Money Hungry

Money Hungry

by Sharon G. Flake


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Thirteen-year-old Raspberry Hill is starved for money. She will do just about anything legal to get her hands on the almighty dollar--wash cars, sell rotten candy, skip lunch, clean houses. She is obsessed. She is driven. She is afraid. Memories of being homeless, sleeping in the streets, and eating handouts keep Raspberry's eye on the only prize that matters to her: cold, hard cash. When the green stuff greases her palm, she gets comfort from feeling its crinkly paper power. And, when money is your best friend, there's more to do than hold it. Raspberry kisses her cash. She smells it. She loves it.

But even money can't answer the questions that keep Raspberry awake at night. Will she and Momma ever move out of the projects? What did Ja'nae do with the two hundred bucks Raspberry loaned her? And what's really going on with Momma and that rich doctor?

A haunting story of greed and forgiveness by the award-winning author of The Skin I'm In, this unforgettable novel will keep you glued to every page. Bank on it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781368019422
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 62,822
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Sharon G. Flake has an international reputation as a top author for children and young adults. Her breakout novel, The Skin I'm In, established her as a must-read author among middle and high school students, parents, and educators. She has spoken to more than two hundred thousand young people, and hugged nearly as many. Flake has penned nine novels, numerous short stories, plays, and a picture book entitled You Are Not a Cat. Her work has received numerous awards, such as the Coretta Scott King Honor award and the YWCA Racial Justice Award, and her books have been named to many prestigious lists, including Kirkus Review's Top Ten Books of the Year, Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, Top Ten Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library, Top Twenty Recommended Books to Read by the Texas Library Association, 100 Books Every Teenage Girl Should Read, and Booklist Editor's Choice, among others. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, go to, or follow her on Twitter @sharonflake.

