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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 |
good quick read. fun story. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
With great success comes great responsibility. Lawn Boy is a book about a 12 year old boy who gets an old lawn mower from his grandma. At first he mowed a couple lawns to make a little money, but as the summer goes on more peoples' lawns need to be mowed and he can't do it all with one lawn mower. Plus he already has more money than he knows what to do with. After he mowed this person named Arnold's lawn Arnold offered to take his money and invest it. He invests it in stocks and the profit is huge. He also invests it into one other thing which comes in handy towards the end of the book.
I didn't really hate this book, but I didn't love it. It was a pallet cleanser book. Meaning it was a quick easy read that I chose to read only because I needed a break from reading the big complicated books. It wasn't at my reading level. If your looking for a fast easy book to read or if you're in elementary school I would recommend this one to you. Overall I would give this book a rating between 2 1/2 and 3. ( )
  br14sabi | Nov 22, 2013 |
A short book - less than 2 hours - this one had us laughing aloud. Told in the first person, the narrator receives a used riding lawn mower for his birthday at the beginning of the summer. What starts as a way to earn some extra money during vacation quickly snowballs into a hilarious romp with hit men, prize fighters and stock brokers. Very funny and perfect for a road trip! ( )
  jmoncton | Jun 3, 2013 |
When his grandmother gives him an old riding lawnmower for his birthday, the narrator-- known to the reader only as Lawnboy-- soon finds himself the boss of a lawn care business that grows faster than he ever could imagine.

This plot-focused book is a quick read, with very little time spent on character development. While it might not contribute to much discussion in an English class, the basics of economics are well-integrated into the story, making it a good resource for an elementary introduction to the subject. There is little conflict in the story, making it a good choice for young readers who dislike tension. However, the lack of any negative consequences for somewhat questionable actions give the book an uneven feel.

Recommended for use as an economic education resource, but not as a novel. ( )
  ejmeloche | Dec 1, 2012 |
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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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