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The Candy Smash (The Lemonade War Series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-12 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 127 user ratings
ISBN:0544022084
LANGUAGE:English

"I didn't enjoy the last (3rd) book in this series as much, however this one was right back up in quality, in my opinion. I really enjoyed reading about Evan and Jessie's class and the Valentine's Day mysteries. Jessie is a great example of how some people just can't "read" others well and how social situations can become awkward for them when they can't pick up on cues and such. It's also interesting to see the maturation of the 'kids in 4-O' and how they are dealing with changing feelings. I look forward to reading the next (and I believe last) book." said.

"The fourth book in Jacqueline Davies Lemonade War series brings us to February in Jessie and Evan Treski's fourth grade year. Apparently after returning to school, Jessie decided to start a classroom newspaper. The Candy Smash is ALL about Jessie working very hard as a journalist and reporter as she tries to figure out the ethics of publishing. For example, if Jessie *knows* that someone like-likes someone, should she report it? Perhaps if Jessie herself were to have a crush, she'd know the answer to that one. But boys, well, they just don't interest her yet. Evan, on the other hand, well, he is definitely interested in one particular girl. (He has been since The Lemonade War!)

The Candy Smash isn't all about journalism. The teacher has started a poetry unit. While some students like hearing and discussing the poems each class day, Evan happens to love it. He tries not to let his love show too much, of course. But Evan's big secret: HE LOVES POETRY. And at home, behind his unlocked "locked" door (there's a sign on the door) he writes poetry of his own. For someone who has struggled with school, Evan's newly discovered gift with words is pure blessing.

The books have been getting more serious as the series progresses. In the Candy Smash, readers learn that Grandma has come to stay with them. I was very relieved to learn that she would not be left on her own. Also, Jessie has started thinking a LOT about her father whom she hasn't seen in over a year. Readers learn that HE is a journalist, that he travels all over the world. I knew, of course, that their mother is a single mom, divorced, but this is the first mention that I can recall revealing details about the dad.
" said.

" This is the only book in the Lemonade Wars series that I've read, and it was okay. A cute, quick read suited for upper-elementary students and reluctant readers. I love sensitive Evan--particularly how he treats his Alzheimers-ridden grandmother--but Jessie wasn't all that likable (to me, anyway.) She's a bit like a child-sized Sheldon Cooper, whom I enjoy, but I was annoyed by Jessie rather that entertained. " said.

"In this fourth book in the Lemonade War series Valentine's Day is approaching and there's love in the air and a juicy mystery to be solved. Who's been giving everyone in class boxes of candy hearts with personalized messages? And who drew a heart in the girls bathroom professing their love for Evan Treski? Jessie, the self-appointed roving reporter, is determined to find out.

Meanwhile, the class is studying poetry and Evan finds he REALLY likes it, but is embarrassed to admit it. He tries his hand at writing a few poems and creates some true masterpieces, but is reluctant to share them with anyone.

This series is so well written. The characterization is top notch and the author excels at exploring a child's feelings ranging from family relationships to school friendships and everything in between.

The inclusion of poetry in this book was well done. Many fine examples of poetry were shared by some well known poets like e.e. cummings and Sylvia Plath. Highly recommended for grades 3-5.
" said.

"I didn't enjoy the last (3rd) book in this series as much, however this one was right back up in quality, in my opinion. I really enjoyed reading about Evan and Jessie's class and the Valentine's Day mysteries. Jessie is a great example of how some people just can't "read" others well and how social situations can become awkward for them when they can't pick up on cues and such. It's also interesting to see the maturation of the 'kids in 4-O' and how they are dealing with changing feelings. I look forward to reading the next (and I believe last) book." said.

"The fourth book in Jacqueline Davies Lemonade War series brings us to February in Jessie and Evan Treski's fourth grade year. Apparently after returning to school, Jessie decided to start a classroom newspaper. The Candy Smash is ALL about Jessie working very hard as a journalist and reporter as she tries to figure out the ethics of publishing. For example, if Jessie *knows* that someone like-likes someone, should she report it? Perhaps if Jessie herself were to have a crush, she'd know the answer to that one. But boys, well, they just don't interest her yet. Evan, on the other hand, well, he is definitely interested in one particular girl. (He has been since The Lemonade War!)

The Candy Smash isn't all about journalism. The teacher has started a poetry unit. While some students like hearing and discussing the poems each class day, Evan happens to love it. He tries not to let his love show too much, of course. But Evan's big secret: HE LOVES POETRY. And at home, behind his unlocked "locked" door (there's a sign on the door) he writes poetry of his own. For someone who has struggled with school, Evan's newly discovered gift with words is pure blessing.

The books have been getting more serious as the series progresses. In the Candy Smash, readers learn that Grandma has come to stay with them. I was very relieved to learn that she would not be left on her own. Also, Jessie has started thinking a LOT about her father whom she hasn't seen in over a year. Readers learn that HE is a journalist, that he travels all over the world. I knew, of course, that their mother is a single mom, divorced, but this is the first mention that I can recall revealing details about the dad.
" said.

" This is the only book in the Lemonade Wars series that I've read, and it was okay. A cute, quick read suited for upper-elementary students and reluctant readers. I love sensitive Evan--particularly how he treats his Alzheimers-ridden grandmother--but Jessie wasn't all that likable (to me, anyway.) She's a bit like a child-sized Sheldon Cooper, whom I enjoy, but I was annoyed by Jessie rather that entertained. " said.

"In this fourth book in the Lemonade War series Valentine's Day is approaching and there's love in the air and a juicy mystery to be solved. Who's been giving everyone in class boxes of candy hearts with personalized messages? And who drew a heart in the girls bathroom professing their love for Evan Treski? Jessie, the self-appointed roving reporter, is determined to find out.

Meanwhile, the class is studying poetry and Evan finds he REALLY likes it, but is embarrassed to admit it. He tries his hand at writing a few poems and creates some true masterpieces, but is reluctant to share them with anyone.

This series is so well written. The characterization is top notch and the author excels at exploring a child's feelings ranging from family relationships to school friendships and everything in between.

The inclusion of poetry in this book was well done. Many fine examples of poetry were shared by some well known poets like e.e. cummings and Sylvia Plath. Highly recommended for grades 3-5.
" said.

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