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The Bell Bandit (The Lemonade War #3)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  892 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Everything about this trip to Grandma’s house was different:

First, because of the fire, Mrs. Treski, Evan, and Jessie had driven up to Grandma’s two days after Christmas instead of the day before, missing Christmas with Grandma entirely.

Second, the fire had left a hole in the back kitchen wall big enough to drive a car through! And with Grandma in the hospital and not in h
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Ms. Yingling
In this third book, Jessie and Evan are on their way to their grandmother's house, but things are very different-- their grandmother has forgotten something on the stove and done very serious damage to the house. New Year's Eve, which usually involves a big party and ceremonial ringing of a historic bell on the nearby hill, will be a different affair. Their mother is concerned; they manage to get the house fixed, but there is no quick fix for their grandmother, whose dementia is so severe at tim ...more
Laura Hughes
Wow, this was a lot heavier than the previous two books. The Lemonade War and The Lemonade Crime both dealt with some fairly complex emotions, but they had an overall can-do attitude, whereas this one is more about resignation with the sucky way that life is, as the children visit a grandma with dementia who can no longer reliably recognize them, make an autistic friend, and meet some legit scary neighborhood boys who torture animals. I'm just saying, reading it as a light palate-cleanser to aft ...more
A decent sequel to the first two books in the Lemonade War series. These books are highly readable, short and compact. Lacked that extra thematic element of the first two: economics and marketing in the Lemonade War and the justice system in the Lemonade Crime. Those interactive recurring elements made fairly typical stories stand out. This book that lacked that special element and was just a fairly typical story about a missing object. Evan and Jessie, in this story, arrive at their grandmother ...more
Lisa B.
Another delightful story in The Lemonade War series. In this one, Jessie and Evan try to understand what is happening to their Grandma, who has become confused and forget. They also try to solve the mystery of the town's missing historical bell.

I continue to enjoy this series that I am reading at the recommendation of my 10-yr-old niece. The author writes meaningful stories with good messages for middle school aged kids. Plus, they are lots of fun!
Leslie Wilkins
My kids and I have loved reading The Lemonade War books out loud to each other, but I didn't like this one nearly as well as the others in the series. Usually each book introduces industry-related concepts with each chapter, but this book doesn't have that. And I found the characters' interactions with their Grandma, who's starting to suffer from dementia, to be disturbing / upsetting at times. I respect what the author was trying to do, but it made it less fun. I strongly recommend the series, ...more
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Emily Wahl
I thought this was a four star book. I thought this because this was the type of book that left you hanging at the end of each chapter, wondering what happened. One of my favorite genres to read is mystery, so if you love mystery books like me then I think you should read this book. This book isn't a very challenging mystery; it is kind of an easy read. So if you like a reading challenging mystery book then you probably won't like it. Even though this book wasn't very detailed, I liked all the a ...more
Joon Sung
The Bell Bandit
By: Jacqueline Davies
Review By: Joon Sung Oh

This book is about the Treski family driving to their grandmother's house for the New Year. But there was a big problem-their grandma had left the stove on and burned the house, so Evan and his sister, Jessie, and his mom, Susan, decided to leave early and stay till New Year's Day to see if their grandma was okay after the accident. When they got there, the main conflict rose-their grandma's old bell that is rung every New Year's Eve at
The Bell Bandit is the third book in the Lemonade War Series. The novel opens with Evan, Jessie, and their mom going to Grandma's house to celebrate the holidays--New Years, to be precise. In the Lemonade Crime, Davies hinted that Grandma's memory was declining. She sent Jessie two copies of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper. In the subsequent four months or so, things have gotten so much worse! Though I suspect the mom was a bit clueless at how much her mom had lost already.

Jessie and Eva
Carolyn Arrington
This is the 3rd book in the Lemonade War series. Several days before New Year’s Eve Jessie, Evan, and their mother travel to Lovell’s Hill to visit Grandma. Every New Year’s Eve the Treski family and their neighbors gather on the hill to ring the historic bell that has been in the family for hundreds of years. This year is everything is different. Grandma’s memory is slipping. She becomes easily confused and agitated and sometimes she doesn’t remember her own grandchildren. To make matters worse ...more
A solid book. Feels a bit different than the first 2 in the series where there is a math, then a judicial educational aspect to the story lines. For this book it's more about people and special needs they may have. The Grandmother is suffering from Alzheimer's (or Dementia- they never come out and say exactly what it is), and another character shows signs of Autism (again not specifically stated and he is an interesting companion to one of the main characters who has some slightly similar traits ...more

In the book, The Bell Bandit by Jacqueline Davies places Evan and Jessie going to their Grandma’s house. The go there every Christmas and stay until New Years. They are going also because grandma’s house was on fire. When they arrive, they see all the damage the fire made. Then, Pete the repair guy comes and asks Evan for some help the next day. Evan says yes. Jessie goes out to see the bell and discovers it is missing. She rushes back home and tells her mom and Evan that it is gone. Evan and Pe
Mar 13, 2015 Shayla rated it 4 of 5 stars
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The Bell Bandit 192 Pages Jacqueline Davs

The Book The Bell Bandit is about Jessie and Evan go to their grandma’s house for New Years Eve. They would have gone up for Christmas but there Grandmas house had a fire and now has a big hole in the kitchen going to the second floor. Every year on New Years Eve Jessie, Evan , and the town people gather and they ring the bell at midnight. The oldest and the youngest ring the bell. This year is different. The bell is missing. Jessie finds that out that th
Not able to put my finger on the exact reason why I didn't like this book as much as the rest in the series. Sometimes I felt Evan and Jessie were too immature for their age (ie tantrum-like behavior). Sometimes I felt the plot was dragging and would just be starting to build when the point of view changed. OR perhaps it was the lack of new vocabulary at the start of each chapter or the lack of a content area concept tie-in (economics/law) that would make this more feasible as a read-aloud.

