|After he is given his grandfathers old lawnmower and begins mowing lawns to earn a bit of money, a twelve-year-old boy is greatly changed as his business grows, he meets a financial adviser, and he makes a good investment in a prizefighter named Joey Pow. *Author: Paulsen, Gary *Publication Date: 2007/06/12 *Number of Pages: 96 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 7.75|
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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.
Gary Paulsen is the author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor Books.
"Except perhaps for not being quite gross enough, Paulsen has mastered the very hard trick of sounding exactly like a 12-year-old without being either cute or condescending." - Charles McGrath 8/12/2007 "When it comes to telling funny stories about boys, no one surpasses Paulsen, and here he is in top form." 4/15/2007