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The Lemonade War (The Lemonade War Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jacqueline Davies
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Book Description

For a full hour, he poured lemonade. The world is a thirsty place, he thought as he nearly emptied his fourth pitcher of the day. And I am the Lemonade King.

Fourth-grader Evan Treski is people-smart. He’s good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings’ lemonade stand war begins, there really is no telling who will win—or even if their fight will ever end. Brimming with savvy marketing tips for making money at any business, definitions of business terms, charts, diagrams, and even math problems, this fresh, funny, emotionally charged novel subtly explores how arguments can escalate beyond anyone’s intent.

Awards: 2009 Rhode Island Children's Book Award, 2007 New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, North Carolina Children’s Book Award 2011, 2011 Nutmeg Award (Connecticut)

Check out www.lemonadewar.com for more information on The Lemonade War Series, including sequels The Lemonade Crime, The Bell Bandit, and The Candy Smash.



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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5–Evan Treski and his younger sister, Jessie, get along well in many ways. They play together, and their natural talents are complementary. Jessie is a whiz in math and other school subjects, but feelings were her weakest subject. Evan is competent in the social arena, but he is not such a good student. Their relationship changes the summer between Evan's third and fourth grades, when a letter arrives announcing what the boy sees as total disaster for him. He and his bright, skipping-third-grade sister will be in the same class. Thus begins the Lemonade War over which child can make the most money during the last week before school. The story is highly readable and engaging, filled with real-life problems that relate to math, getting along with siblings and friends, dealing with pride, and determining right from wrong. It even gives a glimpse into the marketing world. Each chapter begins with a marketing term, defined, but implemented as only competing children can. The result is a funny, fresh, and plausible novel with likable characters, and is suitable for reluctant readers.–Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at Washington DC Public Library
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At the tail end of summer, Evan discovers that his younger sister, Jessie, who has just skipped third grade, will be not just in his grade, but in his fourth-grade classroom. Normally buddies, they find themselves at odds over trifles and increasingly determined to earn more money than the other before school starts. Lemonade stands, entrepreneurial schemes, and dirty tricks find their way into the competition before Evan and Jessie fess up to the concerns that are really worrying them. Each chapter begins with a business-oriented definition such as "underselling: pricing the same goods for less than the competition," and the book ends with a poster entitled "Ten Tips for Turning Lemons Into Loot." However, the basics of economics take a backseat to Evan and Jessie's realizations about themselves and their relationship. Davies, author of Where the Ground Meets the Sky (2002), does a good job of showing the siblings' strengths, flaws, and points of view in this engaging chapter book. Carolyn Phelan
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135 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chocolate, Pushcarts, and Now Lemonade June 17, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I am about to describe to you a true situation that I have experienced time and time again as a children's librarian. A parent will walk up to me and ask for a work of fiction for kids dealing either with money or business. Money or business. This request is usually met with a blank stare on my part followed by a furious search of the library's catalog. Let's see . . . money . . . money . . . Well there's that graphic novel version of "Rich Dad, Poor Dad," for kids, but that's not really fiction. If you work in your own children's room then you may know that nine times out of ten the answer to this kind of query will have to be, The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill. I mean, face it. When was the last time any book for children dealt with finances in a format that was fun, readable, and contained halfway decent writing? Well, when I heard about "The Lemonade War" I thought my prayers had been answered. Then I read it and realized I'd been thinking about the title all wrong. I thought it would just be this lightweight bit of fluff with some business info for the kiddies on the side. Instead, the book delivers emotional punch after emotional punch. It resonates with the reader. Pulls you deep inside its story and doesn't let go once. This is the first fictional children's novel by author Jacqueline Davies. And you can bet that if she writes another, I'll be first in line to buy.

Before the letter came, siblings Evan and Jessie got along just fine. She's just a second grader and Evan's going into the fourth, but they always helped one another out. Being exceptionally smart, Jessie would help Evan figure out stuff like how to make the ultimate lemonade stand.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review
Format:Hardcover
I've got a sister just like Jessie, but I'm the smarter one, and we can both understand feelings. We're both misers, (Nora a little bit more), But she likes lemonade stands way more. I really liked how they both sabotaged each other's money to become the winner of the Lemonade War. I can also relate, because I play with Nora a lot, but if I found she was being promoted from 3rd to 5th, I would be the same as Evan. Jacqueline Davies sure can write a story about a conflict between a brother and a brother. Even though it was 3rd person writing, she sure can write it from a kid's perspective! This is a really good book, some people might say as good as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)(a really good book), or all the Harry Potter Books. Kids (and even grownups) of all ages will like this book. I recommend this book to everyone who reads this, because I know you'll like it!