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Money Hungry 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
JazminLeya More than 1 year ago
I read Money Hungry by Sharon G. Flake and I loved it. I picked this book because I thought it was going to be about someone that always wants to get money. At the beginning it was, but I noticed as I read on that it was more about family situations. My favorite character was Raspberry, which is also the main character. She goes through the roughest times. That and her mom think she steals because of how much money she made. My least favorite character was Raspberry's mom because she was always mean to her. And she tried to get a boyfriend just right after her husband left her. This made Rasberry really sad/mad at her mom. All together I liked this book. It was filled with amazing details and one awesome story. Also, it's filled with real life experiences. And lastly I strongly recommend this book. - Jazmin :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book like 3 times and never got tired of it. I recommemd this book to everyone.Great Reading!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good book. Its very interesting towards the middle end part
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book soooo many times, and each time I read it, i act like I dont know what is going to happen. Thats how good this book is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book along with begging for change is very touching in a way where she blends family issues and money issues into 2 books this book is amazing you will not regret buying it ~NylaJ.~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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victoria_adekunle More than 1 year ago
Wow I must say that Money Hungry is one amazing story. The words seem to jump off the pages and put me in another world. I feel as if I'm watching a movie because the words are so descriptive. I always had to pace myself so that I wouldn't get to ahead of my classmates. This story is about a girl named Raspberry Hill who will do just about anything to make money. She wouldn't go that far to make money. Raspberry lives in one of the poor neighborhoods and when I say poor I mean that she is living in the projects. Sorry to tell you this, but I have a "Spoiler Alert" Ja'Nae(one of Raspberry"s friends) asks Raspberry for two hundred dollars! Raspberry is like WHAT? However in the end Raspberry stills gives Ja'Nae the money. She then tells her that she better pay her back. So a few days later they are cleaning houses and after they get their money Raspberry says pay up. Ja'Nae says no. Raspberry then steals the money and keeps on running. She ends up giving back the money. Every time Raspberry and her mother walk out of their apartment they smell urine. They already knew who did it, Check and Shoe. Raspberry's mom is always out with this rich doctor now and Raspberry doesn't like it at all. The worst part about it is that the doctor is her best friend's dad. I would most definitely recommend this book to other teenagers my age. The only flaw of this book is that it doesn't have any challenging words.
3240 More than 1 year ago
thirteen year old raspberry loves money do anything legal to get the almightly dollar and its only one thing that mean alot to her cold hard cash as soon as you can read good read this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never thought I can be so interested in a book, especially not a book like this one. I mean, the only books I really am attached to and actually read are suspenseful, scary books, but this one was so different. I love a book with accurate detail and with a fantastic conflict and when I began reading "Money Hungary" I was surprised how the conflict already starts in the beginning of the book. This is a book that you can never find and a book that is so hard to stop reading. It captivated me through out the book and help me visualize,in detail, what was always going on. Every other book is usually an OK for me, but this book was more then OK, it was great! The author named Sharon G Flake created an amazing inspirational book called Money Hungary in where the main character Raspberry and her mother are in a situation that can change their whole life. What she doesn't know is that her choices and her greed will bring her to unexpected surprises during her journey in forgetting a time in her life that has marked her for a long time. Raspberry is a thirteen year old girl with a haunting past who lives with her mother in a neighborhood that can effect their life drastically. Raspberry is a normal teenager, looks like a normal teenager and attends school like a normal teenager, but what no one knows is that she makes a living out of selling pencils, rotten candy, cleaning houses and washing cars. Her life might look like its normal, but in reality she has many economical problems and a nightmare that keeps scaring her, to the point of loving and enjoying the smell of money. Through out the book she struggles to survive and show her friends that she really is normal. She notices that maybe her friends aren't really who she thought they were. After the back stabbing , the fights and the lieing to each other, they still stay close. Together they work hard to get money and repay the money they owe, but notice that the elderly don't pay what they say. This causing more friendship break ups and much more surprises. Not only does money create friendship problems and family problems, but the actions of Raspberries has changed incredibly, finding it difficult for her to be trusted. Jainae' has been hiding some thing form her grandfather, but the secret will be let out, after she receives a visit, in where she has been waiting for a long time. Making the rumors and lies about her and Ming change. Raspberries easy fast plan to get money has impacted every one. Even the hatred between a family and the disgust of even their own culture. The problems don't end there because when she thought every thing can be alright, she was wrong. By her mothers actions and her decisions has created Raspberries night mare to come true and the return of an event that she never forgot. Not only is there problems in Raspberries life, but her mom has found some one who she thinks she wants to spend her life with. Is it love? Will her mothers romance impact not only Raspberries future, but the risk of losing one of her best friends, because of the certain connection between her and Dr. Mitchell? This is a fantastic book that teaches every one an important lesson. Excepting and being proud of what you have now because many other people have nothing. Its a story that can make you cry and really think about it. Thats why I really enjoyed this book and I know you will too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you ever been in need of money? have you ever needed money so bad you would do anything to get it? the book Money Hungry is story about a poverty stricken girl Rasberry hill whos never had nice things through out her life. she hustles anything to get money in hopes that one day she will save up enough cash to get up out the hood. living in the projects is a luxary to where she used to live in a broken down van with her mom. she hustles everyday to have "fat pockets" from old choclate shaped hearts to pencils to anything she can make a profit from. her money hungry ways get her in trouble with her peers and the schools administration along the way she learns to seperate her friends from family. i really enjoyed this book because it was something i could relate to. growing up i never had money like my peers and nothing ever came easy i had to hustle as well and "get money by any means" was my motto growing up. my story is very similar to Rasberrys i went thru the same struggles with friends and family and the law. i really loved this story its very inspirational it brought upon feelings with in myself that i have never felt before. i recommend this book to all ages old or young.