- Publisher: Yearling Books
- Format: Paperback | 88 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 185mm x 8mm | 73g
- Publication date: 23 June 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0553494651
- ISBN 13: 9780553494655
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 63,197
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. "From the Hardcover edition."
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Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books are "The Legend of Bass Reeves," "Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day," "The Time Hackers," and "The Amazing Life of Birds. "He lives in New Mexico and Alaska. "From the Hardcover edition."
By TeensReadToo 25 Sep 2010
LAWN BOY provides some quick entertainment. It's a very manageable read at less than 90 pages. Readers are treated to quite a few laughs and a little business education.
The main character is a 12-year-old boy. His grandmother gives him a riding lawn mower for his birthday. She says it was his late grandfather's mower. Miracle of all miracles, the thing actually works, and he sets about mowing their pitiful excuse for a yard.
When he finishes the yard, a neighbor wonders if he can get his own lawn mowed. Soon he's mowing for the whole neighborhood. In a few short days, he has over three hundred dollars stuffed in his pockets.
Arnold, a stay-at-home stockbroker, would like his lawn mowed; but he admits to being short on cash. He offers a deal - mow his lawn and he'll invest the cost of the mowing in the stock market and hopefully increase the investment. Boy, does he!
Before he knows it, he has a growing business and more money than he can even imagine. He has a stock portfolio that would be the envy of any businessperson. And just think, his only dream at the start of the summer was to have enough to afford a new inner tube for his bike tire.
The problem now is how do you break it to your parents that in five short weeks you have tons of money? Will they believe you?
Gary Paulsen has done it yet again. His die-hard fans will like the story, and reluctant readers will find it a quick and satisfying read. It's also a terrific read-aloud that will have them laughing and teach them a little about capitalism in the bargain.
Starred review, Booklist, April 15, 2007: "[A] short and hilarious tale . . . When it comes to telling funny stories about boys, no one surpasses Paulsen, and here he is in top form." "Paulsen has mastered the very hard trick of sounding exactly like a twelveyear- old without being either cute or condescending." "--The New York Times Book Review"