Thursday, August 09, 2007

Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

Imagine a summer in which you suddenly became rich without even trying. That's the premise of this short, funny novel by Gary Paulsen. The main character gets an old riding lawn mower from his grandma, and suddenly has more business than he can handle. When a friendly stock broker takes an interest, the money increases, and the situation gets a little ridiculous. Not a lot of 12-year-olds sponsor prize fighters or have to fend off criminals wanting a piece of their business. It's all rather ridiculous, but it's fun and the setting is Eden Prairie, Minnesota. It might even be a good read for the stock market club members. Recommended for 6th graders who dream of making money.

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