“Mariah is an entertaining schemer.”
—School Library Journal
By the time Mariah Delany reached the sixth grade, she’d come up with all kinds of moneymaking schemes. To her book-loving parents’ dismay, she is much more interested in business than books. In a desperate effort to show Mariah the joys of reading, her mother brings her to the library. Mariah gets hooked on books, but not quite in the way her mother had intended. For, upon discovering the library closed because of cutbacks in funding, Mariah is inspired with her most ambitious venture to date: The Mariah Delany Lending Library. Lending out her parents’ valuable books and charging overdue fines seems like the perfect plan. But Mariah soon realizes it is much easier to loan than to retrieve.