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Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

The Lemonade War
What would you do if you found out your sister was going to skip a grade and be in your fourth grade classroom?  You probably wouldn’t be happy, right?  Well, that is what happens to Evan Treski the summer before fourth grade.  His sister, Jessie, gets a letter stating she is skipping third grade and will be in Evan’s fourth grade class.  Usually this brother and sister get along fine, but not this summer.  She wants to have a lemonade stand one hot summer day, but Evan wants nothing to do with his sister.  Evan decides to have a lemonade stand with Scott, his not-so-best friend.  So Jessie makes one with Megan Moriarity, who Evan just may-or-may-not have a crush on and the war begins.  The two siblings make a bet.  Whoever earns a hundred dollars from their lemonade stand wins and the loser has to give all the money they made to the winner.  You might think that Jessie would win because she is a pretty smart girl, but she does not understand people.  Evan is very good at talking with people, however he struggles with math.  Both have an equal chance of becoming the victor.  Both siblings cross boundaries they have never crossed before.  Will anything ever be the same between them again?

Now I know why this is a 2014 Illinois Bluestem Award nominee.  It is a fabulous book!  This is the first book in a series of four books about the Treski’s written by Jacqueline Davies.  It has a mix of clever humor, math, and marketing tips for starting any kind of business.  Jacqueline Davies writes the story from the perspective of both Evan and Jessie, which makes it even more interesting.  The story captures the special bond between siblings and how arguments can escalate beyond anyone’s intent.  I loved it so much that I ran to the shelf to grab the next two!  I am hoping we get the fourth story, The Candy Smash soon!  So grab a glass of lemonade, and get reading!!

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