Synopses & Reviews
It seemed so logical at first. Fourteen-year-old Lenny Cyrus had loved Zooey Andrews since third grade. All the boy genius needed to do to win her heart, surely, was shrink down to the size of an amoeba, ooze into a gelatin capsule, and have his friend Harlan slip it (him!) into Zooeyand#8217;s Diet Coke. Told in three voices, this fantastical middle grade novel takes Lenny deep into Zooeyand#8217;s loud, splashing innards, where a talking astrovirus named Astro has a bad attitude about white blood cells (and#8220;self-righteous pus-bagsand#8221;) and aromatic hormones disco dance. The question is, will Lenny and Zooey survive his crazy experiment in nanotechnology?
"'At the start of this witty, quick-moving tale from the Newbery author, a 12-year-old receives an unexpected birthday present from his grandmother: his late grandfather's riding lawn mower. Since his family's lawn is postage-stamp size with grass that 'never seemed to grow enough to need mowing,' he's initially unsure what to do with the machine. But he soon realizes that he can earn money mowing neighbors' lawns perhaps even enough to buy a new inner tube for his bike. As the young entrepreneur's lawn-mowing business booms, he sees green in more ways than one, making enough money to buy countless inner tubes and learning a lesson about capitalism and investing. His teacher, a colorful ex-hippie named Arnold, is a down-on-his-luck stockbroker who brokers a barter deal with the lad, offering to invest his earnings for him in exchange for grass-cutting services. Repeatedly remarking how 'groovy' Lawn Boy's success is, Arnold instructs his young pal in the rules of the business road, humorously reflected in Paulsen's chapter titles (such as 'Capital Growth Coupled with the Principles of Production Expansion' and 'Conflict Resolution and Its Effects on Economic Policy'). Adding further wry dimension to the plot are a tough-talking thug who threatens to take over the kid's business, the prize fighter whom Arnold (through another investment) arranges for Lawn Boy to sponsor, and the boy's delightfully and deceptively dotty grandmother, who gets the novel's sage last line: 'You know, dear, Grandpa always said, take care of your tools and they'll take care of you.' Readers will find this madcap story a wise investment of their time. Ages 10-up. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The action is fast, furious, and even funny for middle-schoolers with strong stomachs and fond memories of similar journeys on Ms. Frizzle's Magic School Bus."
and#8212;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Schreiber alternates among Lenny, Harlan, and Zooey's perspectives in short, taut, action-packed chapters with cliffhanger endings."
"There is so much here to enjoy."
"With perfect timing, the story slides between typical middle-school scenes and Lenny's fantastic microscopic journey, balancing clever, wise-guy repartee with gut-wrenching tension."
When a 12-year-old boy revs up his grandparents old riding lawnmower, he quickly learns about the beauty of capitalism, in this latest novel by the acclaimed author of "The Legend of Bass Reeves" and "The Time Hackers."
In this fast-paced middle gradeand#160;noveland#160;with comic illustrations, boy genius Lenny Cyrus finds out that the human body is basically just like middle school, only a lot ickier.
About the Author
Joe Schreiber is the New York Times bestselling author of adult novels Death Troopers, Chasing the Dead, and Eat the Dark. His other novels for young people include, the critically acclaimed Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, Perry's Killer Playlist,andnbsp;and Lenny Cyrus, School Virus.andnbsp;He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and children.