Classic Detective Novels that Also Teach Economics
Striker Jones is a resourceful boy who can't help but be drawn into mysteries! Along with his friends Bill, Sheila, and Amy, Striker must use his wits to solve the many intriguing puzzles - and even crimes - that come his way. Unlike most boys, however, he draws upon his knowledge of basic economics to solve each mystery.
This funny, classic kids detective novel will teach your children economic concepts like incentives, risk, supply and demand, and trade-offs. But we promise - there's no jargon, only fun!
Named "Recommended Reading" by the Mamie Eisenhower Library Project, the Midwest Book Review calls Striker Jones a "fun and rollicking series" with "effortless teaching of both cooperation values and basic economics."
Teachers and homeschooling parents, read more at my Striker Jones educational page.
After an exciting year of solving mysteries, Striker and his friends are off to summer camp! But all is not as it seems throughout their summer adventure, and new puzzles continue to pile up. Someone is firing arrows in the dead of night. Two campers hide a mysterious past. And is it a friend or foe who sabotages the dance decorations?
This delightful and humorous sequel continues the adventures of Striker, Bill, Sheila, and Amy, with new characters joining the fun. Like the first Striker Jones novel, young readers will learn new economic concepts in each mystery, such as wants vs. needs, entrepreneurship, and investment.
A finalist in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards, the Midwest Book Review calls Striker Jones a "fun and rollicking series" with "effortless teaching of both cooperation values and basic economics."
Teachers and parents, read more at my Striker Jones educational page.
Because both Striker Jones novels teach economic concepts through mini-mysteries, I created two teacher's companions as a tool for educators to draw out the lessons more explicitly.
Each companion includes lesson plans, vocabulary, and standards alignment. They're being used in hundreds of classrooms around the country!
Visit my educational site for Striker Jones.