Paulsen, Gary. Lawn Boy. On his twelfth birthday he is broke and bored, and his grandmother gives him an old riding lawnmower. Before long he’s working everyday making $20.00 a lawn and he becomes The Lawn Boy. Then, Arnold the stockbroker comes into his life. The next thing he knows he’s got a crew working for him, he’s rich and one of his investments is the contract of prizefighter, Joey Pow. No more boring summer. Other books that have one or more of these connective threads: entrepreneurs, humor, and summer break. Bernstein, Daryl. Better Than a Lemonade Stand: Small Business Ideas for Kids. Written by a fifteen year old, the author discusses 51 of his favorite small business ideas for kids. Blume, Judy. Double Fudge. His younger brother’s obsession with money and the discovery of long-lost cousins Flora and Fauna provide many embarrassing moments for twelve-year-old Peter. Cellini Linecker, Adelia. What Color is Your Piggy Bank? Entrepreneurial Ideas for Self-Staring Kids. This practical guide for young entrepreneurs begins with a discussion of the world of jobs, how to set up shop and ends with a section on managing money. Cooney, Doug. The Beloved Dearly. In order to make some extra money, junior entrepreneur Ernie Castellano begins a funeral business for pets, but it’s only when the business becomes personal does he learn that there’s more to work than money. Cooney, Doug. I Know Who Likes You. Ernie’s entrepreneurial instincts continue in this companion volume to The Beloved Dearly when he decides to open a charm school to help his friend Swimming Pool. Delacroix, Alice. How to Survive a Totally Boring Summer. This is Randall’s first summer vacation in a new town and he’s afraid it will be a boring one. However, with the help of his best friend Max, he creates the Chess Squad which relieves the boredom and eventually brings the community together. Dooling, Michael. Young Thomas Edison. From the light bulb to the phonograph to the movies, Thomas Edison was the mastermind behind many inventions that are taken for granted today. But how did he grow up to be a legendary inventor? Gantos, Jack. Jack on the Tracks. Moving with his unbearable sister to Miami, Jack tries to break some of his bad habits but finds himself irresistibly drawn to things disgusting, gross and weird. Gordon, Amy. The Gorillas of Gill Park. While spending the summer before seventh grade with his aunt, Willy Wilson finds his first friends ever in the colorful characters who all love the neighborhood park owned by an eccentric old man. Gutman, Dan. The Get Rich Quick Club. In the days of tabloids, students will enjoy this story of how Gina and four of her friends intend to become millionaires over the summer by selling pictures of UFO’s to the “magazines”. Kiefer, Jeanne. Jobs for Kids: A Smart Kid’s Q&A Guide. The author discusses all aspects of earning money in a kid friendly question and answer format. Loewen, Nancy. Lemons and Lemonade: A Book About Supply and Demand. A young girl named Karly opens a lemonade stand on a hot summer day and learns firsthand such business concepts as capital, supply and demand, gross and net profit, the market, monopolies and competition, discounts, and partnerships. Merrill, Jean. The Toothpaste Millionaire. A young girl describes how her school friend made over a million dollars by creating and marketing a cheaper and better toothpaste. Park, Barbara. Skinnybones. Alex’s sense of humor helps him to get along in the world. Paulsen, Gary. Alida’s Song. A fourteen-year-old boy who has been neglected by his parents spends a wonderful summer on a farm where his grandmother cooks for two elderly brothers. Paulsen, Gary. Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day. When supremely organized seventh grader Molly McGinty loses the notebook she relies on to keep her life in order, she spends the day in chaos. Raatma, Lucia. Levi Strauss. This biography introduces Levi Strauss, a Bavarian Jew who immigrated to the US in 1847 and became a very successful businessman and philanthropist after inventing blue jeans. Rancic, Bill. Beyond the Lemonade Stand: Starting Small to Make it Big! “Apprentice” winner Bill Rancic offers advice to kids on how to start a business and make it a success, and includes tips from celebrities such as Donald Trump as well as stories from youthful entrepreneurs. Rockwell, Thomas. How to Eat Fried Worms. Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal. Spinelli, Eileen. Summerhouse Time. This free verse novel tells of eleven-year-old Eileen’s annual trip to her family’s summerhouse. This year, things are not the way she remembers them from previous years.
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