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Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire

Written by Sundee T. Frazier

Illustrated by Jennifer L. Meyer

Cleopatra Edison Oliver has always been an entrepreneur, just like her inspiration, successful businesswoman Fortune A. Davies. So when Cleo's fifth-grade teacher assigns her class a "Passion Project," Cleo comes up with her best business idea yet: the finest "tooth-pulling" company in town. With the help of her best friend Caylee, a Nerf gun, her dad's tablet, and her patented Persuasion Power, Cleo's Quick and Painless Tooth Removal Service starts to take off.

But even the best made plans, by the best CEOs, go awry sometimes. A minor barfing incident during a tooth-pulling operation causes Cleo to lose customers. Caylee, initially enthusiastic about the business, grows distant as Cleo neglects their friendship in lieu of getting more customers. And when a mean classmate makes fun of Cleo for being adopted, everything comes crashing down. Will she be able to rescue her business, salvage her friendship with Caylee, and discover that her true home has been here all along?

Reviews and Awards

"Cleo's effervescent and upbeat, full of creative business ideas she tends to execute before securing the proper approvals from her loving adoptive parents....Frazier offers a rare, cleareyed view of adoption, understanding that even the best are founded on loss as well as love and that assimilating this bittersweet, difficult truth is a lifelong journey. A funny, compassionate tale." - Kirkus Reviews

 "The first-person narrative moves along quickly, and gray-scale illustrations head each chapter. Cleo brings a welcome burst of diversity to elementary fiction, and readers will be charmed by this utterly unforgettable character." Booklist, starred review

"Cleo Edison Oliver has a lot of fantastic ideas, and, thanks to the inspiration of business woman Fortune A. Davies, she is inspired to start her own businesses....Cleo is a spunky, energetic, and highly ambitious girl. Always planning a new way to earn money and make her role model proud, Cleo manages to be an inspiration to young entrepreneurs. She and her brothers are adopted and African American, and the supporting cast is diverse as well. The plot is entertaining and relatable, with a happy ending that reminds readers that there are things more important than money. VERDICT A good purchase for libraries serving elementary-aged readers." - School Library Journal

Purchase Options
Indiebound Scholastic Store • Amazon • Barnes & Noble

Spring 2016
Middle Grade Novel
ISBN: 978-0-545-82236-7
Price: $6.99
Trim Size: 5 1/4" x 7 1/2"
Page Count: 224

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