As n
Luann Kern
A sequel to The Lemonade War and The Lemonade Crime, offers real characters and situations that kids and parents can relate to. Advanced-for-her-age Jessie and her brother, Evan have their Christmas plans interrupted when their grandmother, suffering from Alzheimers, burns her house. The story follows Jessie struggling to understand her grandmother's situation while also trying to figure out who might have stolen the town bell, traditionally run on New Years Eve. Will never forget the frog scene ...more
I didn't like this book as much as the first two because it deals with heavier subjects. Still, it is very well written. I believe that Evan grows up a lot in this book, having to learn a new way to communicate with his grandma who doesn't remember him all of the time. Jessie meets a new friend who has an even harder time with feelings than she does. A lot of changes are happening to both Jessie and Evan in this book, and some of the subjects this book brings up may be hard for some children to ...more
I've loved every one of the books in the Lemonade War series because of the siblings Jessie and Evan but also because this author does not condescend to her readers or paint the characters and the situations they face in a simple fashion. Children are more complex than many adults imagine, and the way they feel about life is just as complex. This author never fails to remember that, even as we weaves her stories. In this title, the Treskis have driven to the home of the grandmother of Jessie, 9, ...more
Nicholas Daukayev
The Bell Bandit by Jacqueline Davies

The Bell Bandit, by Jacqueline Davies, is the third book in the series which began with The Lemonade War. We are already familiar with the main characters, Evan and Jessie, from the first two books. To really enjoy this book you should have read these books first. The Bell Bandit is a mystery about a bell that has been stolen from the top of a hill. The bell was used to ring in the New Year. It was always rung by the oldest and youngest members of the communi
Monica Albright
I liked this entire series of Lemonade War books.
This was Jessica's favorite of the three. (Any books with a character named Jessie are usually good.) She really enjoyed that you have to use other skills like math to figure out what is going on.
I missed the vocabulary word at the beginning of each chapter...and the integrated lessons. Book one had marketing and economics, book two introduced the justice system, this book had no other academic lessons. The kids didn't notice.
I wish that Davies
Carol Royce Owen
I actually think I liked this book of Jacqueline Davies best of all. The third in the Lemonade War Series, Evan and Jessie are visiting their grandma's house after Christmas. But things are not the same as usual. There has been a fire in Grandma's house and when released from the hospital Grandma has spells in which she doesn't seem to recognize Evan. In the meantime Jessie is working with a neighbor boy to try to discover who stole the bell that has stood on her grandmother's property, which th ...more
The Bell Bandit is about a brother, sister, and about how this years New Years Eve is going all wrong. Their grandma has set her house on fire and when Jessie climbs up Lovell's Hill she find the bell... missing!!!Jessie and Evan have to find a way to find the New Years Eve bell and very fast. When they were on their way to find clues they met a nice boy named Maxwell had helped them find the bell. If you want to know who the bell bandit is the read this amazing book.
Evan and Jessie take a trip to see their grandmother in the mountains. This time they must solve a mystery: what happened to the bell that sits atop Lovell's Hill? The bell is a central part of their New Year's Eve tradition and it's gone missing right before the big holiday.

Aside from the mystery, Jessie and Evan deal with some difficult situations. Grandma has more than a few forgetting spells and doesn't recognize Evan. He must find the strength to successfully navigate situations even adults
Jesse and Evan's grandmother needs them. She is in the hospital after her house catches fire. So they go, with their Mom, up to see her. When they get there, several things are different, most notably, Grandma isn't herself. She doesn't seem to remember what happened with the house and, at times, she doesn't even recognize Jesse and Evan. Secondly, the antique bell on the hill that belongs to Grandma that the town gathers around every New Year's Eve is missing. Jesse is determined to find out wh ...more
Well-written juvie lit, but the subject matter seems a bit old for 4th graders: animal cruelty (torture), dementia, and autism/aspergers all make it into this story. Once again, a worthy story, but I'd prefer it for middle school readers, whether or not the main characters are in 4th grade.

The dementia story line was handled thoughtfully, as was the aspergers, but I'd still like some class/parental discussion with a younger child who was reading this book.
This was the third book in The Lemonade War series. I didn't like it as much as the others at all because this book was kind of sad and depressing. The other books are a lot happier and fun and this one was not. I am going to read the next one because I like the series, but I don't know if I would recommend this book.
Charlie Leahy
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I like the writer's style of writing, but elements of the story weren't very appealing - boys torturing a frog. Sort of a coming-of-age for young kids, with the grandmother's dementia and neighbor boy's autistic behavior. Helps to complete the series, but not a strong book on its own.
Ann Jarcho
I wish the actual discussion of "what's the matter with Maxwell and Grandma" was addressed in the book. When you have a child who has an autistic cousin, many questions came out of this book and the book answered none if them. Bad taste, don't make an ailment without explaining.
Landon Haas
The New Year's Eve Mystery

This was an amazing book. The mystery of who took the bell, the sadness of the fire, and the boys who were just plain mean. I highly recommend The Lemonade War Series. It gives out quite and impression!!
To me this one wasn't as good as the first two books, but it was still okay. It might be a little difficult for kids to relate to a grandmother with Alzheimer's if they have never had that experience.
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