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Lawn Boy

Lawn Boy

by Gary Paulsen

'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.'

Gary Paulsen's comic story about a summer job becomes a slapstick lesson in business as one boy turns a mountain of grass into a mountain of cash.

Ages
8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
4.5
Lexile Measure
780L
DRA
50
Guided Reading
V
Book Type
Chapter Book
Number of Pages
96
Genre
Comedy and Humor

About the Author

Contributor Image Alt Tag Gary Paulsen Children's author Gary Paulsen ran away from home at the age of fourteen. His experience in diverse jobs and a wide range of interests have provided the basis for many of his works, including Hatchet and Dogsong.

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