Tales to Tickle the Funnybone
Lawn Boy Returns
Gary Paulsen's funny follow-up to Lawn Boy is full of big surprises and big laughs.
Lawn Boy says: The summer I was twelve, mowing lawns with Grandpa's old riding mower turned into big business. With advice from Arnold the stockbroker, I learned all about making money.
Six weeks and hundred of thousands of dollars later, life got more complicated. You see, the prizefighter I sponsor, Joey Pow, won a big fight. And a TV interview made me famous. As Arnold says, "Capitalism plus publicity equals monster commerce." Even my best friends wanted a piece of the action. Meanwhile, some scary guys showed up at Joey's gym. . .
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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.
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The Amazing Life
The Nineteen-Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech
Doo Doo Rules!
I’m Duane. Duane Homer Leech. Don’t ask.
I’m 12. And one week. What I want to know is, where is this
whole puberty thing going? So far it’s just something put
on earth to destroy me.
And I don’t have a clue what’s coming next.
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Has a Really Good Day
Learned her wacky grandma was coming to spend the day at school
Lost her Notebook with Everything that Matters in it, including
Got a black eye.
Tore her skirt.
And it’s only 9 a.m.
Could things get any worse?
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The Glass Cafe:
Or the Stripper and the State; How My Mother Started a War with
the System That Made Us Kind of Rich and a Little Bit Famous
Twelve-year-old Tony and his mother, Al, get along great. Al works
nights as an exotic dancer at the Kitty Kat Club, and together they
are a family. When Tony discovers the beauty and power of art, his
drawings of dancers at the Kitty Kat Club spark attention from social
services. Are they pornographic drawings or artistic sketches? Is
Al a responsible mother making money for her family, a skilled storyteller,
or a woman simply taking off her clothes? It’s the case of
the stripper vs. the state, and Al isn’t giving up Tony without
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The Boy Who
Owned the School
Jacob Freisten's goal in life is to go about unnoticed. He's
perfect at gliding past the jocks' lockers and sneaking into his
English class. That was, until now. If Jacob wants to pass English,
he must work for extra credit on the stage crew of the school production
of The Wizard of Oz.
Jacob, who is usually in a fog anyway, has the the job of running
the fog machine. The problem is that Maria Tresser, the girl of
his dreams, is cast as the Wicked Witch. Jacob's already made a
fool of himself in front of Maria. How can he face her again?
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The Schernoff Discoveries
Harold Schernoff, 14-year-old science whiz and social nerd,
has a theory for every problem, from dating, to bullies, to making
money, to sports, to how to buy a car when you're underage. When
he and his buddy team up to put his theories to the test, nothing
goes according to plan. A ski lesson becomes: Mass x Acceleration
x Slope of hill = eeeAAGGHHH. As for first dates, only Harold could
mastermind such disaster. Only Harold could go fishing and get caught
by the fish. And only Gary Paulsen could write such a wonderfully
funny story of friendship.
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