Monday, October 10, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Lemonade War

by Jacqueline Davies
Published May 4th 2009 by Sandpiper (first published April 23rd 2007)

Happy Monday!  Today's book effectively describes a male/female sibling relationship with fun and sincerity.

From the publisher:

Evan Treski is people-smart. He is good at talking to people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart-but not especially good at understanding people. She knows that feelings are her weakest subject. So when their lemonade war begins, there is no telling who will win-or if their fight will ever end.

The Lemonade War (who can earn $100 first from their own lemonade stand) stems from one incident in the lives of Evan and Jessie. Evan will be entering fourth grade at the end of the summer, but so will Jessie, as she is skipping third grade. Originally Evan was okay with this, but then a letter arrives in the mail stating that because of low enrollment, the two fourth grade classes are being combined. Now they will have the same teacher and be in the same classroom.

This dynamic of big brother versus little sister fuels the drama of the War. We see both sides of the story as the point of view shifts back and forth between the siblings. Miscommunication is also a big key, as Evan understands "people" and Jessie doesn't quite get relationships yet.

A fun aspect of the book has each chapter titled with a word from the business world and the definition then follows. Kids learn without realizing it. Fun business math is also thrown in as Evan and Jessie try to figure out how much they need to win THE WAR.

The Treski's are a fun set of siblings. Their relationship with their mom is also explored, as their dad is not around anymore. I recommend THE LEMONADE WAR, and I can't wait to read more about the Treski's in the sequel, THE LEMONADE CRIME.
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