This book was written for young adults who want to flourish financially. It’s a fictional story about how to develop financial intelligence and a strong money mindset.
Discover the four ‘money personality types’ (which one are you?) as teenagers Toni, Eric, Jackson and Brooke attempt to raise funds for a school-organised trip to India. They get there (one way or another), and are stimulated, overwhelmed, discomfited and delighted by the colourful and very different country of India.
Read Quest For Riches purely as a story (and learn some useful stuff incidentally) or read it as a text by engaging with / responding to the Questions pages (and be entertained as you go).
The Money Mastery for Teens Project was conceived and developed by Camilla Mendoza to address teenagers’ lack of savings and the unsustainable debt many are getting into, and to present the strategies that underpin wealth and prosperity.
There are lessons in this entertaining story not only about money (and saving and spending and investing/the power of compounding interest) but also about our values, beliefs and family patterns around money, our own personality’s impact on how we relate with money, the value of work in developing character, and our ability to create long-lasting wealth, both financial and experiential.
What people are saying about Quest for Riches
- Nick Metha, 16 yrs
'I finished the book. It was sensational. I told my mum about some of the things – I told her she needed a Prosperity account. She learnt that from me. It’s a very good book.’
- Harvey W, 13 yrs
Harvey’s mum: 'He read it every day after school instead of doing school production. Couldn’t put it down. Took it everywhere. Now he’s inspired to save.'
'Being the father of two teenage sons, Quest For Riches resonated with our own life journey, for there were many similarities to what was going on for us in our own lives. We were setting goals of our own, saving hard for an overseas trip and manifesting our dreams into reality. Your writings teach valuable skills, encourage and empower young people to realise their potential and above all in this credit card contaminated world, enlighten our youth with the old fashioned value of saving for the times ahead. Not just for the immediate goal but to save for prosperity and the future. Thank you for sharing your insights with the teenagers of today.'
- Barry Sharman, father of teens and school administrator
Review by Ann Ruckert of the South Australian English Teachers Association:
'This highly engaging book tells the story of four fifteen-year-old school students (Toni, Brooke, Eric and Jackson) who participate in a school trip to India. We follow their journey as they raise the funds necessary and travel to India and home again. Their adventures include visiting many famous tourist sites as well as Dobhi Ghat, the world’s largest laundry; travelling on overcrowded, smelly public transport; tasting a wide range of ‘new’ foods; experiencing a two-night homestay (each staying with a different family from different backgrounds) and succumbing to Delhi belly. Along the way, we are given insights into how each student thinks, feels and reacts to the different experiences encountered.
'Written for young adults who want to flourish financially, this book will engage readers of all ages, providing lessons about money management and our ability to create wealth as well as a number of other social and ethical issues. Each chapter concludes with a number of questions relating to the subject matter of the chapter; and no, this is not reading comprehension, but a chance for readers to think and relate the students’ experiences to themselves. Each student, and their family, relates to money differently and the final two pages describe the four ‘money personalities’ where the reader will, without a doubt, find him/herself.
'Containing beautiful descriptions of the colourful, vivid, overwhelming, disconcerting and remarkable country that is India with the ever-present undercurrent of managing our money, this is a book that all teenagers should read in order to better understand how to gain financial independence.'
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