Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

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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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About Gary Paulsen

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Gary Paulsen is the author of more than 100 books and the winner of numerous awards, including three Newbery Honors and the Golden Spur Award for Best Young Adult Western.
Published December 25, 2008 by Wendy Lamb Books. 98 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Business & Economics, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After his grandmother gives him an old riding lawnmower for his summer birthday, this comedy’s 12-year-old narrator putt-putts into a series of increasingly complex and economically advantageous adventures.

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(Mom teaches in an experimental school, and Dad is a not-very-successful inventor.) Unusual for books of this sort, which combine enterprise with what is essentially a summer idyll in the way of, say, Robert McCloskey’s Homer Price stories or Beverly Cleary’s “Henry and the Paper Route,” Lawn Boy...

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BC Books

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The only problem with Gary Paulsen’s Lawn Boy Returns is that it is too short.

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Common Sense Media

Soon the boy has more than a dozen employees, a wad of money, an interest in a prize fighter, and a problem with a protection racket.

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