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Lawn Boy

Lawn Boy

Fall 2007 Fiction
Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Gary Paulsen
ISBN: 9780385746861
Hardcover Price: $12.99
Grandmother gives our hero an unusual present for his twelfth birthday: his grandfather’s old riding lawn mower. Baffled but not deterred, he starts the mower and climbs on board. A neighbor immediately offers him the job of mowing his lawn for twenty bucks. The boy, who hadn’t thought much about earning money beyond how he’d be able to buy an inner-tube for his old ten-speed, racks up one lawn-mowing job after another. Another neighbor, Arnold, who works from home as an e-trader, asks to have his lawn mowed. He complains of having a "cash flow" problem, and suggests a barter arrangement in which he promises to buy stock, in his own name, for our protagonist. Arnold understands business and offers good advice. Under his tutelage, the unnamed protagonist hires employees, builds a four hundred and eighty thousand dollars investment portfolio and is the sponsor of a prize-fighter named Joseph Powdermilk Jr.

Short and sweet, this laugh-aloud, chapter book is a hoot.

Kemie Nix   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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