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The Lemonade War (The Lemonade War #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  11,857 Ratings  ·  1,292 Reviews
For a full hour, he poured lemonade. The world is a thirsty place, he thought as he nearly emptied his fourth pitcher of the day. And I am the Lemonade King.

Fourth-grader Evan Treski is people-smart. He’s good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings’ lemon
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 4th 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published April 23rd 2007)
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Ana Maria A. Well, she's smart enough to skip 3rd grade and go straight to 4th grade with her brother. She's pretty much an 8 year old in 4th grade. She has great…moreWell, she's smart enough to skip 3rd grade and go straight to 4th grade with her brother. She's pretty much an 8 year old in 4th grade. She has great math skills. (less)
Natalie Pietro There is a second book called The Lemonade Crime. In it they put Scott Spencer on trial to find out what happened to the stolen money.

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This was on my Overdrive wishlist and I have no idea why.
I listened to it this week because I'm waiting for a long audiobook to come in so I can't start a full-on story right now. I prefer listening to stories over music when I'm doing my job (less of a chance I'll burst into song in the middle of a quiet room. Also, cuts down on chair dancing which, from what I hear, isn't a safe workplace activity) so I've decided the solution to my waiting period is to listen to middle grade books. They rarel
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!

Evan and Jessie Treski will be in the same fourth grade classroom next year, since Jessie will skip one grade. Evan is not really happy with the idea of having his little sister in his same grade, specially because Jessie is the "smart-one" and he's scared to death of being embarrassed by her.
Jessie can't understand why Evan is so mad at her. She was feeling so happy she'll be in Evan's class next year since he is the "good-one-understanding-people" and could help her to fit in
Jun 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evan and his younger sister have a totally different reaction to the news that they will be in the same class next year. Evan is not feeling very good about having his younger sister skipping third grade and being in fourth grade with him next school year. Jesse is excited to be in her big brother's room. She feels he will be her gateway to having friends in her class this year and will ease her into being the new girl in the class. As the summer is closely coming to an end they begin a "friendl ...more
Martha Freeman
“The Lemonade War” is an excellent back-to-school title that deserves its place on the Amazon bestseller list.

Jessie and Evan are sister and brother, only 14 months apart in age and – because Jessie has skipped – both entering fourth grade. Jessie is good at math but not so good at people, and Evan is the opposite.

The two are close not only because of their complementary talents but also, the reader infers, because of the tough times they weathered as their parents’ marriage fell apart.

Now it’
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the start of school just around the corner The Lemonade Wars by Jacqueline Davies is a perfect reading fit. What would you do if you discovered that your little sister was going to skip into your grade at school next year? Not only your grade, but also your exact classroom because there is only one 4th grade in the school? That is the news the letter from school had to share. Jessie is good at school. She is smart. She has great ideas. She loves to get things done and to solve problems. She ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I selected this as one of six books for student book clubs in my classroom and I'm glad I did! This was such a cute book and an easy read for my students in this group!

Evan and his younger sister, Jessie, enter into a lemonade war at the end of the summer. The two spend one final weekend setting up lemonade stands around their neighborhood in order to see who will raise the most money, winner takes all. What follows is a series of ups and downs as brother and sister try to one-up each other in a
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
A colleague I teach with recommended this book to me as a possible classroom read aloud, and I enjoyed it. Jacqueline Davies seems to really understand children well, and her characters react very realistically to events that happen in their lives. The plot revolves around a brother and sister, Jessie and Evan, who care about each other very much, but have very different strengths and weaknesses that are causing conflict for them. Jessie is very strong academically, but doesn't know how to relat ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Derek read this to me and I totally enjoyed it. Take away for us was to recognize that the way we see things might not be the same way someone else does and to appreciate your siblings.
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2 siblings want money for the summer. What do you think they are going to do to get money on hot summer days? Who will win the most money? What will be the tension? Read to find out!!
Steven R. McEvoy
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-best-of
This was the first book by Jacqueline Davies that I have read but it will not be the last! This book was recommended to me based on my love of books by Andrew Clements. This book was a fun read, and deals with a number of interesting topics. And I am sure children will love the sibling rivalries.

This book takes place over a summer vacation from school. The two main characters in this book are Evan Treski, Evan is frustrated because his younger sister, Jessie is smarter than him. She is so smart
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the books I read when I was younger, I loved it back then and I still love it now! The characters are very likable and the story is pretty simple but I love simplicity as long as its not boring which this book wasn't.Its been a while since I read a book so simple,interesting, and funny! Totally recommended to people who want a refreshing and relaxing story! Maybe with a glass of lemonade! (Pun intended)
Cindy Price
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My step-daughter comes home and hands me this book and says, "You have to read this book. It is so good." So, of course, I made it my next read.

I can see why she loved it so much. Not only can she relate to the brother and sister rivalry but it leaves you in suspense.

I love how the story captures the attention of the readers all while including math problems.

