The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davis

Published: 2007

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 173 pages

Setting: a generic U.S. town, present day

Interest: I had seen it on a list of 12 terrific books for tween girls by The Modern Mrs. Darcy and thought Miss Adventure would enjoy the book. She like it so much, she convinced me to read it.

Summary: Seven-year old Jessie and nine-year old Evan have become much closer as siblings since their parents divorced. Jessie is skipping a grade this summer and is excited to discover she’ll be in Evan’s fourth grade class in the fall. He, on the other hand, is less than thrilled. He’s afraid his little sister will show him up in math, since she’s so much better at it than him. Jessie is excited because Evan will be there to help her understand the personal interactions in the classroom she has a hard time with. Evan tries not to be mad at Jessie, because he knows he’s being unreasonable, but he can’t help himself. The two kids decide on a competition – who can earn the most money selling lemonade before the end of summer, one week ahead. They each use multiple strategies to earn as much money as possible, and even resort to sabotaging the other person.

Final thoughts: This was an excellent book on multiple levels. First off, you see the entrepreneurial strategies the kids used to make more money selling lemonade. These business strategies and a key word from the chapter were defined and explained using terminology appropriate for a kid reading the book. The other part I enjoyed about the book were the characters of Jessie and Evan. They had a strong relationship, but it wasn’t perfect. It was a sibling relationship, where they may have little fights, but they come together when it’s important. Jessie probably has Asperger’s. She’s very good with numbers, but has a hard time with personal interactions. Evan knows to give her straight answers, but other kids often cause her problems. So, we get to explore looking at the world from a non-neurotypical, sideways point of view.

Title comes from: Jessie and Evan declared war, with the victor being the person who made the most money selling lemonade.

Reading challenges fulfilled: none – it wasn’t long enough to count as a novel

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