or there must be trauma in the background. This book presents parents actively involved with their kids, teachable moments, silliness, and a good story. I also love the questions at the end of each chapter. As a teacher, I could see using this in a classroom. Overall, one of my favorite reads for 2021.
171 reviews6 followers
April 5, 2021
Fun read

This book was so great! A kid I nanny for is getting to that age where he’s too young to get a real job but old enough where he’s starting to want his own money to buy his own things. I am always looking for new ways to entertain him and reading books is something we do together so this is so great and perfect. The main boy in the story, Chance reminded me so much of my kid anyway so he could resonate a lot with the story. Chance has a business with his dad cleaning pools and learns about the cost of having to save up for the things he wants. He learns about budgeting and negotiating and balancing his money and spending as well. It’s the perfect lesson for many kids around his age to learn how to get started with earning money doing various different type of jobs. The book is also not super preachy it’s more of a “follow me” adventure type story. We both were super curious to see where Chance would end up with his business. I really enjoyed reading this with my kid and I’m happy that we had some educational time together as well. Highly recommended!
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914 reviews
April 21, 2021
What begins as a weekend pool cleaning chore for his dad, becomes a full-fledged business for Chance Sterling after he sets his eyes on a stunning bike. With twelve weeks of summer holidays, Chance doesn’t have much time to save unless he braces himself and takes some chances.

Chance and Addie are likable and spunky, and the unexpected developments feel both dreamy and heartwarming, as the siblings’ startup becomes a solid business. The sprightly grayscale illustrations, filled with invention and wit, compliment the story while the accompanied charts and tables explaining business terms such as revenue, costs, profit margin, and other key metrics add to both accessibility and authenticity. The challenging questions at the end of each chapter will inspire young readers to think outside the box while encouraging them to be creative and come up with new ideas.

This is a business book, but the meaningful message of hard work, steadfastness, and perseverance lies at its heart.

Delightful and insightful, the book deserves to be on all school library shelves.
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966 reviews24 followers
September 9, 2021
To be honest, when I first started reading this I was expecting a dry book that taught kids something but wouldn’t really interest them. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Steve Searfoss writes an engaging story that draws kids and while teaching them how to start a business of their own. He also teaches the importance of math in Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue.
Chance comes up with an idea for a business with a goal of earning enough money to buy the Midnight Blue bike in just twelve weeks. He learns about partnerships, employees, leverage, investments, and more as he works toward his goal. I hope Steve Searfoss has more books planned.
I recommend Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue for any k-12 Christian school library. It is appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students. I can see it being used as part of an entrepreneur class for this age group. It would also be a great book to recommend to an older child who wants to know how to earn some money this summer.
I received a complimentary copy of Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue. This is my honest review.
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Author 3 books317 followers
January 2, 2022
Kids can start a business. Yes, they can! This is the story of how KidVenture got started.

It all began when a 10-year-old Chance wanted this bike—a midnight blue one. He was already getting paid $10 a week by his dad to clean their pool. How long would it take him to buy the bike? He really wanted to have it by the end of summer. In an effort to buy the bike, he starts his own pool-cleaning service. His goal was twelve weeks to midnight blue.

Enjoyed the story. I especially liked the questions it posed so that you could think about what you would do and how you can apply it to your own venture. Is there an easier way to find customers? Is it a good idea to ask for more money? Should you hire someone and cut your profit margins?

The business mode aspect really makes you think as it emphasizes the basic principles of business and the art of selling.

A good story and a great way to teach the value of money and the power of earning. Anyone can learn from this book. Highly recommended.
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