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Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
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Sep 08, 2009

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Very quick read about a 12-year-old boy who unintentionally starts a lawn-mowing business with the ride-on mower he receives for his birthday. Things start to go out of control as he acquires more lawns than he can cut on his own, prompting him to hire employees and even a stock broker. The main character expresses his continued disbelief over the growth of his business by speaking in short sentences and single-sentence paragraphs. It seems that a main purpose of the book is to teach kids about capitalism and the economy through the case study of lawn boy's business. The chapter titles--The Principles of Economic Expansion, The Growth of Capitalism, The Law of Increasing Product Demand Versus Flat Production Capacity--lend an overly formal, humorous contrast to the simple language of the book. They give readers exposures to the terminology and help make the book a great literacy cross-over to a math unit on business for 5th-8th graders.

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