The Candy Smash (The Lemonade War Series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 127 user ratings

"Abigail ramirez This book is the fourth book in the lemonade war and its sooooooooooo good it has mystery and love. i just love how the author changes the character in every chapter for example in chapter 1 it starts with Evan then in chapter 2 Evan's sister Jessie is the character. So in this book Jessie is looking for a top story for her classroom newspaper so she makes everyone do a love survey and she see's that someone has a crush on her!!!!!!!!! Then there's candy hearts popping out of nowhere??????Jessie is determined to find out and Evan has some secrets as well

story summery just as i'm about to get out of the boys restroom the door swings open with no time to hide Jessie stands there and waits.Its two little boys and they just stop and stare at her " HEY YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE IN HERE" shouts one of the boys " i'm dead," Jessie thought "i'm so dead
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""If everyone stopped treating this love stuff like it was top secret, the whole thing would be a lot easier. It still wouldn't make any sense, but it would be easier."

Love is in the air in 4-O as Valentine's Day approaches. But it's something that Jessie just doesn't get. She doesn't get poetry, either. Evan, on the other hand, really enjoys reading and writing poetry, though he's terrified that his friends might find out. "That's what poems do. Take a feeling and make it real, right in the moment."

Jessie pours all her energy into her classroom newspaper, The 4-O Forum. So far, the students haven't been that interested in Jessie's newspaper. She really wants to find a story that will grab her audience. "I need to uncover a secret." So when Jessie sees M.M. + E.T on the bathroom stall wall, she knows this could be the mystery she's looking for. Jessie has no idea that when she asks Megan if she loves Evan, it's going to create problems for herself, Evan and Megan. Why should it?

Adding more intrigue and excitement to the upcoming holiday, candy hearts appear in everyone's desk with personalized messages. Who would break the rules and give everyone candy? And why, when all the messages are so personal, are Evan's generic?

Classroom drama that students will recognize.

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"This is the fourth book in the Lemonade War Series by Jacqueline Davies.
Saint Valentine's Day is near. Someone anonymous is leaving candy hearts with special messages in the desk of the 4-O kids at Hillside School. Someone has drawn a heart in a door in the girls bathroom with Meghan and Evan initials in it. If Jessie could reveal this mysteries she will have the perfect headline for her newsletter.
Meanwhile, Evan discovers how much he loves poetry and how good is he at writing it.

I had a great time again reading this series. There were three topics in this book that I specially liked the way they were touched. One of them was the situation the family is facing with Grandma, that is now living with them since she can't take care of herself anymore. Grandma is disoriented, sometimes she can't remember Evan's name. At other moments she looks distressed, altered, nervous, and even lost, trying to do things that do not make much sense to the kids. I loved the way Evan tries to calm her down, help her feel better, even this is a little painful to him.
Evan and Jessie's parents divorce is other of the topics I think was faced with the necessary seriousness, and specially real respect for the kids feelings.
And finally poetry itself was shown like something so funny, easy and delectable to write, that even I want to try!

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"A return to format & form for the Lemonade series: yay, we're back to connecting the story to real-world lessons/skills/definitions! I would prefer a single overarching topic (like Business in book 1 and Law in book 2), rather than the two we have here (Poetry for Evan and Journalism for Jessie), but they both connect well to the story and can teach you a thing or two.

It's Valentine's Day in the Lemonadeverse. Running a class newspaper, Jessie tried to delve into the mystery of "who likes who" because (1) she doesn't understand and therefore must do research and (2) she knows it will move papers! She learns important lessons about journalistic ethics, including protecting sources and copyright infringement. Meanwhile, the depth of Evan's love for Megan is such than he can only express it in poetry, which the class happens to be learning about. Includes some poetry definitions I didn't know(!), interpretation of actual poems (I have always wanted a kids' book to do this; actually, I had an idea to write one, but I'm definitely not the right person, which is why I wanted the book in the first place; poetry was so mysterious to me as a kid; I'm a Jessie), and presents a cool technique for writing your own poetry. While the poetry definitions themselves don't relate to "lessons" Evan learns in the typical sense--his chapters are more about feelings--there is at least one example of the technique in the actual language of each chapter, and kids will have a fun time finding them.
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After a disappointing third volume in this sequence, Jacqueline Davies rallied with the Candy Smash, the fourth story in her Lemonade War series. While the author left lemonade behind after the second book, the same themes and style from the Lemonade War continue to be featured throughout the series. Each book focuses on a particular topic, and Davies uses pertinent vocabulary words, germaine problem-solving opportunities and other interactive features to give the books a quality that makes this series stand out among the pack of chapter books for 3rd- and 4th-graders.

