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Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed

Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed

Kevin, star of Liar, Liar, returns with a cash flow problem this time. His parents have cut off his allowance since the lying episodes and his part time jobs have dried up. Now there is a dance coming up at school and Kevin would love to take the beautiful blonde, Tina.

How will he get the cash to buy the tickets for the dance? Kevin's first foray into business is to set up some poker games - he gets a cut of the winnings for being the logistics guy. Appetite whetted, Kevin goes in search of bigger game.

Using the occasional bathroom humor and thinking like a 14 year old, Gary Paulsen entertains while he empowers his character to risk. Clearly Kevin is a big idea man whose time just has not come. Meanwhile he's developing one entrepreneurial adventure after another and eventually he's moved into the catering business, the hair waxing business and the jewelry business. Think he's going to make his first million any time soon?

128 pages               978-0385740029                               Ages 10-13

Keywords:  humor, entrepreneur, crush, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, sequel

Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

Editor's note: This is the sequel to Liar, Liar


Kevin struggled to overcome his knack for lying in Liar, Liar, but now Kev is broke, and he's got to find a way to make money. He's in for another round of mayhem and misunderstandings in this financial comedy of errors. In Kevin, Gary Paulsen has created an appealing teen boy character who is just as human and fallible as his readers.---from the publisher


As a punishment for lying, Kevin has lost his allowance. He doesn’t lie now, but he’s broke. He’s got to find a way to make money. Lots of it, so he can impress Tina Zabinski, the World’s Most Beautiful Girl, and ask her on a date. So Kevin gets creative - and his life becomes a financial comedy of errors. Does he really have what it takes to get filthy rich at age fourteen?

In Gary Paulsen’s hilarious follow-up to Liar, Liar, Kevin’s schemes lead him into situations that are sweet, some that are sticky, and some that are downright stinky.---from the publisher

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