>by Gary Paulsen
Flat Broke, the theory, practice and destructive properties of greed is the companion book to Paulsen’s Liar, Liar. When 14 year old Kevin loses his allowance for a week, he finds all kinds of “business opportunities” around him. Kevin starts up several poker games, a garage cleaning business, and figures out how to cash in on his sister’s hairdressing skills. He recruits friends and family to help him with his schemes, which are very successful to begin with. But things get out of hand, and Kevin finds that his get rich quick schemes get him into trouble quick too.
This should appeal to elementary age boys, even reluctant readers. The pace is fast and funny, and Kevin is an appealing con artist–oops, I mean businessman!
reviewed by Victoria