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Booklist, June 1, 2011:
"If the unnamed narrator of Paulsen’s Lawn Boy (2007) is the plucky entrepreneur who skyrockets to riches, Kevin is the wannabe mogul who sees an angle a mile away but trips over his own sky’s-the-limit aspirations. A glib, quick read to launch a thousand MBAs."


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GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books are Liar Liar, Masters of Disaster, Lawn Boy Returns, Woods Runner, Notes from the Dog, Mudshark, Lawn Boy, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech).

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780375866128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375866128
  • ASIN: 0375866124
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers. He has written more than one hundred book for adults and young readers, and is the author of three Newberry Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BirdCrazy on August 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In this new adventure for Kevin, he is struggling with the fact that, because of all his lies last time around, he has since lost his allowance, lost his part-time job at Aunt Buzzie's shop, and his babysitting money that he gets for watching Markie after school may just dry up as well, because Markie's parents are getting a divorce and fighting about money.

Kevin is still pining away for Tina - The Most Beautiful Girl in the World - and he knows that, without a little cash, she's never going to be his girlfriend. Not only that, but it will be impossible to invite her to the school dance if he doesn't have any money to pay for the tickets.

Soon Kevin joins forces with his best friend JonPaul (the jock/health nut who is a real germophobe and is frightened by absolutely everything that has to do with dirt, snot, or saliva) to become a true entrepreneur. One idea Kevin comes up with is running poker games, and taking a percentage because he supplies the chips, cards, room, and junk food. He also takes the gift his sister has for make-up and hair care and rents her out as a supreme stylist to her friends, as well as taking the time to clean up all of his neighbor's garages for a large fee. What this entrepreneur doesn't count on is the fact that with a new business, you also have to know the rules. And all the ideas poor Kevin seems to come up with are making people even more angry than they were about the lying incidents in the recent past.

Again, Gary Paulsen has the wit, charm, and `laugh-out-loud' lines that bring us all back to a time when we were that kid just struggling to get by in the real world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on August 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Fourteen-year-old Kevin believes the universe is conspiring against him to make sure he doesn't have any money. No funds means he can't ask Tina Zabinski, the World's Most Beautiful Girl, to the eighth-grade dance.

For lying to just about everyone he knows, Kevin is being punished by having his allowance cut off for a month. Furthermore, he has lost his weekend job working for his Aunt Buzz, who is still mad at him for deceiving her. Making money from his babysitting gig for his neighbor, four-year-old Markie --- the only person he has never lied to --- is out of the question because of Markie's family's situation and finances.

After reading some business books his mom brings home from her job at the bookstore, Kevin is inspired to develop a plan to become rich. In spite of his shortcomings, one positive trait is his willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done, especially if it helps him get ahead. He isn't afraid of hard work and believes that a successful person is a creative thinker who has vision that others lack and who can "make something from nothing." He also operates on the theory that sometimes, to get ahead, he will have to rely on the hard work of others.

Working on that principle, Kevin recruits his friend, JonPaul, to assist him and cons his sister Sarah into investing in one of his get-rich-quick schemes. Several of his classmates, his hockey-playing brother Daniel, his hockey friends and some college students take a gamble on one of his business ventures. Even Aunt Buzz unwittingly helps out.

After his financial situation improves, Kevin enjoys the sweetness of success and decides to branch out into other enterprises. All he needs to do is work up the courage to ask Tina out to the dance.
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Kevin likes a girl, and wants to take her to the dance. He is very ambitious. However, his lies in "Liar, Liar" caused him to lose his allowance, and resulted in him getting creative in another good book by Gary Paulsen in "Flat Broke." Kevin has some great business ideas, and they seem ok for a while because he's bringing in a stream of money, which started out with him implementing an "underground poker" business at his Aunt's business.

But he got a bit greedy, and wanted more, so he got creative, and streamlined more businesses, but didn't know enough about them and the rules of the game per say. For instance, he started with cleaning out someone's attic because of raccoon urine, and someone else saw it, so they wanted him to clean out their garage, and he did. However, the trash could not remain by the curb. It would bring down the value of the neighborhood, so he "illegally dumped" the trash.

He didn't stop there in his ambitions and creativity. Other business ideas included commissions from his sister and her styling expertise, and Katie Knowles, and her tutoring expertise, as well as a college bake sale.

However, all of these businesses come with their own set of problems, rules and regulations, that Kevin does not know enough of. Nor are his "employees" he hired old enough to work in the sense of gambling so to speak.

Creative as Kevin may be, greed got in the way, and he fumbled. Secondly, when we take on too many things we become a "Jack of ALL trades and Master of None."

So once again, he realizes he is without Tina, and has to apologize to all his friends. I guess he will be an expert in apologizing.

Read for yourself, and see what business ventures Kevin is about to take. I am sure your child will not be disappointed. Nor will you. I love reading my children's books.
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