Project Sweet Life by Brent Hartinger
rating: 5 of 5 stars
Great book: adventure, mystery, and a little bit of a moral. It's light-hearted and fun. Three boys defy their parents by not getting a summer job. Instead, they spend the summer hatching (failing) plots to obtain the money they would have earned by working. It takes place in Tacoma, WA, and parts of the schemes involve the city's history, specifically how it shipped out all the Chinese immigrants and destroyed their homes. Though their schemes aren't always on the level, there's enough integrity to keep these boys in a good light.