Lunch Money (novel)

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Lunch Money
Author Andrew Clements
Language English
Genre Fictional life stories
Published 2005 (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Pages 222

Lunch Money is a 2005 children's novel by the American author Andrew Clements, illustrated by Brian Selznick.

Plot summary[edit]

Greg Kenton is a 6th-grader with considerable talent, but his greatest talent is as an entrepreneur. His newest business, Chunky Comics, is successful, until long-time rival and business competitor, Maura Shaw, distributes mini books of her own. Eventually, the two come together to form a partnership, and also friendship. The principal, Mrs. Davenport, has some doubts about granting them permission to sell their comics, but eventually consents. Chunky Comics becomes a huge domestic hit, and is eventually distributed nationally on eBay. Eventually, Greg realizes that money does not create happiness.


Main characters[edit]

  • Greg Kenton, a creative and imaginative boy who is Maura's rival-turn-friend, the creator of Chunky comics
  • Maura Shaw, a smart girl who is Greg's rival-turn-friend
  • Mr. Z/Mr. Zenotopoulous, Greg and Maura's math teacher
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kenton, Greg's supporting but concerned parents. Zach Lewis, Science teacher
  • Mrs. Davenport, Ashworth intermediate school principal

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Joan Kenton, Greg's mother and Billy's wife
  • Billy Mac Kenton, Greg's father and Joan's husband
  • Ted Kendall, Greg's best friend
  • Teddy Rock, Greg and Maura's friend

Tertiary characters[edit]

  • Ross Kenton, Greg's second brother
  • Edward Kenton, Greg and Ross' eldest brother
  • Lisa, Maura's best friend forever

Other Characters[edit]

  • Mrs. Jansen, Greg and Maura's neighbor
  • Timmy Jansen, Mrs. Jansen's son
  • Mrs. Altman, Joan's neighbour
  • Mrs. Emmet, School nurse
  • Mr. Kendall, Ted's father
  • Paul, Greg's classmate


  • Ashworth Intermediate School
  • Greg's house
  • Maura's house
  • On the sidewalk