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The Bell Bandit (The Lemonade War #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  1,196 Ratings  ·  99 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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Dec 29, 2015 Isobel rated it liked it
It was okay sometimes it sounded like the characters were making up words.That was all the thing I think that would need help on but anyway it was the best. I thought it was a little bit better then the The lemonade war.
Ms. Yingling
Oct 28, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
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
Jul 31, 2014 Laura Hughes rated it liked it
Shelves: young-readers
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
Apr 06, 2012 Kristin rated it liked it
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
Dec 13, 2012 Penny rated it really liked it
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Leslie Wilkins
Mar 28, 2015 Leslie Wilkins rated it it was ok
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
Lisa B.
Jun 29, 2014 Lisa B. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-read
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!
Jan 12, 2014 James rated it it was amazing

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
Katie Fitzgerald
Sep 01, 2012 Katie Fitzgerald rated it really liked it
The Lemonade War books are precisely the kinds of stories I loved as a kid - they stick close to home, involve real life problems, and always come to a happy conclusion. This third book of the series, entitled The Bell Bandit, sees siblings Evan and Jessie Treski undergoing a period of change. Their grandmother has started to lose her memory, and recently she accidentally set her house on fire by leaving a burner on. When Jessie, Evan, and their mom visit her for New Year’s, Evan is surprised th ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Becky rated it liked it
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
Joon Sung
Jan 03, 2015 Joon Sung rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 20, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading The Bell Bandit, by Jacqueline Davies. This author has been writing children's books for over a decade. The genre is realistic fictional/ mystery. This book is a part of the Lemonade War series. The following a summary from this book and my opinion on The Bell Bandit.

My favorite character is Jessie because she is a problem solver and never gives up. Do you never give up like Jessie too? One quote from the book is "Yeah, well, tell Grandma that. You can talk to her. She r
Apr 14, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
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
Emily Wahl
Apr 01, 2015 Emily Wahl rated it really liked it
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
Monica Albright
Jul 18, 2012 Monica Albright rated it really liked it
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
Kami Danaei
The Bell Bandit is a mystery book. I love this book because the book is very suspenseful. After every chapter I want to read more and more because I want to know what will happen next. In the story Evan and Jessie are going up to their grandma's house a couple days after Christmas. They usually spend their Christmas with grandma but this year they didn't because grandma's house had gone on fire since she left the stove on while taking a long walk. When she go back home she saw her house on fire ...more
Carol Royce Owen
Aug 08, 2012 Carol Royce Owen rated it really liked it
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
Dec 26, 2013 Jenn rated it it was ok
Shelves: mo-reader-award
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
Carolyn Arrington
Mar 18, 2014 Carolyn Arrington rated it liked it
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
Dec 02, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it
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
Jun 30, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
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
Miss Sarah
Dec 16, 2016 Miss Sarah rated it liked it
I continue to enjoy this series about a brother and sister navigating their first year in a classroom together. The author does a wonder job of introducing tough topics in relatable ways int his installment its autism and Alzheimer's.
Mar 25, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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
Chad Cantin
Jan 31, 2016 Chad Cantin rated it really liked it
The Bell Bandit by Jacqueline Davies is a wonderful book! It is the third book in the Lemonade War series and is probably my second favorite. There is one more book in the series, and I will most likely get it soon. This book didn't take long to read at all, every night I read at least 3 chapters of the book. I hope to read the final book sooner or later!

Evan, Jessie and their mom head out to grandmas house for New Years Eve. Grandmas house recently had a fire, so they just had to go visit her t
Feb 27, 2015 Shayla rated it really liked it
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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
Kain Wempen
The Bell Bandit is a book that shows Evans grandmas bell being stolen.
May 01, 2012 Patty rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, fiction
This is the third book in the Lemonade War series. I had the previous books in the series and really loved them both. Jessie and Evan are back in this book, but Jacqueline Davies didn't keep with the same format with a vocabulary word with it's definition at the start of each chapter, which I thought was a clever touch in the previous books. Though that was a little disappointing, the writing in this book is good and there are a couple mysteries going on simultaneously which make this book enter ...more
Luann Kern
Oct 30, 2014 Luann Kern rated it really liked it
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
Mar 24, 2014 Katie rated it liked it
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
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