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