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Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
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Don't let the chapter titles scare off the kids! (Sample: Capital Growth Coupled with the Principles of Production Expansion.) It's a great farce about a boy who ends up making serious money hand over fist just mowing lawns. Well, maybe not just mowing lawns. That's where the fun comes in. Kids interested in making a few extra dollars will enjoy the boy's roller coaster ride to riches. Booktalk: Happy Birthday! And look what grandma got you: a riding lawn mower. What the heck are you going to do with a riding lawn mower? Mow the lawn of course! You try it out on your parents’ lawn. It doesn’t look perfect but it doesn’t look bad either. Your neighbor sees you mowing the lawn and he offers you $20 to mow his lawn. Well, sure, why not. You need a new inner tube for your bicycle and you could use the money. Then another neighbor wants to hire you to mow his lawn and then another neighbor and another and another and you’re mowing lawns everyday and next thing you know…a couple of weeks later you’ve somehow managed—you don’t know how—but you’ve somehow managed to earn $8,000. And not only that: you now have people working for you. And you now have a stockbroker. And you’re now sponsoring an amateur boxer. And your parents don’t even know about any of this! The whole situation has gone wild-crazy and out of control and if you knew what was about to go down next you probably never would have decided to take a job as a simple LAWN BOY. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is very different from what we've all come to expect from a Gary Paulsen book. I like that he's dipped his quill into some different ink. The book is very short which fit the bill for me the day I sat to read it. It's a decent blend of humor, quick pacing, and understanding how to make your investments grow. Good book for boys who may not be the most enthusiastic readers. ( )
  RalphLagana | Jan 23, 2016 |
  LauraNelson | Jul 31, 2015 |
Realistic Fiction Chapter Book
Reading Level: 4.3

A twelve year old boy starts mowing grass in the summer, and once his business starts booming he meets a man that teaches him about supply and demand. Eventually the reader learns how one summer changed his life with his new knowledge and understanding of money.
  rdg301library | May 24, 2015 |
This story is about the entrepreneurship and he is given a mower for his 12th birthday. He creates a business around his mower.
Coming of age for boys

4-7 ( )
  hatease | Dec 1, 2014 |
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One day I was 12 years old and broke. Then Grandma gave me Grandpa's old riding lawnmower. I set out to mow some lawns. More people wanted me to mow their lawns. And more and more. . . . One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about "the beauty of capitalism. Supply and Demand. Diversify labor. Distribute the wealth." "Wealth?" I said. "It's groovy, man," said Arnold.

If I'd known what was coming, I might have climbed on my mower and putted all the way home to hide in my room. But the lawn business grew and grew. So did my profits, which Arnold invested in many things. And one of them was Joey Pow the prizefighter. That's when my 12th summer got really interesting.

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Things get out of hand for a twelve-year-old boy when a neighbor convinces him to expand his summer lawn mowing business.

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