By Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz
209 pages – ages 9+
Published by CreateSpace on July 28, 2012
Lola Zola’s family is in a fix – both of Lola’s parents have gotten laid-off of work. They need money. But, how can Lola help? After all, she’s only a 6th grader! But, what if she sold lemonade? Lola and her best friend set up a lemonade stand to help raise money for her family. But, the thing is, the no-good, horrible, rich kid Buck has set up a stand across the street from them! And, he has a bunch of cool things like a limo, a famous basketball player, and much more, to attract buyers! Lola decides she has to make her lemonade even better. When Lola adds a special ingredient that makes people think that her lemonade has magical qualities, sales rocket! But Lola soon figures out the lemonade war is getting out of hand.
I think that this is a great book for kids who like realistic fiction stories. All the characters in the book and the setting (a town in the desert called Mirage) are very believable. The plot is something that could happen in any kid’s life and I think that makes it more enjoyable to read. I am now curious to try lemonade with Lola’s secret ingredient (I’m not going to tell you what it is). 🙂 Ms. Winograd and Ms. Hirtz have a great writing style and even though this isn’t the action/adventure book I typically pickup, the writing is great and the story is told very well so it kept me turning the pages. Though it is a self-published book, the story is thoroughly edited and hangs together well. I hate saying this, but I even liked the tad bit of romance-twist at the end of the story (romance – *yuck*). This is a book that I think kids, boys and girls, will enjoy.
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Categories: Age 9+