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Flat Broke


Flat Broke is the companion to the middle-grade comedic novel Liar, Liar by Gary Paulsen.

Fourteen-year-old Kevin is reformed liar. He used to lie about everything. Sure, he did it for the betterment of mankind - but things kinda got out of hand. And he got caught. Now, as a punishment for all the lying, Kevin has no allowance. No allowance equals no funds to impress Tina, his fellow eighth grader - and now object of his affection and attention. She is, after all, the World's Most Beautiful Girl. How can he possibly ask her out on a date without money?

Being a smart, innovative young man Kevin decides to get creative and take things into his own hands. He will start earning money by creating his own little company and rake in profits that will be the envy of Bill Gates himself. Can that really be so hard?

Of course - nothing Kevin does is ever as simple as he thinks. And he ends in a variety of mix-ups and errors that provide much comic relief.

In Flat Broke we are reintroduced to Kevin, whose lively, personality-filled character was a standout for me. I was very happy to know we were going to return to him, because he is absolutely hilarious! His new ambition of making money and impressing Tina is only a starting point to a whip-fast, smile-inducing, crazy fun, extremely thin novel! Plus, Gary Paulsen continues to fill out the book until bursting with bright, happy, creative secondary characters that are still somehow realistic.

I want more of Kevin and his growing pains! I loved every lighthearted, laugh-out-loud moment and look forward to witnessing more of his insane, yet kind of brilliant, schemes.

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