This was the perfect book for my kids. We may just get the next book and read it aloud together.
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was very fast paced and for a impaticened reader and it really got to the point right away.It is amazing on how could you could do if someone was trying to get in the way of it. And just a reminder on how easily things could be taken away
Jamie Knight
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this as a school-wide read aloud. Even my first graders could follow along and really loved the characters! They couldn't wait to read the next chapters and figure out when and how Jessie and Evan would make up. Definitely recommend!
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was AMAZING!!!!
Makenzie Riggs
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Evan and Jessie. Evan dosnt know alot about school but his kinda competitive. Jessie on the other hand, is very smart but she dosnt know people skills. Jessie and Evan usally get along but one day Evan changed and no one knows why. But one day that changed he hung out with one of his old frineds and started a lemonade stand but they wouldnt let Jessie help. So Jessie met a friend and they also started a stand, Evan didnt like that so they started a lemonad war to see who could ...more
Alexander Johnson
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it earlier this year
Cute story. Jessie is a really good student and is skipping 3rd grade. Now she will be in 4th grade with her older brother, Evan...and in the same class. Evan knows he will be embarrassed by her because she is so smart...and he feels dumb. The siblings become embroiled in a "war"...whoever earns $100 first by selling lemonade wins the war and takes all the spoils (money). Both Evan and Jessie try out a variety of techniques to be the best seller...such as giving away free items with the lemonade ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 8 yr old is reading this in school and begged me to read it because she loves it so much. I finally, reluctantly read it and I was pleasantly surprised. It teaches kids about business concepts and math in an engaging book. Who doesn't like a good competition? It also addresses how miscommunication can throw everything off so maybe kids will think twice about taking offense and try talking to solve problems. One would hope. Although since most adults haven't learned this yet.....they might nee ...more
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies (Scholastic 2007), is a story about a brother and sister who played well together especially their lemonade stand they had every summer. Their names were Evan and Jessie, they were three years apart. They lived with their mother Ms. Treski, who doesn’t say much in the story. Everything was going well until Evan found out that Jessie was going to be skipped into the fourth grade with him. Evan was so angry that he started hanging out with some of his friends, ...more
Sarika Patkotwar
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to read Middle Grade books when I myself was a middle grader. Then I don't know how, but I stopped reading MG books. The sole explanation I had for the same is that I outgrew those books. Then I won a couple of books that fall under the genre in giveaways. My first thought when I received those books was that I would give them away. One Sunday afternoon, I was browsing my book shelf for a quick and small read. I couldn't find anything. That's when I came across The Lemonade War and I thou ...more
Ces derniers temps je suis pas mal dans le jeunesse. Lorsque j'ai vu ce livre dans les propositions de service presse, je me suis dit « pourquoi pas ». De plus l'illustration de la couverture me disait quelque chose et cela m'a donné envie de découvrir l'intérieur de ce livre. Je ne connaissais pas du tout l'auteur et je n'avais jamais entendu parler de ce livre jusqu'à présent. J'ai passé un bon moment mais... Quoi qu'il en soit je remercie les éditions Hachette pour cet envoi.

Résumons un peu.
Emma Bauman
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies, is a story about a Treski family rivalry. The main characters, Evan and Jessie always got along and played together nicely. Jessie was in second grade; she was very smart when it came to schooling. Evan was in fourth grade and he often struggled in school but he was a good thinker when it came to things outside of the classroom. Everything was going well in their family until their mother, Ms. Treski received a letter from the school in the mail. The lette ...more
Brittney Lara
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wow-books
I read this entire book in one sitting! I don't often do that anymore since life gets ahead of me but this was a book I shared with my 5th grade sister. We sat side by side all day long reading to one another until we finished. When we got to the end I said GIVE ME MORE! I wanted the next copy. I needed to know what else happens to these characters. I was invested. This book is not only hysterical, it has great life lessons for kids. You can take this book and use it in math. What you can use li ...more
Keita Hayakawa
80 min

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If your sister or brother are same class with you, how do you feel?

I don't like this situation. I don't like my little sister. I think many people hate this situation. When I was a elementary school child, I often met my sister in my school. I felt bad.

After read

This book is very very very difficult for me. I couldn't understand some sentences. I want to understand this book soon.



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Emma G
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Money Over Mind?
What would you do if your pesky little sister is now in your grade? What would you do if someone you love now hates you? These are questions Jessie and Evan have to ask themselves one summer day. In between the both of them- loving siblings are now turned against each other, and in the house, chaos unfolds. What would you do?
When Evan recieves a letter about his sister Jessie getting into his grade he is absolutely furious. He stops talking to Jessie, and this stops Jessies wo
Reading level: 4.1
Interest level: 4.5

From School Library Journal:

Gr 3-5-Evan Treski and his younger sister, Jessie, get along well in many ways. They play together, and their natural talents are complementary. Jessie is a whiz in math and other school subjects, but "feelings were her weakest subject." Evan is competent in the social arena, but he is not such a good student. Their relationship changes the summer between Evan's third and fourth grades, when a letter arrives announcing what the boy
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Things have been strained between Evan and Jessie since they found out that Jessie will be skipping a grade. That means she'll be in the fourth grade next year, like Evan - and worst of all, they'll be in the same class. Evan's worried that Jessie's intelligence will make him look bad. Jessie's worried she won't make friends as easily as Evan does. Their worries and anger at each other spark an all-out lemonade stand war. Whoever earns the most money at their respective lemonade stand by the sta ...more
May 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Evan can't do math, his younger sister (the math wiz) can't do emotions. Evan's angry because Jessie will be in his fourth grade class and will probably show him up. Instead of them doing a lemonade stand together, they set up competing stands. The capitalism is sandwiched between bouts of drama and junior angst. The children learn valuable family dynamics lessons at the end, except for Scott, who really needs to be in Juvenile Detention.
There's more story to this one than in Gary Paulsen's Lawn
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