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While he read it easily and got the gist of the book
on August 17, 2015
I chose this off the summer reading list for my soon to be 4th grade son and learned a lesson. While he read it easily and got the gist of the book, he struggled with remembering the details. I read part of it to him out loud and realized why he struggled with it. He loves fast action plots and this was a very slow moving story with lots of relationship filler and conversation in between the actual story. His synopsis was basically, "A brother and sister got into a fight and then had a contest to see who could sell the most lemonade. He did stuff to her and she did stuff to him and they lost a bunch of the money. They decided they didn't care about the contest and were friends again and watched the fireworks." I hate be gender specific here, but it sounds like how my husband might describe a romantic comedy movie. He'll sit through it, but he won't digest every nuance of the relationship. The same thing happened with my son in regards to this book. It passes for a fun read, but not for a book report assignment.