Daniel Glenn Leonard
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My son's third-grade teacher is reading this book aloud to the class. He loves it so much he wants a copy of his own! It's an honest, apt depiction of children's real emotions and behaviors. Like Beverly Cleary, Ms. Davies does not try to sugarcoat kids' anger, fears, and how those can be acted out. Children clearly recognize and respond to this.

Out school also had the pleasure of bringing Ms. Davies in for an author visit. She made a real connection with the kids at all different grade levels, and won high praise from the teachers and school librarians! She has written other wonderful books, for pre-school through elementary.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning - Charlotte's Web spoiler April 2, 2013
Format:Paperback
My daughter read this book after her friend read it and liked it. They are both 8. She really liked the book and wants the next one in the series, but I wanted to warn everyone out there that this book reveals the ending of Charlotte's Web. If I had known, I would have held this book back until my daughter had read Charlotte's Web first.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read June 18, 2011
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davis was a very enjoyable book that I read
almost 3 months ago. I think kids between the ages of 8-11 would most
likely enjoy this book. I think Ms. Davis did a good job of writing a
book that kids would understand since it's not too advance. I usually
enjoy reading longer books better than shorter books, but this book was
still fantastic and I think other kids should read it too.

This book is about two siblings Evan,age 9, and Jessie,age 8, who go
in a contest with each other to see who can make more money selling
lemonade, but don't let this summary trick you into thinking this
book is boring because it's not. You see Evan is trying to beat Jessie
at something after he finds out that his sister is skipping from 3rd
grade to 4th grade.(After all, it's not easy having your little genius
sister go into your grade)Jessie is trying to earn the respect of her
brother in the contest. Basically, this is a really good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It was ok April 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I never finished this but I didn't really like it. But if you like siblings fighting and stuff, then I suggest this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We loved this book! July 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Read this to my youngest and she loved it and so did I. There are two main characters, brother and sister, Evan and Jessie, who will be in the same class next school year. Evan, who is older. Is angry that his younger sister is invading his world. This conflict grows into a book of misunderstandings and a lemonade war!
The book has a very creative and educational storyline. As you read, you will learn about business terms and practices; budgeting money; and how math plays a part in selling lemonade. Also, you will read about various relationship and how they are not always easy and perfect. Such a fun and exciting read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
My fourth grade boy loved this book! We intend to read the sequel
Published 2 days ago by Erica L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I really like the book
it is so good and people can learn from it about how to do business
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read with the kids (11, 8, 5)
There was a lot to learn in the world of making money and salvaging a relationship as you'll read in this fun story. The kids loved it... on to book two.
Published 2 days ago by ryanerickson
5.0 out of 5 stars He loved it and even chose to read it instead of ...
My grandson was not a big reader until we got him this book. He loved it and even chose to read it instead of playing computer games. Read more
Published 3 days ago by NanaOpa
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the concept and there are some good ideas but ...
I liked the concept and there are some good ideas but I didn't find the writing very real. I was frustrated at times because it felt as though it had potential to be more.
Published 4 days ago by Megan Orme-Whitlock
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loved this book and I really liked that it taught ...
My son loved this book and I really liked that it taught him some business principles. Already purchased the next book in the series.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read out loud book!
Great book to share! We have a 4th grader and a 1st grader and both are looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Published 5 days ago by Dan King
5.0 out of 5 stars A book worth reading
When I first saw this book, it didn't seem worth reading at all. I was in the middle of reading Marcus Emerson's "wars" series ( Dodgeball Wars, Snowball Wars, Water... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Alejo Gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loved this book
My daughter loved this book! I didn't even have to prompt her to read, she would just hide away in her room until she finished it and then asked me if she could get another one... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Nancy Rittenhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Fourth Graders love it!
Fun book that I'm reading to my class of Fourth Graders!
Published 10 days ago by Dana Remingon
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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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