Title: Phineas L. MacGuire Blasts Off!
Author: Frances O'Roark Dowell
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Concepts: jobs, saving, wants and needs
Review: Scientist extraordinaire Phineas “Mac” MacGuire knew that nothing could stand between him and his reputation as the best scientist in fourth grade. Nothing, that is, until he heard about a fabulous sleep-away camp connected with NASA that focused on Mars exploration and simulation. The camp cost $799, and even worse, Mac’s mom insisted that he pay the full bill, plus the cost of a round-trip plane ticket. Coming up with that much money to attend Space Camp and develop his expertise in astronomy seemed as elusive a goal as actually flying to Mars.
Ever resourceful, Mac found some opportunities to work for pay, and he even went so far as to write an essay for a scholarship competition. Would it be enough to finance the trip?
With an endearing character like Phineas MacGuire at the helm and important lessons in economics about earning and saving money, this book has much to offer. Children starting to read full-length chapter books will undoubtedly appreciate the fast-moving plot, humor, and tips in conducting interesting scientific experiments.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children