Lemonade stands are a great way to make some money for a kid. And a great way to get away from your pesky little sister for a few hours. But everything goes wrong when she starts selling lemonade herself just down the street. And is better than you.

Siblings Evan and Jessie battle each other with a bet of who can make the most money selling lemonade before school starts. Tensions rise and soon it is all out war, The Lemonade War.

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

The Lemonade War

Author: Jacqueline Davies

Age Range: 8 – 12

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Series: Lemonade War (book 1)

Paperback: 192 pages

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook


There are only six days left of summer. A heat wave is coming through and there is nothing to do. Evan is bored and his little sister just wants to hang out with him. But he has been avoiding her for days. The thought of his smarty pants sister moving up a grade and being in the same class as him does not sit well in his stomach. He finally connects with an old friend and they decide to have a lemonade stand together. But wouldn’t you know it, his sister tries to tag along and join them.

When they refuse, Jessie decides to run her own lemonade stand. Who needs a big brother anyways? She meets up with a girl in his class and they open their own stand down the street. To Evan’s dismay, the girls are good. As soon as they setup their stand, no one that came from that direction bought any lemonade from the boys.

Naturally, this leads to a big fight between the siblings. Evan is mad about his little sister moving up and being in the same grade. And budding in on his set of friends. Jessie is mad about him not including her in anything and always treating her like a baby. The lemonade stand becomes the symbol of their struggles. So to resolve it, they make a bet. The first person to earn one hundred dollars selling lemonade wins. And whoever wins gets to keep all of the profits.

Evan and Jessie each set off, working to beat the other. They try selling with different friends. The normal distractions of kids during the summer get in the way. And they learn the hard way that selling lemonade is hard work.

Young readers will love this fun, relatable book. It reminded me so much of the silly fights I have with my siblings when I was a kid. And brought back flashes of the joys running lemonade stands. I especially loved how several events in the book were told from the different perspectives of Evan and Jessie. It is fascinating to realize how different people can see the same event from completely different points of view.

I highly recommend this book for all young readers, especially when they are bored during the summer.