The Toothpaste Millionaire

by Jean Merrill

Likable, clever, and inventive sixth-graders Rufus Mayflower and Kate MacKinstrey develop and sell toothpaste to become millionaires in just one year!

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780618759255
  • ISBN-10: 0618759255
  • Pages: 144
  • Publication Date: 09/04/2006
  • Carton Quantity: 36
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    Sixth-grader Rufus Mayflower doesn't set out to become a millionaire. He just wants to save on toothpaste. Betting he can make a gallon of his own for the same price as one tube from the store, Rufus develops a step-by-step production plan with help from his good friend Kate MacKinstrey. By the time he reaches the eighth grade, Rufus makes more than a gallon—he makes a million! This fun, breezy story set in 1960s Cleveland, Ohio contains many real-life mathematical problems which the characters must solve to succeed in their budding business. Includes black-and-white illustrations by Jan Palmer.

    This edition includes an exclusive author interview and reader's guide with book summary and discussion questions.

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  • Reviews
    "Merrill's idealistic construct of how to succeed in business without really trying functions both as a light story and as an explication of free enterprise mechanics." -- Booklist, ALA

    "The illustrations are engaging, the style is light, the project interesting -- and Rufus a believable genius." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    "Breezy and fast-moving." -- The Horn Book

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