When I was about seven, and heavily influenced by Encyclopedia Brown, I opened my first business. I've never been one for short business names, and "Dane's Detective Agency" was no different. I put a cardboard sign on my bike and rode around the neighborhood looking for cases. My marketing program was unsuccessful, and I never did find a case, but I did learn that I was more interested in the business side of detective work than in the investigation. This first foray into entrepreneurship set me on a path that's led me to today.
Since then, I've always enjoyed reading stories about child entrepreneurs and my next favorite business book of 2007 is a juvenile, libertarian romp about a twelve-year old boy who single-handily revives the economy of a struggling upstate New York community by breaking every labor law, food service regulation and IRS dictation on the books.
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East River Press's description of the book after the jump.
Twelve-year-old Mark Hoffman disrespects authority, cuts class at every opportunity, and suspects he knows better than nearly every adult in Walton, New York. He may be right–he is, after all, one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the community. As the co-founder of the phenomenally popular Desserts Express, Mark and his hilarious friends just might revitalize their dying hometown, if only the grown-ups would stop arresting them and shutting down their businesses.
The Walton Street Tycoons is a young adult novel about the friendships and misadventures of an extraordinary group of pre-teen capitalists. Mark and his friends confront the challenges of a corrupt small-town government, condescending teachers and parents, and the onset of girl trouble. Themes of freedom and individualism underscore a fast-paced, humorous narrative filled with food fights, practical jokes and the quest for a perfect day of fishing.