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From School Library Journal

Grade 4–7—In this witty sequel to the much-beloved Lawn Boy (Random, 2007), six weeks have passed. In that time, the 12-year-old's business has expanded, his employees have quadrupled, his prizefighter has been asked by a gangster to throw a match, and his parents have gone on vacation. Lawn Boy is again confronted with very adult problems. He is hounded by the world, girls want his autograph, journalists want his picture. And still, all he wants is to play with the other kids, have a regular summer, and maybe mow a few lawns. LB uses his familiar charm and sarcasm, coupled with kidlike solutions, to solve his scary, grown-up problems. Not a lot is new in this slim book, but fans will be excited by the fresh twists and turns amid the same quirky characters: Grandma, Joey Pow, Arnold, et al. This is an extremely fast and funny story, good for struggling and reluctant readers.—Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ
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In Lawn Boy (2007), Paulsen’s preteen lawn mower earned a bit of modest cash, then turned it into nearly a half a million dollars with help from a hippie-dippy stockbroker. In this follow-up, Paulsen takes the hilarious story of capitalism run amok a step further, and the lad’s deliriously lucrative lawn-mowing enterprise transforms into a massive and unwieldy corporation. Troubled by shady characters lurking about on the shakedown side and the IRS freezing assets on the legal side, he finds he’d rather be fishing than in Forbes. Another focused bit of frivolity from the master of smart, funny stories about boys. --Ian Chipman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 920 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553494309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553494303
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,991 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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Format: Paperback
I LOVE Gary P.'s original book in this series, "Lawn Boy". It is a great read, especially for 5th and 6th grade boys. However, "Lawn Boy Returns" has NONE of the great humor and situations that made the first book so engaging. This sequel has very little dialogue, which makes the text dense and boring, especially for kids. The colorful characters from the first book do not grow or change in this book, and we are also introduced to L.B.'s two friends and four new employees, none of whom add anything to the story whatsoever. There is also the introduction of a new character, Zed, who is crass and crude and says things that young readers should not be reading. Furthermore, the author thinks it is funny to describe Zed getting drunk and stealing (neither of which is funny for this age group). Go read "Lawn Boy" but DO NOT waste your time with this unimaginative follow-up.
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"Lawn Boy" was fine, but not even in the top half of Paulsen's body of work. This sequel is missing a lot of what made "Lawn Boy" fun, and for the first time in a Paulsen book it all just seems labored and forced. It's still O.K., but that's about it. Never thought I'd be writing something like that, but there it is. If you are looking to try a Paulsen, look at "Masters of Disaster" or "Notes From the Dog" or, especially, "Harris and Me".
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Beloved YA author Gary Paulsen (Hatchet) shows a side I was not aware that he had: a madcap sense or humor (he may have lots of funny books, but the ones I am aware of are not particularly funny). I am not much of a reader of YA books, but my daughter was reading Lawn Boy and she was laughing out loud so much and begging to read passages to my wife and I that I decided to look into it. When I saw on the back of Lawn Boy Returns that the series had been named a Notable Book by the National Council for the Social Studies I was certainly intrigued because I am an economics teacher. I discovered this was a simple, fun series that just about any kid would love to read that could also easily be incorporated into an economics lesson.

The book follows a pretty simple idea - a 12 year-old boy is given his deceased grandfather's small lawn mower. He mows his family's tiny lawn just to try it out and he is offered the chance to get paid to mow a neighbor's lawn. He decides he needs some money to buy a new inner tube for his bicycle tire so he might as well go for it. One job leads to another and because the local lawn service owner has recently left town with the wife of one of his customers there are a lot of lawns that need servicing. There are so many lawns that "Lawn Boy" has multiple adult employees, a stockbroker advising him and more money than he knows what to do with.
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ONLY READ THE FIRST BOOK!!!
The only new character is Zed, none of the others have grown,changed or even made me want to start a company of my own!
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This book is really good to read. You should read it and I am very sure that you will like it. It has a lot of great scenes and you can almost picture it in your mind. If you just take the time to picture it and read it you will have a great time with this book. I read this book because I thought it would be interesting and when I started reading it was interesting.

Lawn Boy Returns is a funny book that has funny scenes. He goes to places like McDonalds on his lawnmower and the workers think he's weird. He has a lot of weird friends that don't stop dribbling a basketball and reading a book. The lawn boy is funny and it's a nice story for all ages.

It's a great book to read because has a lot of great parts. The plot is really good because he mows lawns like every day and his friend showed up asking if they could help. Lawn Boy said they could if they had lawnmowers. They did so they joined and they each took separate lawns for better business. That is only part of the book so I'm not going to spoil the book. The rest of the book is really good so you should read it.

The author is really great and writes a lot of other stories to. His name is Gary Paulsen and he wrote many other books that are funny and good to read. This is one of the books that he wrote and it one a prize. He has a lot of great experience and is really great with writing books that are interesting and have great plots. He is just a really great author and is known worldwide because he goes on a lot of journeys and writes books about them.

You should read this book because I have given you a lot great reasons why and if you don't want to read it you don't have to. All I'm saying is that you should take a look into it but don't strain your self about it. If I wanted to rate it on a scale of 1 to 5 I would give it 4 because it is really great so just think about it and maybe you will like it to.
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A great follow-up to Lawn Boy--just as quirky and funny, if not more so! Our hero, Lawn Boy, is having a great summer making fistfuls of cash with his lawn mowing business. When the prizefighter he sponsors wins a big fight, and fame finds Lawn Boy, suddenly life gets much more complicated. Lawn Boy Returns is another very fast read at just over 100 pages. Paulsen keeps the laughs coming with an endearing and witty narrator, and lots of action, as well as some surprising twists. Again, I think this book is mis-marketed for ages 8-12. Readers 11 and up will enjoy this humorous take on summer jobs. And fans of Lawn Boy will not be disappointed by the hilarity in these pages.
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