February 1, 2018
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Dear Reader, 
ABC's  Shark Tank meets The Terrible Two when a pair of sixth grade entrepreneurs compete to become top mogul on their block in Margaret Mincks' debut novel, PAYBACK ON POPLAR LANE.

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

Ages 8-12 / Middle-Grade Fiction / Viking Children's Books

Win a copy of PAYBACK ON POPLAR LANE by debut author Margaret Mincks. Enter to win at the publisher's website.
Dear Reader,
Looking for a hilarious book with heart, featuring an ensemble cast of memorable, mischievous characters? PAYBACK ON POPLAR LANE is right up your alley (or cul-de-sac)!
In PAYBACK ON POPLAR LANE, twelve-year-old entrepreneur Peter Gronkowski battles against his neighbor and former unpaid intern, Rachel Chambers. In a cul-de-sac war waged with scandals, sabotage, and cryptic lemonade threats, who will emerge victorious? 
Happy reading!

Margaret Mincks

Book reviews:

"PAYBACK ON POPLAR LANE should be rated 5 stars by The Funny Business Bureau. This is the funniest book I've read in years."
-Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mr. Lemoncello series

"A comical yet compassionate story of two determined, quirky characters who misstep big time on the ladder to success."
-Lee Wardlaw, author of bestselling book, 101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR PARENTS
Discussion questions:
  1. How are Peter and Rachel alike? How are they different?
  2. How do Peter and Rachel change throughout the story? How did your feelings about them change?
  3. Which character did you relate to more: Peter or Rachel? Why?
  4. How is the setting of the Poplar Lane cul-de-sac important to the book?
  5. Did the book change your thoughts or feelings about what it means to be successful? How?
Curriculum Connections: Entrepreneurship, business, socio-economic status, how we define success

To learn more about author Margaret Mincks, her book, and how to connect with her, visit her website. You can also view the author's  YouTube video about her book and what inspired it.

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