The Adventures of the Money Mavens: Money Talks

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AForEffort, LLC, 2018 - Juvenile Fiction - 68 pages

The Adventures of the Money Mavens is a series of exciting stories and interactive learning activities that educates and enlightens children and adolescents about financial literacy and money management. Pig E. Banks and his crew of Money Mavens go through this adventure called life in Money, Mississippi, attempting to learn and grow their best practices for financial responsibility. Each character has his or her own quirks and mishaps as they each work to figure out how money works and with your help, they can make great financial decisions! We include some awesome activities for all friends and family members & we are excited to help you become a Money Maven! Follow the characters through this Adventure; we promise you won't want to put the books down!

(English and Spanish translations inside!)

Las Aventuras de los Money Mavens es una serie de historias emocionantes y actividades interactivas que educa e ilumina a jóvenes de todas edades sobre alfabetización financiera y administración del dinero. Pig Ebanks y su equipo de Money Mavens pasan por esta aventura llamada vida en Money, Mississippi, intentando aprender las mejores prácticas para la responsabilidad financiera y el emprendimiento. Cada personaje tiene sus peculiaridades y contratiempos únicos, ya que cada uno trabaja para descubrir cómo funciona el dinero y con su ayuda, tambíen cómo tomar buenas decisiones financieras. Cada historia celebra temas de diversidad e inclusión, como se aplica a raza, género, estructura familiar, capacidad y estatus socioeconómico para mostrar la belleza de lo que significa ser diferente. Cada libro incluye algunas actividades increíbles para que todos los amigos y familiares completen juntos, agregando más diversión en su camino hacia la libertad financiera. ¡Estamos emocionados de hacerte un Money Maven! Sigue a los personajes a través de toda esta aventura, ¡con otros libros próximamente! ¡Prometemos que no querrás dejar los libros!
(¡Traducciones Inglesas y Españoles adentro!)

AForEffort, LLC is the proud parent of the Adventures of the Money Mavenscoloring and comic book series. Thank you for your support!

AForEffort, LLC es la orgullosa organizacion matriz de la serie de libros de colorear y comicos Aventuras de los Money Mavens. ¡Gracias por su apoyo!

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About the author (2018)

Kiara McClendon worked to bring her vision of a fun and educational way to empower young people on financial freedom to life with the Adventures of Money MavensTM series. Born and raised in New Jersey, Kiara grew up the oldest child in a blended family. An independent young woman who had (and still has) dreams of changing the world, she set out to make a difference, celebrate diversity, and empower others to believe in themselves and the value of knowledge. She credits much of her passion for academic excellence to her fifth grade math and history teacher, Mr. Elder. It was in his class that she learned the basics of money management and was taught to never put limits on her capabilities, only on her credit cards. Her grandparents modeled great financial discipline and always taught her to save a little change for a rainy day, a simple habit that she realized many people have never developed. She went on to graduate with her bachelors and two Master's degrees in Communications and Sport Leadership before her 24th birthday. While in college, she explored her passion for the music & entertainment business and the world of sport, and realized a common theme: she wanted to use her platform to empower and uplift others. A firm believer that YOU are your only limit, she works closely with student-athletes to support their success in the classroom, in their sports, and in life. Kiara hopes this book series will be inspirational to other young dreamers, and compel them to use their platforms for good, to empower others & encourage others to believe in themselves, to never give up on their dreams regardless of the critics, and to realize that true wealth begins in your mind. She is the founder and CEO of AForE ort, LLC.

Troy, the Artist known as John Koldstitch, was raised in Columbus, OH surrounded by the rich African American heritage of the Mount Vernon Plaza community. He and his older sister Sharmaine were raised in a single parent household led by their mother, Neeka. His love for Art began at the age of 8 when he saw his sister doodling fashion ideas on paper and coloring in a very unique style in her coloring book. His older sister was his role model and he wanted to be creative just like her. He began coloring in the same style and drawing the exact fashion figures she drew, and his sister hated that he copied everything she did. Working to find his own style, he began drawing action figures in the same style as she drew her fashion figures. His desire to color and draw intensified and grew into one of his favorite hobbies. One day while in his 4th grade Art class, he was sitting at a table with four classmates drawing and coloring any landscape of our choice. He was finishing his picture and only needed to color the sky but all the blue crayons were being used. Unwilling to sit and wait, he randomly grabbed a fuschia (hot pink) crayon and began coloring the sky pink. His classmates laughed, picked fun, and critiqued him, stating "The sky is not pink, It's blue." He felt humiliated and immediately stopped coloring. The teacher approached the table, placed her hands on my shoulder, silenced the entire class and began instructing that art has no rules and is whatever you make it. "There are no limitations to your artwork, and you can express how you view your world with ANY colors you choose to represent it..." As she looked down at him with her hands still resting on my shoulders, she made her final statement. "So TROY, you can color your sky pink or any other color you want to, and never let anyone tell you what colors you can or cannot use in YOUR artwork. Do whatever you want." It was at this moment that Art became his voice, his passion, his Love, and thus evolved into a Lifestyle. Art is not what Troy does, Art is what Troy is

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