Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed

Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed

by Gary Paulsen
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Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed by Gary Paulsen

Kevin struggled to overcome his knack for lying in Liar, Liar, but now Kev is broke, and he's got to find a way to make money. He's in for another round of mayhem and misunderstandings in this financial comedy of errors. In Kevin, Gary Paulsen has created an appealing teen boy character who is just as human and fallible as his readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375866128
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 566,707
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 7.44(h) x 0.33(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books are Liar Liar, Masters of Disaster, Lawn Boy Returns, Woods Runner, Notes from the Dog, Mudshark, Lawn Boy, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech).

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Flat Broke 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Gary Paulsen is a hugely hysterical YA writer who created this story as a follow-up for his outstanding book, Liar, Liar. In this new adventure for Kevin, he is struggling with the fact that, because of all his lies last time around, he has since lost his allowance, lost his part-time job at Aunt Buzzie's shop, and his babysitting money that he gets for watching Markie after school may just dry up as well, because Markie's parents are getting a divorce and fighting about money. Kevin is still pining away for Tina - The Most Beautiful Girl in the World - and he knows that, without a little cash, she's never going to be his girlfriend. Not only that, but it will be impossible to invite her to the school dance if he doesn't have any money to pay for the tickets. Soon Kevin joins forces with his best friend JonPaul (the jock/health nut who is a real germophobe and is frightened by absolutely everything that has to do with dirt, snot, or saliva) to become a true entrepreneur. One idea Kevin comes up with is running poker games, and taking a percentage because he supplies the chips, cards, room, and junk food. He also takes the gift his sister has for make-up and hair care and rents her out as a supreme stylist to her friends, as well as taking the time to clean up all of his neighbor's garages for a large fee. What this entrepreneur doesn't count on is the fact that with a new business, you also have to know the rules. And all the ideas poor Kevin seems to come up with are making people even more angry than they were about the lying incidents in the recent past. Again, Gary Paulsen has the wit, charm, and 'laugh-out-loud' lines that bring us all back to a time when we were that kid just struggling to get by in the real world. Memories come flooding back about that perfect sister who was a real pain in the butt, as well as neighbors who just didn't understand that what we were doing was in order to get rich - just like what they were doing out there in the real world before they became cantankerous old farts. Quill Says: A fantastic read, as always, from the great Mr. Paulsen. All fans will look forward to what Kevin has up his sleeve for the next time around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To me, most YA humor books stink. Gary Paulsen, however, knows how to get it right. While many other books do things that no person our age would find funny, this book has perfect humor—slight quirks in characters, the MC's POV is relatable/funny, etc. Also, it knows how to keep us hooked with the slight relationship drama, the family drama, and the business drama. It isn't a big hook, but accompanied by humor, it'll keep you reading. Finally, the emotions. Perfect. In every way. So realistic and relatable when the character describes sad experiences. And the writing, although not filled with stunning vocab, is full of life and humor, and is great to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have u all read the series?????????
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I really like this story and how its put together
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Teh furst one was good
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?dooG koob !!!!!!!!!I evol sgorf. Read this backwards.
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grandma-65 More than 1 year ago
I started out reading "Lawnmower Boy" by picking up a copy at the library spring, used book sale. Before sending it to my grandson, I thought I should read it first. I loved every minute of it and sent it to my very sophisticated, (reader), 8 yr. old grandson. He liked it so I decided to order some more. I don't know how far he has gotten into the series I sent him, but I understand that his 12 yr. old sister picked it up and read and enjoyed it (she does not have a big interest in reading!). So so far I think these will be a hit for my Ga. grandchildren. I will tell you more when I talk to them next time!! But I will say this grandmother has discovered a new author and am enjoying him thoroughtly!!
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This book is a great kids book
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It suck