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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5T5.017204

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.

Hardcover, 96 pages
Published on May 8, 1974 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0395185114
ISBN-13: 9780395185117
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  • chlo_chlo
    chlo_chloFriday, April 22, 2016 at 8:29 am
    I READ THE BOOK <3 READ IT IN CLASS I MISS RUFUS
    • ChloeFriday, April 22, 2016 at 8:29 am
      I read the book <3 IT I MISS RUFUS :(
      • frankiebaby
        frankiebabyTuesday, March 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm
        that's amazing
        • madisonr
          madisonrTuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:38 am55 stars
          I like this book because it is interesting and easy to read. This story is about a boy and a girl who decide to start a business, wich is to make toothpaste. They learned how to make a business and they learned how tiring a business can be.
          • bluff
            bluffTuesday, December 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm
            I like this book because it teaches you about making your own business. Also, Rufas is the kind of character that I like.