Lawn Boy

Lawn Boy

by Gary Paulsen

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553494655
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/24/2009
Series: Lawn Boy Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 41,729
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)
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 The Legend of Bass Reeves, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds. He lives in New Mexico and Alaska.

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Lawn Boy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 197 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
ATVBoy More than 1 year ago
The book, Lawn Boy, by Gary Paulsen begins when a boy gets a lawn mower for his 12th birthday. One lawn leads to another and before he knew it he had his own lawn business. He teams up with others to expand his business. He even enlists a stock broker named Arnold who helps him find new riches other than mowing lawns. Before he knows it he is sponsoring a prize fighter who will bring more riches to the boy and his family. This boy really knows how to turn piles of grass into a mound of cash. He learns the real value of his grandfathers words: "take care of your tools and they will take care of you". A great book with great lessons. I recommend this book to any kid who has ever dreamed of starting their own business.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Economics is theme topic for this book. Excellent idea to promote savings & investments w/children. Outstanding money-management story for children and adults. On recent road trip, used both BN Lawn Boy (Paperback) w/Lawn Boy I-Tunes Audiobook-MP3 for 7th grade female student passenger. Although initially resistant priding herself on ability to read alone, she became quickly absorbed with audio/visual following along w/BN (Paperback) while listening to Audiobook on IPod w/car stereo speakers. As driver, I was able to listen to Audiobook while driving. A tribute to Lawn Boy was capturing our interest w/characters and story. Although we didn't finish the book together on trip, 7th grade student stuffed the paperback in her new Hollister tote bag and finished reading the book alone at grandma's house. I finished listening to the Audiobook on IPod. Recommendations: BN Lawn Boy (Paperback) & Lawn Boy Audiobook-MP3
Guest More than 1 year ago
One day a twelve year old boy gets a lawn mower from his grandmother for his birthday. It belonged to his grandfather who said ¿take care of your tools and they will take care of you.¿ Little did he know what that would entail. He begins mowing lawns within his neighborhood and then before he realizes it, his business has expanded. He meets Arnold, a stockbroker, who then becomes not only his business investor, but a friend as well. In the end, not only does he sponsor a prize-fighter, have a stockbroker, employed several people in his ever expanding business, have close to five-hundred thousand dollars, and the summer isn¿t over! Gary Paulsen¿s story has many entrepreneurship lessons to be learned in this suspenseful and entertaining book. I highly recommend this for kids ages 9-13.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A summer job is something that is getting you 50 dollars or less but not for this kid. Gary Paulsen¿s heartwarming and hilarious new book Lawn Boy is about a determined, hard working kid who lives in a poor family without much money. When he gets his grandfather¿s old lawn mower on his 12th birthday, he starts a summer job to make some money. Suddenly he is getting much more money than he thought would, and starts a business with a neighbor. When people resort to violence to stop the business it looks like it is the last of it, or is it¿ This book is a great for realistic fiction book lovers people that like funny books, and fans of Gray Paulsen¿s books. This book is definitely another well-written book from the award-winning author Gary Paulsen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I overall thought that this was a great book! I read this book for school this year, and it reads well. It is easy to do book reports on, and the plot is simple, but the main character has some unexpected twists as he tries to earn money. One this I noticed was that the characters did not have very much depth. The only character that I could imagine meeting was Joseph Powdermilk. Even the main character did not show much emotion. Also, the climax of the story (the internal/external change) was not clear. I think that the author could have expanded more on the connection between the boy and the lawnmower. I think a good thing while reading this book is to have a dictionary or something next to you because some paragraphs can get a little... confusing. WARNING: very short book. Do not buy if a) you are a fast reader, b) you enjoy complex, long books, c) if you like to be able to connect with these characters, or d) all of the above. If you have checked off any of these, do not buy this book, as you will be dissapointed.
tldew More than 1 year ago
Paulsen's books are great! My sons are dyslexic, these books have been such motivation encouragement my youngest has gone from the lower 5% to the upper 97% in reading in just 1 semester, Thanks Gary!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced, easy read, full of voice with great characterization. This would be a neat book to read with a class when teaching about economics or just for fun - maybe on those last few days of school before summer break.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'
wchagin57 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
good book overall. Wish that this could be me someday :)
janiereader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Paulsen writes this book in the first person, telling the story of a boy who get's an old riding lawnmower from his Grandma for his 12th birthday. The story of what happens on his summer vacation is nothing ordinary after he meets a motley crew of characters who get involved with his business. What struck me about this so-so tale, if the number of curriculum connections a teacher could use in this one hour read-aloud. From literacy, sports, math, to the ever popular: "What will you do on your summer vacation." A veritable treasure for an economics course. Note: It contains nothing unsuitable for classroom listening.
mrsdwilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The narrator inherits an old lawn mower and starts a lawn mowing business. Before he knows it, he's got more business than he can handle and a hippie stockbroker making investments for him. Each chapter title has something to do with an economic principle and we are taken along on the ride as the young narrator learns more than he ever wanted to learn about capitalism. Very quick read. Cute.
