Award-winning author Jacqueline Davies’ The Lemonade War introduced fourth-grader Evan and his math-genius sister Jessie as they went head-to-head to see who could sell the most lemonade. Its charming sequel, The Lemonade Crime finds the siblings finally getting used to being in the same class after Jessie skips a grade. But a criminal trial - put on by their fourth grade class - will turn the siblings into rivals once again.
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- Salley A. Zirger
Not quite like kids
This is book two in a series. You really need book one before reading this title. This book needs book one to lay out the whole story. I hope this is now clear.
The kids don't act like kids. Evan and Jessie are siblings. They act like siblings most of the time. Jessie is brilliant. She has moved ahead one grade. She knows too much to be so young, even as a genius. Evan and Jessie are likable and this story covers the theft of money that was earned in book one. Jessie brilliantly decides to charge the suspected boy with the crime. A court is set up to hear the case and the story unfolds. In reality chaos would have ensued with name calling and battles that would drag the adults into the story. It is odd that no adult figures out there is a problem.
The ending is abrupt and doesn't match how kids really work and think. It is a teaching story and best to be read to/with kids so a discussion can follow.
I'm not in love with this story. I probably will never listen again. I don't think the book is terrible, it just isn't realistic. It is about people and attempts to be about reality, but it misses the mark. Better books that describe how kids/teens think would include the Clementine series or the Bras and Broomsticks series.