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Seventeen Against The Dealer

Category: Books | Age Group: 16+

TOPIC:

Running Your Own Business Is Hard Work

RESOURCES NEEDED:

A copy of the book Seventeen Against the Dealer by Cynthia Voigt

LEARNING OPPORTUNITY:

As young teens start thinking about their future and what career choices they will soon have to make, it is important that they realize the challenges of being their own boss. There are no guarantees in life. It takes hard work to achieve success, especially if you want to start up your own business. This novel is about a woman named Dicey, who used her own money to open a boat shop. She has to overcoming challenges of running a business. The book stresses the need for self-confidence and hard work, but it also addresses the importance of having the love and support from family and friends when pursuing career choices.

THE ACTIVITY:
  • Give a copy of the book to your teen and ask them to read it.
  • When finished, ask them to discuss the book with you. Talk about the problems Dicey had with her business and how she coped with them. Discuss the role that her family and friends played in helping her with her challenges. Talk about what characteristics a person should have if they want to be an entrepreneur.
FOLLOW UP IDEAS:
  • Open the following website and go to Part 2, Chapter 7, “Are You An Entrepreneur?” There is much information here about what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
    http://moneyandyouth.cfee.org/en/resources/thebook/section2.pdf Canadian Foundation for Economic Education
  • This book is the last of seven “Tillerman family” novels by Cynthia Voigt. Suggest reading some of the others to your teen.