Hope nobody ate too much chocolate yesterday and that you spent time with family. I'm always happy when both boys are home. Now let's get to today's review:
The Lemonade Crime by Jacqueline Davies (Houghton Mifflin, April 2011, for ages 8 to 12).
This engaging sequel to The Lemonade War was inspired by questions fans asked Davies after the first book. What about Scott Spencer? Did he or didn't he steal the $208 that Evan and Jessie earned from selling lemonade? Note that it's probably best to read The Lemonade War first, although Davies is careful to restate the core of that story without overwhelming the reader with information.
It's now September and the start of 4th grade. Because Jessie has skipped a grade, she and her older brother Evan are in the same class. Evan has a lot of friends but Jessie is quiet and mostly stays by herself at recess.
Until Scott Spencer starts bragging about the new XBox 20/20 that he bought with his own money.
Jessie is furious. She's convinced he stole that money from Evan when they were swimming in the summer. Jessie plunges into research with her usual dedication. Evan wishes she would just forget the whole thing. But Jessie serves Scott with a hand-lettered warrant for his arrest, and arranges a "trial" after school one Friday.
The definitions of legal terms such as circumstantial evidence, eyewitness, and due diligence are given in brief chapter headings, but the reader will learn more by reading the story and seeing it all unfold. Fascinating stuff for kids who like whodunits or detective stories, this book also explores sibling relationships and the importance of telling the truth. In addition, the ending may surprise you! This book should appeal to fans of Andrew Clements or Barbara O'Connor.
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What marvelous middle grade novels have YOU read this month?