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The Lemonade Crime

(The Lemonade War #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  4,060 ratings  ·  346 reviews
Following the laws of our legal system, Evan and Jessie’s fourth grade class concocts a courtroom on the playground, putting Scott Spencer, alleged thief, on trial. They create a legitimate courtroom—with a judge, witnesses, a jury of their peers—and surprising consequences.
   As she explores the difficulties of fairness, Jacqueline Davies once again reveals how good she
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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I wish I had read the first book in this series, because this book was awesome! Who doesn't love a good book about kids getting into a lemonade war? Especially a childhood courtroom! Sure, it sounds dull but it was an amazing premise! It's fun, fast paced and easy to read. It's a great middle grade read that adults can enjoy too!
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jessie and her older brother Evan came to terms with gifted Jessie skipping third grade and joining Evan in the school's only fourth grade class, but it took a war to accomplish it. The two siblings and their friends squared off in a winner-take-all lemonade war in Davies' first book about the Treskis, The Lemonade War. I enjoyed that book but was frustrated that the issue of the missing money was never addressed. Davies' latest work resolves the issue after Jessie, who has just read a book on t ...more
Lisa B.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-read
Another well written book in the series. There are some very good learning opportunities mixed with in the fun story. I will definitely continue the series!
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Never having read The Lemonade Wars, this sequel by Davis succeeds in offering up a thirst-quenching tale that can stand on its own two feet. That said, I want to read The Lemonade Wars and imagine that readers who are coming to "the crime" after having done so will enjoy it all the more.

Themes of symmetry, justice, and fairness are woven through-out this pitch-perfect novel for the 3rd and 4th grade set.

Some favorite quotes that would be ripe for class discussions and writing prompts:

One of th
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
J. Davies wrote another awesome book that's sure to keep any kid's attention. I read this book with my son (9ys. old) and he loved it! Couldn't put it down -- even during summer break. The sibling relationship/rivalry, Evan's first "crush" and school drama between friends will connect with any 3rd-5th grade kid. We loved the story and can't wait to dive into the next Lemonade Wars series. ...more
Taylor E
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-this-year, dcf
The Lemonade Crime is a very interesting book. It's a quick read and anyone would have fun with it! It could make more sense to you if you read the first book but you really don't need to! I hope everyone ends up in the recliner with your nose stuck in this book like I did! ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought that this book was really good and had a lot of details.
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-fiction
Picking up where The Lemonade War ended, this sequel tells the story of Jessie and Evan's efforts to prove Scott Spencer stole $208 from them at the end of the summer. Jessie sets up a mock courtroom on the playground after school, assigning the roles of judge, jury, and witnesses to members of their 4th grade classroom. Acting as Evan's lawyer, she sets out to prove Scott guilty. Evan, meanwhile, struggles with his friends' casual attitude toward the theft and with their willingness to remain f ...more
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
This is the sequel to The Lemonade War, a lesson in economics cleverly disguised in a story about a brother/sister lemonade stand rivalry. Like the first, The Lemonade Crime starts every chapter off with a definition-in this case, one pertaining to the different aspects of court proceedings, as the students of 4-O attempt to figure out who stole the lemonade stand money that goes missing at the end of the first book. Sadly, I didn't really enjoy this second installment. I found it to be trying t ...more
Ehmree Johnson
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The lemonade crime, by Jacqueline Davies is a justice seeking adventure with the Treskie siblings. In the first book, “The Lemonade War,” a lot of money is stolen from Evan and Jessie. Now they are determined to prove that it was Scott Spencer. Jessie makes a courtroom from recess equipment. She gives everyone jobs and they have a trial. I like this book and I want to read the rest of the series. I like the first better but I still love this one. I love how organized Jessie is and I wish I could ...more
Emily Y.
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I think this book is awesome because of the small court they had in the book mostly because I knew nothing about court until now. I like how this 4th grader set up everything for his brother so he can get his money back but I never knew a sister would do all this for her brother,would you? Now back to the small court I like how there was juries,witnesses,a lawyer, and a judge that all seems pretty cool to me and I like the suspense,who going to win the court stuff like that. I can't really relat ...more
Medeia Sharif
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Evan and Jessie are siblings who are convinced that Scott Spencer took something from them. In the previous book, THE LEMONADE WAR, money made from selling lemonade was stolen. This sequel is a follow-up in which readers get to see what’s going on with the missing money.

