|Payback on Poplar Lane (Poplar kids)|
Author: Mincks, Margaret
[1st book] A friendly neighborhood business competition between sixth-graders Rachel Chambers, so quiet she is practically invisible, and Peter S. Gronkowski, future mogul, turns into a ruthless rivalry.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.80
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 195835
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 75791
Kirkus Reviews (12/01/17)
School Library Journal (01/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 Gr 4–6—Peter and Rachel live in the same cul-de-sac on Poplar Lane with lots of other young folks. Peter is an aspiring entrepreneur at age 11 who starts a new business almost every week. He's interested in business both as a profession and to help his family; his father recently lost his job. Rachel is quiet and an aspiring writer. She's working on a book called Cyrano's Revenge based on Cyrano de Bergerac, with whom she shares many attributes; Rachel's best friend Clover often speaks for her and gets the credit for Rachel's funny quips, earning Rachel the unenviable nickname "Puppet." When Peter hires Rachel as his (unpaid) intern in his newest business venture, Rachel proves to be a creative and resourceful entrepreneur. Peter doesn't appreciate her, however, so Rachel quits. When the two start competing businesses, Rachel's success gets under Peter's skin and soon both take drastic measures to stay on top. Mincks depicts the cul-de-sac's children and their antics in comedic tones. Readers will sympathize with Rachel but will come to understand Peter. The book is an easy read with short chapters alternating points of view. Peter's sections are interspersed with business tips and basic economic terms are introduced naturally in the text. The two main characters are white, though the cover illustration implies that some of the secondary characters are non-white. A sequel is planned. VERDICT An entertaining read perfect for reluctant readers or for fans of Gary Paulsen's Lawn Boy.—Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, MA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 01/01/2018 Twelve-year-old Peter Gronkowski knows he’s Poplar Lane’s resident business professional: founder, CEO, CFO, and COO of Peter Presents, Inc. To increase his impact, he hires his first unpaid intern, neighbor and classmate Rachel Chambers, a quiet girl who dreams of being a writer. When Peter’s constant demands and claims to Rachel’s creativity drive her to break away and start a competing business, war is declared. As the stakes escalate, both middle-schoolers resort to tactics that prove disastrous and eventually force them to examine their own conduct and motives. Set in a microcosm where everything is Poplar this and Poplar that, each kid plays an important role—entrepreneur, blogger, comic magician for hire, artist—yielding humorous situations, relationships, and outcomes. Peppered with exclusive business tips and Rachel’s work in progress (Cyrano’s Revenge), this series debut provides plenty of laugh-out-loud bits, told in alternating chapters by the competitors. Eventually, Peter and Rachel learn that there are different interpretations of success, that business and friendship require work, and that saying you’re sorry isn’t unprofessional. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.