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you ever ''Money Hungry?'' well, your not the only one. This bok is a story about a thirteen year old girl named Rasberry Hill who lives in poverty. I like this book because it talks about evnts that happen in real life and what it's really like to hustle to keep your family safe. Rasberry Hill lives in the projets after previously living in a broken down van in a junkyard. Her biggest fear is to be kicked out of their apartment and forced to live on the street like they had before. When Rasberry still begins to sell things and to stuff for money to keep her family safe, she gets into trouble along the way and begins to seperate from her friends anf family. Her best friends dad on the other hand, starts dating Rasberry's mom! Rasberry will do almost anything for money like selling pencil's at school, selling old candy, cleaning houses and much more just so she won't have to face the fear she hates the most. I really enjoyed reading this book and i reccomend it to anyone who loves a little bit of everything in a book! including drama, love, laughing, and a book that will keep you on the edge of you seat and reading for hours!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book Money Hungry by Sharon G. Flake and I really enjoyed it. I recommend this book to everyone. It is a story about the life of a 13-year-old girl Raspberry Hill that¿s lives in poverty. I really like this book because it is a fiction book but it talks about what it is really like to live in poverty. Raspberry Hill is a young girl living in the ghetto and her worst fear is that her and her mother will be kicked out of their apartment and will be forced to live on the streets. She will do almost anything for money like selling old candy, cleaning other people¿s houses, and washing cars just so she won¿t have to live on the streets. She is always thinking of ways to make money. She is truly Money Hungry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book about a mother and daughter struggling to move on since Rasberry's(the daughter's) father has left them for drugs. Rasberry hustles at school because of living in vans and alleys. She doesn't want to go back. She works her hardest selling erasers, pencils, and everything else she can think of.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got finished reading this book and it was really good. It teaches young adults life lessons and I like how it was not covercoated to make us think life is always how we choose for it to end up. It teaches real life lessons that someone you may know has went through or even yourself. I am now going to read the sequel to the book which is called Begging For Change.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the book 'money hugry'by Sharon G.Flake becuase there alot of people with the situation like Rasberry the suffer alot because she did not have enoght money and live in the street.Rasberry dad used beat up her mom and ended in the hospital.Her dad left them alone wondering in the street and living an old van with broken windows throught the summer.Rasberry mom look for a desend job a rent a complex aparment to live.Rasberry is try to make money to buy her own stuff aqnd want to ask mom for money.He want to help mom so they won't end up in the street like before.she trying to sell valetine candy from last year and trying to make money and some kids said they got sick with those candy and the pricipal took away the candy and the send to his office to call her mom for selling candy on school hours and she was send home with a note saying the if she caught one more time she would be supended from school.They try to sale valentine heart pencil to the stundent in school.Also make money buy cleaning the old people house and earn a little more to help to buy stuff fro them self.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometims you want to just be there to change her whole life Money Hungry change my life I love to read now
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is so about me. My mother all was tell me that I am MONEY HUNGRY, I know it because of this book and begging for change. I have been doing good because of these books. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS SO THAT PEOPLE LIKE ME CAN WORK ON NOT BEING SO MONEY HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wyostitcher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Money Hungry gives students who have never lived in the projects an opportunity to feel how a young woman their age feels about the lack of money and a continuing threat of becoming homeless again. In our area many of the students come from homes where they get everything they want and do not have to work for anything. If placed in the situation that Raspberry was living many of these students would have a hard time acclimating to their new world. I like how the author draws you into Raspberry¿s obsession with having money in a world where not all inhabitants have equal money sources. Multicultural literature is wonderful ways for our students to see how other young adults live and how their struggles are different. Raspberry is probably not the typical child in the projects because she wanted to work for money to make for a better world for her and her mother. This is a contrast for most people living in the projects. I think the greatest lesson students should take away if one is money hungry is hiding your money in better places so you do not get ripped off. I think Raspberry and her Momma should have gotten together about the money earlier and put the money in the bank, but then there would not have been a lesson to learn: Blood is more constant than money and is never lost.
eileenoneill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Regina says this is a good book. It is about a girl that loves money and would do anything for it.
mysteriesrme on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Raspberry Hill is obsessed with money. She will sell pencils, potato chips, and even stale candy to make a buck. She is compelled to make money to prevent a return to living on the streets with her mother. Gritty, real, and somewhat sympathetic characterization of Raspberry made me want to keep reading. If you have ever struggled, you can understand why money drives her so much. Additionally, I like the friendship dynamic between Raspberry and her friends because at one point Raspberry does make money stand between her and one of her friends. Overall, a good read !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely great for teens to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased several books by Sharon Flake for my high school classroom. They have stayed checked out. I would recommend this for high school girls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Money hungry is a amazing book becaus it keeps u on the edge of your seat wanting to know whats going to happen next. Another book is beging for change the second book a continuation of money hungry. I give it 4 stares
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book