Monday, May 7, 2012

MMGM: The Lemonade Crime

by: Jacqueline Davies
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2011

 Today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday features The Lemonade Crime by Jacqueline Davies.  This is the second book in The Lemonade War Series. You can find more info about the first book  The Lemonade War in a post of mine from last fall.

The back cover of the book describes it best:

FACT: One week ago, two hundred and eight dollars disappeared from the pocket of Evan Treski's shorts.

FACT: Evan and Jessie had worked extremely hard over the summer to earn that money - mixing lemonade, hauling it all over town, standing in the hot summer sun for every nickel of business.

 FACT: Scott Spencer just bought something very, very expensive.

 ACCUSATION: Scott Spencer stands accused of the crime of stealing the lemonade money. Class 4-O hearby calls him to stand trial before a judge, witnesses, and a jury of his peers.

Will the truth come out in court? And if it does, will justice prevail?

Following the events of The Lemonade War, Evan and Jessie still can't believe that Scott stole their money. So, Jessie sets up the courtroom and assigns everyone their parts.  As the proceedings unfold, other secrets emerge and the outcome is definitely a surprise!

I love the brother/sister dynamic of these books.  Fourth grade is such a fun age to read about, too, since the boys are just starting to notice girls and the girls are starting to be concerned with their appearance and noticing the boys too. The conflict in this story is real and believable and the fact that the kids resolve it on their own is a wonderful lesson for kids to read about.  As with the first book, each chapter starts with a word and definition, this time explaining words found in the court system. Another great learning tool, but also adds to the fun. My son is reading The Lemonade War for a book report for school, and I'm sure he will enjoy this one as well!

Have a great week!  For other MMGM recommendations, check out my favorite links to the right.