The Lemonade War focused on marketing and economics, while its sequel The Lemonade Crime focused on the justice system. The Bell Bandit went a little off course from this framework and thus failed a little. But, the Candy Smash was a funny return to form that focused on poetry and journalism. Siblings Evan and Jessie are a great pair of opposites who still have a great, if sometimes rocky, relationship. Valentine's Day is approaching and there are two mysteries to solve: the identity of the person who has been leaving candy hearts in the students' desks; and who the writer is of a message on the girls' bathroom wall.

Lots of fun and lots of opportunities for readers to dive right into the problems and concepts in the book. There's one more left in this series, and I'll be waiting to see what the writer has in store for us!
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"Wow, this book was great! I have not read the other books in this series; I chose this one in particular because I am a poetry fan. I loved the way Davies integrated poetry into the story; both poems by published poets (especially e.e. cummings), and poems written by the characters (which were, yes, quite a bit better than your average fourth graders' poems, but so wonderful, inspiring, and true to the characters that I was more than willing to forgive). I also enjoyed Jessie's story. Nowhere in the book does it specifically state that she is somewhere on the autism spectrum, nor do I think that is necessary, but clearly, she is. As with any character, there are kids who will directly relate to her, and kids who will see in her someone they know. If there is any flaw with the book, it is that the kids are too smart and their teacher is too perfect, but, hey, sometimes it's nice seeing a model of the world working out its problems in a thoughtful and intelligent way. In fact, as I think about it, Ms. Davies' book serves as a model in many ways--a model of how to write and think about poetry, how to be a good journalist, how to be a good teacher, how to be a good friend and classmate, and on and on, all in a remarkably entertaining manner. Is it, then, a didactic novel? In a sense, I suppose, and yet it doesn't have that this-book-is-good-for-you flavor. All in all, reading this book feels like being in a class where you don't realize you're learning because you're having so much fun doing it. Although it's aimed at older elementary kids, it's definitely something I'd recommend to younger (age-wise and/or maturity-wise) middle school kids as well. " said.

"The Candy Smash is the fourth book in the Lemonade War series about Jessie and Evan Treski, siblings who are in the same fourth grade class. It is February and Valentine’s Day approaches. Inspired by his teacher’s presentation of a poem of the day, Evan starts writing love poems, first about his grandmother and later about Megan Moriarty, on whom he has a crush. In the meantime, Jessie works on her extra credit project, a class newspaper. She hopes to find out not only who is delivering secret forbidden candy to the whole class, but also who in her class has a crush on someone else and how her classmates think crushes should be revealed. As in the other books of the series, Jessie fails to understand basic social cues, while Evan loses patience with his sister when she violates his privacy.

So far, in this series, Jacqueline Davies has taught readers about economics, law, and maps. In The Candy Smash, she focuses on journalism and poetry. Each chapter opens with the definition of a term associated with either newspapers or creative writing, and through Jessie and Evan’s experiences, the reader learns the proper use of these terms. The educational aspect of the story is certainly subtle and does not overpower the plot, but there are lots of great opportunities for classroom teachers to connect this book to their curricula.

This is a largely character driven story, which provides a lot of insight into the personalities of both Jessie and Evan. Only Evan’s character truly seems to develop, though; I keep wondering with each new book when Jessie is going to begin to mature a little bit as well. True, she is a year younger than her classmates, but even so, there should be some changes happening in her worldview and relationships that I haven’t really seen yet. Davies does a great job of depicting Jessie’s innocence and lack of experience, but it’s becoming less believable as she gets older. I was also surprised by how little their grandmother appears in this story. After the events of The Bell Bandit, she has moved in with the Treskis, but we don’t see much of her, even though her presence looms large in Evan’s poetic mind. Also notable is Jessie and Evan’s teacher, who is invested in her students and dedicated to helping them improve as students and as possible. I love the way she uses her cat, Langston, as her class mascot and displays pictures of him around her classroom. I’d put her in the same category as Clementine’s wonderful teacher, Mr. D’Matz.

My favorite thing about this book, overall, is how well it handles the romance theme. Many books for younger middle grade readers introduce dating into their fourth grade characters’ lives as though it is a perfectly natural thing for nine-year-olds to pair off into couples. In my experiences with kids, they are not into dating at that young an age, and this book reflects reality much more closely than a lot of others of this same reading level and genre. Sure, the characters have crushes, but they are still figuring out what that means and how it will impact their friendships. I especially like the way Evan’s crush on Megan is resolved - sweetly, but without tons of adult commitments and middle school-esque drama.

The Candy Smash doesn’t really stand on its own, so I’d recommend starting with The Lemonade War and reading the books in order. Parents should feel comfortable giving this series to their second- and third-graders who are strong readers, and I think even fifth graders can still enjoy the stories. Budding journalists and poets will love the back matter showing the class newspaper and some of the poems the students have written. Though Valentine’s Day has passed for this year, there is lots in this book that’s worth reading any time!
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" A fun look inside the minds of 10 year olds and their ideas on love. Love the characters of Evan and Jessie. " said.

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