Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
Prepare yourself for a wild lawnmower ride! Our 12-year-old protagonist is flat broke, until his grandmother gives him his grandfather’s old rider lawnmower. He uses it to start a very small lawnmowing business, but demand is high and the business grows faster than anyone can understand. Soon he finds himself with employees, a financial manager, and his summer has become far more busy and profitable than he could ever imagine.
Paulsen does a wonderful job of fusing humor, great eccentric characters and finance into a perfectly short story. The writing is tight, funny and a joy to read.
This book is a quick and short 88 pages. It is ideal for reluctant readers who will enjoy the pacing, the topic and the length. Also recommended for willing readers who will enjoy it as well.