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Pocket Change
Pitching In for a Better World
By (author): Michelle Mulder
9781459809666 Hardcover, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Business & Economics Sep 13, 2016
$19.95 CAD
Active 8 x 9.5 x 0.5 in | 460 gr 48 pages full color images FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
Green Earth Book Award 2017, Commended CCBC Best Books starred selection 2017, Commended Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award 2018, Short-listed Junior Library Guild Selection 2016, Commended
Be part of creating a whole new concept of wealth.

Until a few hundred years ago, people were embarrassed to buy bread in a store. Families took pride in making almost everything they owned. These days, many people take pride in buying as much as possible! New clothes, a speedier bicycle, the latest phone. If we've got money, someone can sell us a product that will supposedly make our lives better. But each year, humanity uses resources equivalent to nearly one and a half Earths, and we're still not meeting everyone's needs. Around the world, people are questioning consumerism, leaning toward more sustainable lifestyles and creating a whole new concept of wealth. What if you could meet all your needs while getting to know your neighbors and protecting the environment at the same time? Find out how growing a tiny cabbage can fight poverty, how a few dollars can help ten families start their own businesses and how running errands for a neighbor can help you learn to become a bike mechanic—for free!

Michelle Mulder is the founding author of and has written six other titles in the Footprints series—Pedal It!, Brilliant!, Every Last Drop, Trash Talk, Pocket Change and Going Wild. Michelle has also written the novels The Vegetable Museum, Not a Chance, Out of the Box, After Peaches and several other books for young people. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit

"Its important message makes it a solid addition for group debates on social and environmental change." - School Library Journal

"Ambitious in scope and mission...valuable in its illustration of alternative models of commerce." - Kirkus Reviews

"An important and accessible book for growing communities." - Booklist

"The language is simple enough for younger readers to understand without oversimplifying the topics. Parents and other adult readers will probably be able to learn something new from this book too! The book also presents readers with activities that they can do and organizations that they can learn more about, allowing kids to help solve some of the problems mentioned in this book. Overall, Pocket Change is a surprisingly radical book which encourages kids to question why we live the way that we do, and empowers them to make a difference!" - Resource Links

"Timely and engaging." - Canadian Children's Book News

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Pedal It! Michelle Mulder 9781459812154 $12.95 CAD Feb 09, 2016
Trash Talk Michelle Mulder 9781459806924 $19.95 CAD Apr 01, 2015
Every Last Drop Michelle Mulder 9781459802230 $19.95 CAD Apr 01, 2014


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