Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire
Sundee T. Frazier
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About Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire
Cleo wants to be just like her role model, Miss Fortune A. Davies, a famous businesswoman with a nightly TV show motivating young entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams. Cleo has lots of ideas to make money, from selling avocados off the tree in the back yard to her latest and greatest idea ever: a nearly painless tooth-pulling service. As Cleo’s business succeeds, she gets even more excited. Unfortunately, not everyone in her life is as thrilled as she is. Her best friend begins to withdraw, and Cleo has some owning up to do with members of her family after a few poor choices catch up with her. Cleo struggles to find the balance that even many adults find elusive: to balance passions with sensitivity to the important people in our lives. And her struggle happens in a lovable, believable way.
Though this is a pretty lighthearted story, it does deal with some heart issues. Cleo wrestles with some deep rejection stemming from her mother’s choice to place her for adoption as a baby. Cleo’s best friend struggles to accept her father’s new life with a new girlfriend, though her parents are only recently divorced. Cleo herself is an upbeat, passionate girl whose whole heart is in everything she does. It’s true that sometimes her passions carry her away, and her parents have to reel her in a bit. They do so with admirable wisdom, love and firmness. This is a great book for anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit or who wrestles with issues surrounding adoption and foster family membership.
Recommended for Ages 8 to 12.
Cleo is Black and adopted.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
Brief mention of church.
Cleo punches a girl after she says some really hurtful things. She’s disciplined for her behavior and has to apologize. She uses a nerf gun as part of a solution to remove loose teeth from consenting kids.
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
My editor just alerted me to your lovely review. Thanks for sharing Cleo with your readers! Hope you have a wonderful summer of reading and playing with your kids and good luck in your own writing pursuits!
Thank you so much! I hope you have an awesome summer, too!