Marared9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lawn Boy is the story of an industrious kid who accidentally strikes it rich. This is a great pick for reluctant readers, and this slim but entertaining volume will appeal to kids of various ages. The success of the protagonist will send kids everywhere off dreaming of adventures and will leave families laughing out loud. Particularly recommended for boys who would rather "do" than "read."
tiger417 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
gary paulsin did a great job on his books. this is one is my favorite.I want to read his newest book. this book includes a boy getting a lawn mower and mowing lawns
Tylerballer5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was very funny and amazing. It starts out with this kid and on his 12th birthday his grandmother got him a lawn mower and hes thinks to himself and says,"What am i going to do with a lawn mower?" Then he thinks and says,"I can get money to mow lawns because iv'e needed some maney lately." So he put up signs every and then he gets to making some money and this guy calls him over and says do you want to.....? To find out what the guy asks him you will have to read Lawn Boy.
NiPe0706 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book. Very interesting and funny.
dominirose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ends with a great one-liner.
bdomogalla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Thought it was funny and a quick read. I was even giggling outloud and had to read passages to my husband. I thought the book would be great for my relunctant readers because it is an easy read, and a very entertaining. Gary Paulsen has done a wonderful job of imitating a 12 year old boy, and I think my studentrs will relate to him. The only weak spot I found may be in some of the language he uses while describing the stock market.
tnelson725 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Sequoyah Winning book by Gary Paulsen tells the story of Lawn Boy, who is given a lawn mower by his grandmother for his twelfth birthday and it changes his life. His second day in business he already has eight jobs. One client, Arnold, pays Lawn Boy in stock-market account and business advice. Lawn Boy soon has fifteen employees, a partner, and a lot of money invested.I loved this story and thought it would be a particularly great story for boys. It was a great "rags to riches" story that children will find enjoyable.In the classroom, I would have students (as groups of three or four) create an idea of another business that they would be interested in. They would make a presentation to the class, explaining why their classmates should hire them.
hrrivera44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two students were able to give an account of the general story, but without much detail. So, I read it and found out that the finanacial terms in the book went over my head, but probably it completly buggle them. Short story easy to read. If making a profit was ever so simple. I remember that I once had a dream to make a mowing grass business myself.
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quick and highly entertaining book about 12-year-old boy whose grandmother gives him a riding lawnmower for his birthday. People start asking him to mow their lawns, and in very short order he has a business and is making serious money. The premise works because he is guided by a neighbor who explains what he needs to do next every time he gets more business than he can handle -- then even invests his money and has incredible success. The boy is generally overwhelmed with every new development, but manages to follow along. Lots of the events are designed with boys in mind.
lcherylc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Oprah Winfrey can learn a thing or two from this kid! One summer, his grandmother decides to buy him a lawn mower for his birthday and he starts mowing lawns. One job leads to another and he stumbles upon a new client, Arnold the stockbroker, who starts turns his summer job into a lawn mowing empire with employees, stock options, and a prizefighter. This book brought me back to my college days in Business School learning about capitalism and the law of supply and demand. I listened to the audiobook and Tom Parks is a great narrator. This book is recommended for grades 3-5.
bostonfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
personally i didn't think it was all that funny. Mostly it talked about how to spend money or how to start a buissness.
Jarod.jleo6413 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a 12-year-old boy who was broke. His grandma gave him his grandpa's old lawn mower. So he decided to mow some lawns to get some more money. Then once he started mowing some people's lawns more people wanted their lawns mowed. Then one day a man named Arnold wanted his lawn mowed so then he decided to mow Arnold's lawn. Arnold was a stoke broker and he said he could teach him about many things and also how to get more money. Then after he had met Arnold and they had talked about the things that Arnold would teach him. Arnold started investing in him and other things. One of the other things that Arnold was investing in was Joey Pow the prizefighter. Then after that his summer started to get more and more interesting and he started earning more and more money.I gave this book a four star rating. I gave it a four star rating because I liked how the author wrote the story and just the story itself. I liked the story becuase it is about a boy how was broke and just wanted to make some money but then ended up making a lot more money then he had planned. I also like how he came to making more money and the people he met and worked with. I also liked that the mowing lawns turned into a business and he started making lots of money. But I didn't like that he had trouble with his business and friends. I also like how the story happened though. I liked that he just started as some a boy trying to make some money but then started making more and more money then turning mowing lawns into a business and making thousands of dollars in just a few weeks.
mrmcfluff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was very enjoyable to read. It was cool how this ordinary kid got a lawn mower for his birthday and has this company,a wrestler, and a ton of cash. How cool would that be?