Accusing Scott of theft isn’t the easiest thing since Evan and Scott are friends, plus Scott is popular. Nevertheless, Jessie wants to see justice served. Their class creates a mock trial complete with a courtroom, jury, and audi
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This book alluded to some things that happened in the first book The Lemonade War (which I have not read). But it was mostly easy to follow in spite of me missing the first book. Each chapter began with an easy-to-understand definition of a judicial term, and the following chapter showed in playing out in the kids' real life. I really liked how this book's plot was very realistic and engaging and the characters were very believable. The book is a very fast read and the writing a little jerky at ...more
Lucy P
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
"The Lemonade Crime" is an exciting book. At first I thought that the main person would win but then it totally changed. I was anxious to know what happened next. I chose this book because I read the first book,"The Lemonade War" and I liked it. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes realistic fiction. Students can relate to their problems happening at school. After this book is a book called "The Bell Bandit" which is a sequel to book 1 and 2. I think there will be another fight about ...more
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I really liked The Lemonade War, the first book in this series. There was a great infusion of math and the story even had a plot twist or two. This book continues that story, which isn't as interesting this go around. This time, there is a focus on the legal process and vocabulary related to that. They still sneak some math in, which is always great, but it's not as much or as good. If your kids are really attached to the characters of Evan and Jessie, they will love this one. Otherwise, they wi ...more
Arisabella B.
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised. Usually books always have a surprise when someone gets caught doing something big. But it was the total obvious! Which also made it a surprise because you usually expect the obvious to not be the answer. But in this case it's different. But it's revealed in a different than you'd expect, again. But I do recommend to read this book and the whole series. But in this case you have to read them in order to understand them. Especially with this book you have to read the first book fi ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super smart Jesse takes her brother Evan’s case of the stolen lemonade stand money to court. Literally. When she sets up a play yard court for their fourth grade class after Evan accuses Scott of stealing during a pool party at the end of summer. A charming, thoughtful story of fairness and justice, even if the characters sometimes act a little above their ages.
Nancy Kotkin
In this second book in The Lemonade War series, the entire fourth grade participates in a trial organized by Jessie to uncover the truth about the stolen lemonade stand earnings. The third-person POV alternates between the brother and sister. The author's masterful ability to show, not tell, brings the story to life. Legal principles are woven into the story.
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Even better than the first in the series, this book teaches valuable lessons about assuming, hearsay, burden of proof, revenge, and forgiveness. At the same time, it's an engaging book about a brother and sister who don't always know what to do, even if they thought they did.
Colby Sharp
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg-novel
I liked this one better than The Lemonade War. Seems like a book that my fourth graders will really like.
Shawna Freeman
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My class LOVED this book last year. The characters were portrayed in such an amazing way by the author. I am excited to read it to my class this year along with the other books in the series. :)
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing introduction into business. I read these books a few years ago but think I might re read them and ignite my entrepreneurial skills!
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to my granddaughter, Elisabeth Andrusyk, for recommending this series to me. Well done!
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the first two books in this series with my kids, and they enjoyed them. Sibling dynamics as well as an intro to economic principles (first book) and courtroom procedures (second book).
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nh, ang
Book #2 in a great series! Really good read! Good read for 4-5th graders, but younger readers enjoyed having this book read to them. Lexile 670 - Reading Counts:7 points
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved the ending. Unexpected.
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Evan and his little sister Jessie are both in the fourth grade, not because they're twins, but rather because Jessie skipped a grade. Jessie is particularly good at math, very focused, feels strongly that things should be fair, and believes that rules are meant to be followed.

When one of their classmates, Scott, announces that he now owns a fancy new Xbox 2020, Evan sees red. He knows exactly where Scott got the money for it - Scott stole that money, over two hundred dollars, from Evan's short
Trevor Fong
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lemonade War Crime means there is a crime that happened after the war, the war is about Evan, and Jessie competing against each other to see who can earn the most money by selling lemonade. This book is about one week ago, two hundred and eight dollars disappeared from the pocket of Evan Treski’s shorts. Evan and Jessie had worked extremely hard over the summer to earn money-mixing lemonade, hauling it all over town, standing in the hot summer sun for every nickel of business. Scott Spencer just ...more
Dec 12, 2017 marked it as to-read
The book entitled “The Lemonade Crime”, by Jacqueline Davies has everything in a book that you need to love. This book is an action packed story with so much detail it will make you feel like you are in the book. Another strength about this book is it has a bunch of twists and turns on every chapter like when Evan and Scott were having a lemonade stand and in the next chapter they are in court against each other. Also this book has cliffhangers on the end of every chapter sucking you into the bo ...more
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Jacqueline Davies is the author of both novels and picture books. She lives in Needham, Massachusetts with her three children.

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