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Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
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Jun 21, 2011

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I was anxious to read this book because it was in hot demand last year in our elementary library media center. It definitely appeals to 4th and 5th grade boys. They couldn't wait for the sequel, "Lawn Boy Returns." "Lawn Boy" teaches the laws of economics through a boy who develops a lawn-mowing business with an old riding lawnmower that he receives from his eccentric grandmother for his 12th birthday. In this short novel, the boy entrusts his money to a stranger who invests it in the stock market, sponsors a professional boxer who threatens a bad man with violence, hires illegal immigrants to help him with his lawn-mowing business, and hides the whole scheme from his parents. I enjoyed the economic lesson. It reminded me of my brother who mowed lawns and hoarded his money when he was that age. I am not so sure about the other lessons it conveys, but I'm not a 4th or 5th grade boy!

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