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Payback on Poplar Lane by Margaret Mincks (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Jan 05, 2018 at 4:36pm

Would you like to have your own business? Well, Peter Gronkowski has his own business, Peter Presents Inc. He decides to do a fortune telling business with the help of an intern, Rachel Chambers. When Rachel gets fired, she decides to set up her own business, as competition to Peter’s. When Peter starts to sell rocks, she makes El Dorado a city of Pyrite. When everybody starts to go to her, Peter buys all the Pyrite at the Children’s museum, where Rachel gets her Pyrite. But then Rachel spray paints rocks gold and says they’re real gold so everybody goes to her still. Both of them have got their hands dirty, now how will they get them clean again?

One thing I liked about this book was that both Rachel and Peter were very competitive. But even though they wanted to win I don’t think they should have cheated. At first I didn’t really like Peter because he was so arrogant, selfish, and a liar, he pretended to talk with Tom Reddy, he lied that truth tonic was a family recipe, and other things. But I liked how he changed at the end. I think this book teaches you a good lesson.

- Jiyoo, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Payback on Poplar Lane will be available January 30.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

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"This is the funniest book I've read in years."--Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mr. Lemoncello seriesABC's Shark Tank meets The Terrible Two when a pair of sixth grade entrepreneurs compete to become top mogul on their block.Twelve-year-old Peter Gronkowski prides himself on being a professional businessman. Tired of the clichéd lemonade stands that line his block, he decides to start a better business with the help of an intern. But his intern of choice, the quiet and writerly Rachel Chambers, turns out to be more than he bargained for. Rachel is innovative, resourceful, driven--and when she's had enough of Peter's overbearing management style, she decides to start a competing empire next door. As their rivalry and sabotage tactics become more outrageous--Slander! Espionage! Lemonade threats!--Peter and Rachel ultimately learn the hard way that "nothing gold can stay" and that friendship is more important than money.Alternating perspectives reveal what really motivates each character to win. And Peter's memos and "business tips" as well as excerpts from Rachel's melodramatic novel-in-progress generate fresh hilarity and tension at every page turn. Payback on Poplar Lane is a pitch-perfect comedy with heart, reminiscent of your favorite classic middle-grade series.