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The Lemonade War (The Lemonade War Series Book 1) by [Davies, Jacqueline]
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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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Product Details

  • File Size: 4602 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 4, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 4, 2009
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003KK5DQ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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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
10 years old
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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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A fun book for the 3rd-4th grade set. A brother dealing with an autistic sister (she is math-smart, but lacks social and interaction skills) This book was fast paced and interesting, however the sister does an evil thing that spoils the tone of the book. She destroys her brother's lemonade -- $65 worth of lemonade -- because she is having a day at the beach and cannot be bothered to sell lemonade that day to compete with him. She puts live bugs and a live caterpillar and a handful of dirt into his lemonade, then lies to distract him from her evil deed. What does this teach us about business? That you can rely on sabotage and win ?? She is not punished for this, in fact she beats up her brother in a later chapter (because he loses her money by accident). I think this is a bad tone to set for kids -- we did not like that the sister drowned the bugs, destroyed her brother's business, and was not punished.
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. . . with your brother or sister, you will understand how the lemonade war started. You will probably laugh at the things both Evan and Jessie do to try and win. You will definitely learn a lot about running a successful lemonade stand. And in the end, you may even agree that having a sibling around isn't all bad.
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Evan and Jessie are brother and sister who are fourteen months apart. To Evan's alarm, his little sister is going to join him in the same class this fall because she's skipping grades. It's going to be embarrassing, particularly because she's so much smarter than he is. She can do difficult math problems fast and without a calculator, while he's bad at math. Jessie may be intelligent, but she's not savvy with people. She doesn't make friends easily and doesn't notice social cues on whether or not people like her or are making fun of her. Evan, who is a people person, has helped her with that, but he's no longer willing to assist her.

Stemming from Evan's discomfort about Jessie skipping grades, he's mean to her. With hurt and anger between them, they start a lemonade war to see who can make the most money selling lemonade. They recruit other people, move booths to different areas of the neighborhood, and they play dirty. Even though it's summer and they should be enjoying themselves and their lemonade businesses, things get real ugly between the two.

This is a finely crafted book. The dynamics between Evan and Jessie felt very real and both characters came to life. Sibling rivalry, misunderstandings, and other themes play well into the story. The business and money aspects of the novel should prove interesting to children. I'd love to read the other books in this series.
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