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The Startup Squad: Face the Music

The Startup Squad: Face the Music

The Startup Squad (Volume 2)

Brian Weisfeld and Nicole C. Kear

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Girls mean business in Face the Music, the second novel in The Startup Squad, a middle grade series about friendship and entrepreneurship!

Harriet’s brothers’ band, the Skinks, are hoping to enter a local battle of the bands. Winning could get them on a reality TV show! But low funds have left them without the right equipment.

The Startup Squad jumps into action! Harriet, Resa, Didi, and Amelia quickly pull together to rebrand the Skinks and sell T-shirts to raise money. It’s a great plan—until everything starts to go wrong. Turns out tracking T-shirt orders, managing money, and watching inventory aren’t easy tasks. The Startup Squad has to focus on each member’s strengths, act like a team, and get their business back into the groove.

The book also features business tips and a profile of a real-life girl CEO.

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The Startup Squad:

"An inspiring story about entrepreneurial girls. I loved this story of girls finding their way in the world of entrepreneurship."
—Ann M. Martin, author of the Baby-Sitters Club series and Newbery Honor winner A Corner of the Universe

"The Startup Squad encourages girls to dream big, work hard, and rely on each other to make good things happen. It teaches them how to succeed—and reminds all of us that girls mean business!"
—Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org

"A great read that is fast-paced, fun, and empowering. The Startup Squad comes complete with a treasure trove of tips for starting a business."
—Katheri… More…

Girls mean business in Face the Music, the second novel in The Startup Squad, a middle grade series about friendship and entrepreneurship!

Harriet’s brothers’ band, the Skinks, are hoping to enter a local battle of the bands. Winning could get them on a reality TV show! But low funds have left them without the right equipment.

The Startup Squad jumps into action! Harriet, Resa, Didi, and Amelia quickly pull together to rebrand the Skinks and sell T-shirts to raise money. It’s a great plan—until everything starts to go wrong. Turns out tracking T-shirt orders, managing money, and watching inventory aren’t easy tasks. The Startup Squad has to focus on each member’s strengths, act like a team, and get their business back into the groove.

The book also features business tips and a profile of a real-life girl CEO.

An Imprint Book

The Startup Squad:

"An inspiring story about entrepreneurial girls. I loved this story of girls finding their way in the world of entrepreneurship."
—Ann M. Martin, author of the Baby-Sitters Club series and Newbery Honor winner A Corner of the Universe

"The Startup Squad encourages girls to dream big, work hard, and rely on each other to make good things happen. It teaches them how to succeed—and reminds all of us that girls mean business!"
—Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org

"A great read that is fast-paced, fun, and empowering. The Startup Squad comes complete with a treasure trove of tips for starting a business."
—Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan

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Brian Weisfeld and Nicole C. Kear

Brian Weisfeld has been building businesses his entire life. In elementary school, he bought 95 pounds of gummy bears and hired his friends to sell them. As a teen, he made and sold mixtapes (ask your parents what those are), sorted baseball cards (he got paid in cards), babysat four days a week after school, and sold nuts and dried fruit (and more gummy bears) in a neighborhood store. As an adult, Brian helped build a number of well-known billion-dollar companies including IMAX Corporation and Coupons. Brian is the Founder and Chief Squad Officer of The Startup Squad, an initiative dedicated to helping girls reach their potential, whatever their passions. Brian lives in Silicon Valley and can often be found eating gummy bears with his wife while watching his two daughters sell lemonade from the end of their driveway.
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Nicole C. Kear grew up in New York City, where she still lives, with her husband, three firecracker kids and a ridiculously fluffy hamster. She's written lots of essays and a memoir, Now I See You, for grownups, and The Fix-It Friends series for kids. She has a bunch of fancy, boring diplomas, and one red clown nose from circus school. Seriously.