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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

LAWN BOY provides some quick entertainment. It's a very manageable read at less than 90 pages. Readers are treated to quite a few laughs and a little business education.

The main character is a 12-year-old boy. His grandmother gives him a riding lawn mower for...
LAWN BOY provides some quick entertainment. It's a very manageable read at less than 90 pages. Readers are treated to quite a few laughs and a little business education.

The main character is a 12-year-old boy. His grandmother gives him a riding lawn mower for his birthday. She says it was his late grandfather's mower. Miracle of all miracles, the thing actually works, and he sets about mowing their pitiful excuse for a yard.

When he finishes the yard, a neighbor wonders if he can get his own lawn mowed. Soon he's mowing for the whole neighborhood. In a few short days, he has over three hundred dollars stuffed in his pockets.

Arnold, a stay-at-home stockbroker, would like his lawn mowed; but he admits to being short on cash. He offers a deal - mow his lawn and he'll invest the cost of the mowing in the stock market and hopefully increase the investment. Boy, does he!

Before he knows it, he has a growing business and more money than he can even imagine. He has a stock portfolio that would be the envy of any businessperson. And just think, his only dream at the start of the summer was to have enough to afford a new inner tube for his bike tire.

The problem now is how do you break it to your parents that in five short weeks you have tons of money? Will they believe you?

Gary Paulsen has done it yet again. His die-hard fans will like the story, and reluctant readers will find it a quick and satisfying read. It's also a terrific read-aloud that will have them laughing and teach them a little about capitalism in the bargain.

posted by TeensReadToo on November 3, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Scrubseason

I absolutely hated this book! The chapter names were so advanced and perplexing and then the actual text was BORING! I read it in an hour, deciding to suffer through it all at once so I could spare myself the rest of the summer! The book didn't even include Lawn boy'...
I absolutely hated this book! The chapter names were so advanced and perplexing and then the actual text was BORING! I read it in an hour, deciding to suffer through it all at once so I could spare myself the rest of the summer! The book didn't even include Lawn boy's first name, or last name. Since it was a summer read book, it was required, but still most people decided to blow it off after reading the first chapter. Plus whenever we refered to the main character in our essays, we had to write lawn boy or the protagonist. Our teachers didn't like that. I apologize to the author and readers who enjoyed this book. This is my opinion and I respect the book fully.

posted by Anonymous on June 26, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Eh

    This book wasn't that good. It is not good for grades 2 and below because they would not understand the stocks and market stuff. It is too short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Bad

    How can anyone like this horrible book!!!!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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