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Payback on Poplar Lane

by Mincks, Margaret (Author)

ISBN: 9780425290903

This is the funniest book I've read in years.

-Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mr. Lemoncello series

ABC'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 cliched 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.

Series Overview: The Poplar Kids: a middle grade series following the sixth graders of Poplar Lane and Poplar Middle School.

Age Range: From 8 to 12

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers, January 2018

Product Dimensions: 7.8 L × 5.6 W × 1.1 H

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