KidVenture Vol. 1: Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue

Author: Steve Searfoss
Genre: Middle-grade
ISBN: 978-1672411417
Pages: 125
Price: $14.99

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Chance really wants a midnight blue bike, but he doesn’t have the money to purchase it. His dad will give him some money to clean the pool each week, but at that rate, he won’t be able to buy the bike for a year. So he decides to create a pool cleaning business to see if he can earn enough money before the end of the summer.

Cleaning pools turns out to be the easy part of his new business venture. As the summer progresses, he learns about marketing, business partners, employees, equipment, price testing, and keeping track of profit and loss. Each chapter offers new insights into how businesses operate and how to make a profit.

While it may seem like a “how to run your own business” story would be boring, Chance is a fun character, and his interactions with his dad, sister, and best friend are enjoyable and amusing to read. Kids will naturally root for him to reach his goals so he can purchase his dream bike before summer ends. I highly recommend Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue.

Reviewer: Alice Berger