Friday, June 29, 2018

Payback on Poplar Lane by Margaret Mincks - ESSENTIAL

Payback on Poplar Lane by Margaret Mincks, 315 pages. Viking (Penguin), 2018. $17.

Language: G ( 0 swears 0'f'); Mature Content: G; Violence:G.



Peter Gronkowski is a middle school businessman, always looking for the next entreprenurial idea, but when he decides to take on an intern, and his next door neighbor Rachel is the best candidate, Peter needs to learn that the cut throat attitudes of a rising businessman might not be the best way to keep friends. Rachel is tired of being shy and invisible, so when Peter offers her the job of intern, she is excited to finally be picked for something, but when she resents doing almost all the work for no pay, and Peter fires her, she doesn't get mad, she gets even! 

This was a great stand alone novel! Told in alternating perspectives (Peter's and Rachel's) the rivalry that gets out of hand was both sad and hilarious. Peter's desperation is perfectly countered with Rachel's surprise at suddenly being popular. I think upper elementary students would relate and would really love this book. Middle school students would enjoy the story, but the characters are a bit young.

 Lisa Librarian

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