Jacqueline Davies’ The Lemonade War was praised for using
subjects such as math and economics to create a “suspenseful, subtly
educational plot that goes down as easily as a cool glass of lemonade in
August” (Children’s Literature). The
third novel in the series starring fourth-grader Evan Treski and his
smarty-pants younger sister, Jessie, follows the siblings as they try to solve
the mystery of who stole the New Year’s Bell from atop Lovell Hill.
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,
everything felt off. Third, someone had climbed the long, slow slope of Lovell
Hill to the top and had stolen the old iron bell hanging on its heavy wooden
crossbeam. Who on earth would steal the New Year’s Bell? And how could Grandma,
Mrs.Treski, Evan, Jessie, and their neighbors ring in the New Year without it?
Like a modern-day Beverly Cleary, Ms. Davies writes with
heart, humor, and honesty about the inevitability of profound change and
reveals just how well she understands the complex emotions of the children.
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