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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Paulsen Narrator: Tom Parks Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781423395928
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One day I was twelve years old and broke. I set out to mow some lawns with Grandpa’s old riding mower. One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about: the beauty of capitalism. Supply and demand. Diversifying labor. Distributing the wealth. “It’s groovy, man,” Arnold said.

The grass grew, and so did business. Arnold invested my money in many things. One of them was a prizefighter. All of a sudden I was the sponsor of my very own fighter, Joey Pow. That’s when my twelfth summer got really interesting.

Gary Paulsen’s comic story about a summer job becomes a slapstick lesson in business as one boy turns a mountain of grass into a mountain of cash.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan | 2/19/2014

    " I read this in 6th grade but I remember that I loved it. It was really short, but I finished it in time to do my book report on it! It was so great. If anyone is looking for a quick read, this 90 page book would be perfect! It was really, really good! :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 2/15/2014

    " reading with my boys ... funny, cute, great 'boys read'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kattilman Katwon | 2/10/2014

    " every pay him for mowing there lawn "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 2/9/2014

    " Cute kids book. My son and I enjoyed it. It's a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Wolf | 2/3/2014

    " Lawn Boy is about a boy that get's a lawn mower for his birthday from his grandpa. Then he mow's his lawn and the neighbor asks him to mow his. The neighbor pays him twenty dollars mowing his lawn. Then his other neighbor has him mow his lawn and he makes 60.00 dollars a week. Then he starts mowing everyones lawn and he hates it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oryan | 2/3/2014

    " It was a good book. Im happy that i learned about economics in my civics class through this book. i would have read this book again then redoing economics "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frances | 2/2/2014

    " A very fast read, though the vocab and math ideas are pretty sophisticated, so I'm not sure it's a shoo-in for reluctant readers. There's not a lot of character development or even plot (as you might imagine given the short length). It's more a book centered around an idea, a "what if." It's fun, but I'm not quite sure who it appeals to... it's one of those books where I'd have to get kids' reactions. Could be good in a school setting to talk about math and economics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amadou | 1/10/2014

    " i like this because it really good it make me want to have a jod "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roben | 12/31/2013

    " Laugh out loud funny. I read snippets to my 18 year old and he enjoyed it also. Especially Joey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nicole | 12/21/2013

    " the best book we've read in MFC so far. describes capitalism in an easily digestible manner for middle grade readers - but they'll never realize that's what they're learning unless they read the chapter titles! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan West | 12/10/2013

    " Definatly HATE this book, it just didnt grip my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Brownlee | 12/3/2013

    " My son loved this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyler Golden | 11/25/2013

    " funny book nope its stupid "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 11/24/2013

    " Listen to this on cd. Very quick and a bit different from other Gary Paulsen books I have read, but I enjoyed it. Will probably read the sequel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Asiri Samarasekera | 10/1/2013

    " A fun book to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lia Tan | 9/29/2013

    " I read this book back in fourth grade and thought it was funny. I read it again just recently and thought it was hilarious. Although some parts did seem a bit too lucky and unrealistic, it was still humorous and entertaining to read. I'm glad I decided to reread this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jessica chen | 9/5/2013

    " its a bit booring. i wonder whos characters perspective this's is. its all about money, and their systems. i love money, but their system is so so so so booring!!! i never wanna be a bank worker "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Roberts | 6/26/2013

    " Cute, cute, CUTE book about capitalism as experienced by a 12yo boy. Reading it to my 9yo. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ⓛeah ✿εїз✾ | 12/29/2012

    " This is about a boy who tries to become rich by mowing lawns "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kandyce Barber | 8/29/2012

    " A quick story for boys. Great plot with some relevant stocks and bonds information. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kit | 6/2/2012

    " Normally I'm not a Gary Paulson fan, but this book reads as if Paulson has been reading a bunch of Janet Evanovich novels and then wrote a middle-grade novel. It's hilarous! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Siwinski | 3/6/2012

    " I like how the kid got so much money off a cheap tractor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mee-wee | 2/8/2012

    " I though this was a great book. It was humorous and it also had moments of suspense. I loved the characters. I have also heard the sequel is good, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan Sprester | 1/28/2012

    " Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee for this year. This book would be great for teaching the stock market and economics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mlucyk123 | 1/20/2012

    " I loved it. I felt like it related to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 11/13/2011

    " Just when I started to think that the list for the 2010 Battle of the Books was superb, I read this book. It was ok. I can't really say more than that. I really thought there would be more of a plot. I expected more from the author of "Hatchet". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Venus | 6/3/2011

    " The perfect little book to teach about entrepreneurship, stocks & bands, running a business, and how to invest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Analisa | 5/11/2011

    " Since we have our own lawn mowing business, we decided to read this as a family. It was a quick, easy read and especially Joseph was on the edge of his seat wanting to keep reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. George | 4/25/2011

    " Economics never read so good. Love this book for its humor and subliminal teaching of economics that adults and kids will love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mee-wee | 4/20/2011

    " I though this was a great book. It was humorous and it also had moments of suspense. I loved the characters. I have also heard the sequel is good, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nolanw | 4/19/2011

    " I finished this book and it was amazing yet it's kind of weird having a mafia in a kids book.You should read this book it's short but worth your time I thought this book should be 5 stars. The man who wrote the book normally writes about the wild or his life but this was a good change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/17/2011

    " A quick, funny read. Some of the economics and stock market terms might be over the heads of the intended readers. NYRA 2011 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 4/16/2011

    " This was a very quick,witty,and altogether enjoyable book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jtepke | 4/1/2011

    " Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen is a very good book overall. The book is a fiction novel written for young teenagers but anyone can read this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 3/30/2011

    " This was a histarical read! So different from the other books that I have read by Paulsen. Perfect for about the third or fourth grade reading level! Would make a good read aloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 3/24/2011

    " This was a quick one, I liked it though, thought it was cute. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyler | 3/21/2011

    " funny book nope its stupid
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Longo | 3/18/2011

    " This book is about a boy who gets an old riding lawnmower from his grandfather. He starts his own business and learns a lot on the way. This is recommended for everyone, and really good for someone interested in a short book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anyelika | 3/13/2011

    " Quite confusing, it was a decent book...I don't think the ending was exactly complete however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/6/2011

    " It took some time to get into but the second half of the book was much better than the beginning. Hope the second one will keep the pace! "

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About the Author
Author Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor Books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the ALA for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature. He divides his time between his home in Alaska, his ranch in New Mexico, and his sailboat on the Pacific Ocean

About the Narrator

Tom Parks is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator who has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, in 2010 and 2013. He has been involved in recording audiobooks and voice-overs for over thirty years and through an eclectic range of projects. In addition to performing and directing, he is also an active musician, drumming in musical theater productions in the Midwest, and is in demand as a conference speaker.