Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

Book Title:  KidVenture: Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue by Steve Searfoss
Category:  Middle Grade Fiction (ages 8 - 12)
Genre:  Fiction (Business Adventure Story)
Publisher:  Self-Published/KDP, 125 pages
Release date:   January 2020
Content Rating:  G - I am a parent and pay close to attention to the media my children consume. I set out to write a book series that was clean and family friendly. KidVenture teaches the value of hard work, the importance of saving money, how essential it is to keep your word, and the need to find cooperative solutions with partners in order to be successful at business. This is a book that entertains but also educates and inspires.

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About the Book

Chance Sterling launches a pool cleaning business over the summer. Join Chance as he looks for new customers, discovers how much to charge them, takes on a business partner, recruits an employee, deals with difficult clients, and figures out how to make a profit. He has twelve weeks to reach his goal. Will he make it? Only if he takes some chances.

KidVenture stories are business adventures where kids figure out how to market their company, understand risk, and negotiate. Each chapter ends with a challenge, including business decisions, ethical dilemmas and interpersonal conflict for young readers to wrestle with. As the story progresses, the characters track revenue, costs, profit margin, and other key metrics which are explained in simple, fun ways that tie into the story.


My Review


Great Book to Introduce Entrepreneurship to Children. My daughters have occasionally considered starting random business ventures over the years--babysitting, pet sitting, dog walking, etc. I wish I had found a book like this one to read with them when they were younger! In reality--I may give it to my youngest teen for her "review" just to see if it inspires her to act on some of her business ideas! The author's writing style gives readers a lot to think about--and discuss with parents or adults--as they follow Chase's adventures in launching and operating his pool cleaning business. The book offers advice, tips, ideas, and extra things to think about as Chase encounters challenges, setbacks, and successes.  


Readers will Enjoy Chase's Story. The author gives the main character a strong work ethic and moral character. As Chase faced obstacles and dilemmas--the author allowed him to address and solve them through--and learn from the outcomes. As a parent, it was nice to see children learning and using many real-world life skills in the day-to-day operation of the pool cleaning business. Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue is a fun, educational story parents will want to read with the kids. Life lessons are quickly learned, tempers and emotions stay in check, and everyone finds a happy ending.


Would I Recommend Kidventure: Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue by Steve Searfoss. I loved how the author introduced and explained the basic business and economic ideas to readers as part of the storyline. Readers learn along with the characters without really realizing they are learning. I am a huge fan of kid business ventures--especially over the summer months. Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue is a great series to add to your family's collection to inspire the kids to take on a venture of their own. I would recommend it for middle school-aged readers, but teens reading with younger siblings may learn a few things too!


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Meet the Author

I wrote my first KidVenture book after years of making up stories to teach my kids about business and economics. Whenever they'd ask how something works or why things were a certain way, I would say, "Let's pretend you have a business that sells..." and off we'd go. What would start as a simple hypothetical to explain a concept would become an adventure spanning several days as my kids would come back with new questions which would spawn more plot twists. Rather than give them quick answers, I tried to create cliffhangers to get them to really think through an idea and make the experience as interactive as possible.

I try to bring that same spirit of fun, curiosity and challenge to each KidVenture book. That’s why every chapter ends with a dilemma and a set of questions. KidVenture books are fun for kids to read alone, and even more fun to read together and discuss. There are plenty of books where kids learn about being doctors and astronauts and firefighters. There are hardly any where they learn what it’s like to run small business. KidVenture is different. The companies the kids start are modest and simple, but the themes are serious and important.

I’m an entrepreneur who has started a half dozen or so businesses and have had my share of failures. My dad was an entrepreneur and as a kid I used to love asking him about his business and learning the ins and outs of what to do and not do. Mistakes make the best stories — and the best lessons. I wanted to write a business book that was realistic, where you get to see the characters stumble and wander and reset, the way entrepreneurs do in real life. Unlike most books and movies where business is portrayed as easy, where all you need is one good idea and the desire to be successful, the characters in KidVenture find that every day brings new problems to solve.

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