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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Lemonade War Series (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547567375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547567372
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Treski family’s traditional trip to Grandma’s house for Christmas and New Year’s takes a wrenching turn in the third volume of the Lemonade War series. A kitchen fire has destroyed part of Grandma’s home, she has just returned from the hospital, and sometimes she doesn’t recognize her own grandchildren. The disappearance of the New Year’s Bell, always rung at midnight with the whole community gathered on Grandma’s wooded hill, seems minor in comparison, but its symbolic importance to the family is evident. In the days that follow, 10-year-old Evan lends a hand repairing the house and, pushing past his pain, finds other practical ways to help his grandmother. Meanwhile, nine-year-old Jessie tries to solve the bell mystery, befriends an unusual boy, and tangles with bullies. Taking readers and characters outside their comfort zones of neighborhood, school, and normalcy, Davies portrays Evan and Jessie with subtlety and conviction as their relationship shifts and the difference in their ages becomes apparent in a new way. A fresh addition to a well-written series. Grades 3-6. --Carolyn Phelan

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"Davies' real talent is human relationships." —Betsy Bird, New York Public Library and Fuse#8 blog

"Davies keeps a tight focus on the children: Points of view switch between Evan, with his empathetic and emotional approach to understanding his world, and Jessie, for whom routine is essential and change a puzzle to be worked out. . . . Each of the siblings brings a personal resilience and heroism to the resolution."  —Kirkus


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Jacqueline Davies is the talented author of both novels and picture books. Jacqueline lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her three children.

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My 9 year old daughter loved this book.
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The more I read of the Lemonade War series, the more excited I am about these books.
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It's well written, the story is captivating and it's easy to read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By delicateflower152 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2012
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There were many aspects of Jacqueline Davies' "The Bell Bandit" that I liked. Siblings Jessie and Evan Treski are caring, intelligent children. They are hard-working, helpful, and empathize with others. Jessie is accepting of her grandmother's young neighbor, Maxwell, and his friendship with her grandmother. Davies does an outstanding job of capturing the children's personalities and their reactions to various situations.

The references in "The Bell Bandit" to the vintage television series "Get Smart" are a fun tip of the hat to adults who may be reading this book to someone or may be having the book read to them. Davies does a good job of developing the story and of tying the various elements together for a satisfying conclusion.

The story touches on several areas needing further development as each may be encountered by a child through contact with someone in their own life. It becomes evident fairly quickly that the elder Mrs. Teski is suffering from some type of Alzheimers-like problem. She has nearly burned down her home because she forgot about a tea kettle heating on her stove; she does not recognize her grandchildren; and she seems to become confused easily. A simple explanation to Evan and Jessie by their mother about the elder Mrs. Teski's memory loss would have been appropriate. Maxwell seems to be an "outcast;" later explanation by his mother to Jessie hints at his potentially having Aspergers. This would have been an excellent opportunity to foster greater understanding of both conditions.

There is one scenario, however, that should have been omitted since "The Bell Bandit" is geared toward the 9 to 12 year age group.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Mann VINE VOICE on April 11, 2012
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Unlike the first two books in this series--The Lemonade War and The Lemonade Crime--this third entry deals primarily with the family and some rather dramatic changes. Like the first two novels, this one deals well with the emotions of the two young protagonists, even as they face situations they do not understand.

Brother and sister Evan and Jessie travel with their mother to their grandmother's house for a New Year's Eve tradition of ringing a bell that their grandmother has placed on a hill near her rustic home. But this year is different. For one thing, the children's 84-year-old grandmother is in the hospital after nearly burning her house down, and for another thing, the bell is missing. While Evan is enlisted to help with the repairs to the house, Jessie joins with an odd local child named Maxwell to try to find the missing bell.

As I assume this review will be read primarily by parents, I urge some caution.

SPOILER WARNINGS

The Bell Bandit deals with some fairly serious themes. The grandmother, for example, appears to be suffering from Alzheimer's, for she has trouble remembering her own grandchildren's names or even recognizing them. Maxwell is also different. As with the grandmother's precise problem, Maxwell's situation is not fully explained or precisely diagnosed, but he appears to have Asperger's syndrome. Finally, there is a scene of animal cruelty that, though thwarted, may make children very uncomfortable. Against this background, the apparent theft of the titular bell seems secondary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terry L on April 25, 2012
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The book is written-well and moves along quickly. The characters are interesting and likable (well, other than the two who aren't supposed to be likable).

However, for the intended age group, I think there should be more information to explain just what is going on with the grandmother and the neighbor boy as to what is "different" about them, especially the grandmother. I think many children might not understand much of the book because they won't know what is really going on. Also, I don't think children will have any idea of the reference to the old television series that is part of the story.

Anyway, I liked the book, so I gave it a four star rating. I don't have confidence that many child would rate it that high, however.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rhiana Jones VINE VOICE on April 26, 2012
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This was a really great book that I would recommend that you have your kids read for fun but could also be used as a topic for conversation for families or home school groups. It deals very gently with dementia in the elderly and how kids react to it.

This is a portion of The Lemonade War Series but is so well done it can be read as a stand alone kids novel.

Jessie and Evan are heading up the Mountain to see their Grandma for the Holidays as usual. This holiday is a bit different as Grandma is in the hospital injured and has recently burned down her kitchen!

Jessie and Evan soon have to deal with the fact that Grandma is getting very forgetful and sometimes doesn't even remember who they are!

This is a really great little mystery story spiced with a family dealing with a big change and learning some lessons along the way. I highly recommend it!
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