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Books for young people that teach financial life skills

Journeys with Max takes a young man and his family to new levels of financial literacy. With practical and realistic exercises, Max applies interactive educational techniques that any family can use with ease. Max learns lessons designed to be fun and challenging, and also the basics for a lifetime of financial rewards. Family values and parental communications are at the very heart of this book, presenting basic, important lifetime concepts.

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“I have known Alan for years and his commitment to our youth has always been unwavering. Financial literacy is a foundational skill that is necessary for our young people to succeed in our economy. 'Journeys with Max' is a great way to introduce those important concepts to our children.”

—Texas Senator Jane Nelson

“After having the opportunity to read 'Journeys with Max: Life Skills for Young People Understanding Money' by Alan Powdermaker, I had two immediate thoughts: This book should be on the shelf and curriculum of every K–5 classroom in the U.S. Every parent needs to have a copy at home and start reading it to their children and practicing its message at a very early age.”

— Rodger Bennett, Retired VP of Instruction and Executive Dean, Brookhaven College

“An active learning experience about money, life skills and focusing on family/community support. This entertaining book provides the basic habits young people need to learn to build a foundation for their future spending, saving and giving habits. Looking forward to seeing what other money life skills Max and his family learn from future books in this series.”

—Dr. Beverly Kraska, Ph.D., Education

“This book is GREAT! And I mean it to the extreme. I just hope that the marketing plan is a great one so that every child gets the chance to listen to/read this book. And all parents. I see it as a great gift for every occasion.”

—Lois Higgins, Entrepreneur

"'Journeys with Max' is an enjoyable read and easy for families to follow. Education isn’t just in our schools; it begins at home at a very young age. From the business perspective, we need to work with our youth about financial literacy at the youngest ages. We need to start entrepreneurship early in life-not when they get out of college! 'Journeys with Max' allows parents to have a tool to easily work with. It gives children space to create financially and to dream.”

—Mary Jo Coulehan, Executive Director, Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

“'Journeys with Max' is a charming and informative financial literacy guide for young people that is highly recommended for school, public libraries and the general public."

—Betty Church, Public Reference and University Librarian (Retired)


A Note from Alan Powdermaker

Journeys with Max addresses life skill concepts for young people with a focus on money management. Family values and parental communications are at the very heart of this book, presenting basic and important concepts that can last a lifetime.

I believe we have created a unique series of three volumes designed to help families communicate with their children at various age levels. It should be a primary goal of every parent, grandparent, teacher, guardian or community activist to initiate and present life skills concepts to children. These concepts will help young people succeed instead of following the bad habits that seem to dominate our culture.

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