Payback on Poplar Lane
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Payback on Poplar Lane

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ABC's Shark Tank meets The Terrible Two when a pair of sixth grade entrepreneurs compete to become top mogul on their block. Twelve-year-old Peter Gronkowski prides himself on being a professional businessman. Tired of the cliched lemonade stands that line his block, he decides to start a better business with the help of an intern. But his intern of choice, the quiet and writerly Rachel Chambers, turns out to be more than he bargained for. Rachel is innovative, resourceful, driven--and when she's had enough of Peter's overbearing management style, she decides to start a competing empire next door. As their rivalry and sabotage tactics become more outrageous--Slander! Espionage! Lemonade threats!--Peter and Rachel ultimately learn the hard way that "nothing gold can stay" and that friendship is more important than money. Alternating perspectives reveal what really motivates each character to win. And Peter's memos and "business tips" as well as excerpts from Rachel's melodramatic novel-in-progress generate fresh hilarity and tension at every page turn. Payback on Poplar Lane is a pitch-perfect comedy with heart, reminiscent of your favorite classic middle-grade series.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 133.35 x 190.5 x 20.65mm | 567g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • VIKING
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0425290905
  • 9780425290903

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR PAYBACK ON POPLAR LANE "Payback on Poplar Lane should be rated 5 stars by The Funny Business Bureau. This is the funniest book I've read in years."--Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mr. Lemoncello series. "A comical yet compassionate story of two determined, quirky characters who misstep big time on the ladder to success."--Lee Wardlaw, author of bestselling book, 101 Ways to Bug Your Parentsshow more

About Margaret Mincks

Margaret Mincks grew up the second oldest of eight kids. When she wasn't swimming, acting, making up slightly disturbing songs, or filming B-movie parodies with siblings and friends, she was writing and illustrating stories. After graduating from the University of Virginia, she moved to Chicago to perform improvisational comedy with the iO Theater. She later worked at Spider, a literary magazine for six- to nine-year-olds, as an editor. Margaret has also written for children's nonfiction series like Ripley's Believe It or Not. She now lives in Florida with her husband, young daughter, and her Staffordshire bull terrier named Reesie.show more

Rating details

12 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 33% (4)
4 50% (6)
3 17% (2)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
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