The Toothpaste Millionaire

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 129 pages
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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 35th anniversary edition includes an exclusive author interview and reader's guide with book summary and discussion questions.

 

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User Review  - visionary_damsel - LibraryThing

This was an excellent book, with plenty of drama and excitement. The basic plot is that a boy and his (girl) friend start a toothpaste business. Along the way, "standard" toothpaste corporate ... Read full review

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User Review  - staram - LibraryThing

I read this (in hardcover) as an 11-year-old in the seemingly-forbidden halls of the local secondary school's library. This is THE book to charge a kid's minds with visions of entrepreneurship. There ... Read full review

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Contents

My Friend Rufus
1
Two Notes from Rufus
7
Toothpaste and Eye Shadow
13
Peppermint Clove Vanilla Curry or Almond?
18
Another Nice Thing About Rufus
22
Another Math Problem
25
The Joe Smiley Show
28
In Which I Become a Stockholder
35
The Trouble with Adults
71
An Exception to the Rule About Adults
79
Toothpaste 1
84
The Absolutely Honest Commercial
89
The Toothpaste War
97
A Movie Script by Mac Kinstrey
101
The Blowup
109
The Board of Directors
115

With a Little Help from My Brother James
41
A Gross Mistake
47
7200 Toothpaste Tubes
55
The Toothpaste Machine
58
Hector and the Happy Lips Plant
64
Rufus Retires
117
INTERVIEW WITH JEAN MERRILL
121
READERS GUIDE
127
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About the author (2006)

Jean Merrill is the award-winning author of over thirty books for children, including The Superlative Horse, The Black Sheep, and the wellknown satirical novel The Pushcart War.

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