Let’s Get Down to Business with Anyone 11 and Younger

Payback on Poplar Lane by Margaret Mincks, the perfect business insider that could help any young entrepreneur. This book is written in the point of view of two people aspiring to be the best business in their town, or more importantly their cul-de-sac and with their "expertise" in this field, they could guide anyone below the age of 11.


Everyone gets yet another invitation to one of Peter Gronkowski’s future presentations. Just like all the others in the cul-de-sac, Rachel Chambers goes to with her friend Clover. The best cupcakes are going to be given out at the get together at the price of writing an essay to become an employee for Peter’s company, Peter Presents, Inc., not everyone is up to do so. Rachel has a gift for writing, but she doesn’t know if she wants to be an intern. Clover isn’t big on writing, although her she loves to draw so she decides to draw a picture for her essay. Rachel glumly thinks that Clover will win one more thing just like she won everything else. Rachel would have no chance to win the contest if Clover entered. At the last moment, she changes her mind and does enter the competition. When it comes time to announce who is going to be the new intern, everybody is filled with anticipation. No one could believe Rachel Chambers, a shadow won.

The new intern was ready to start the first day of the rest of her life. Rachel was happy with her new job until she learned the dark secrets of what her boss actually does. She learns what a liar and a cheater Peter is, but she has no idea he is doing this to help his family get back on their feet. This makes Rachel determined to be better than that. It’s time for payback.

This novel teaches many kids about the real life of work in a friendly way. There are many ways to learn more about fighting for what you believe in, that there are many sides to people, and that everybody can shine in their own way, which is shown in this book. The cool thing about this novel is that it has different perspectives. This helps the reader to understand more about each character. I completed this book fairly quickly since it was an easy read. If you are over the age of 11 this may not be the best book for you considering it isn’t that challenging to read, it has a predictable plot and that the story itself is directed to younger kids in my opinion. I would recommend checking it out from the library because it isn’t a book that many people could read over and over again. Whenever someone reads this they will take something different away from the book based on their age.