For as long as Jessie could remember, New Year’s Eve meant staying at Grandma’s house and the long, slow climb to the top of Lovell’s Hill, where the trees parted and the sky opened and there stood the old iron bell...

Age Range: 7 - 10 years
Grade Level: 2 - 5
Series: The Lemonade War Series (Book 3)
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0547567375
ISBN-13: 978-0547567372

But this year, everything is different. Grandma has accidentally set her house on fire, which means Evan has to sleep on the couch in the living room while the whole house is turned into a construction site. And when Jessie showshoes her way up Lovell's Hill, she finds that the New Year's Eve bell is missing. Who would steal the bell? How can Jessie and Evan get it back in time for New Year's Eve? And why does Grandma seem so different?

The third book about the unforgettable brother-sister duo of the best-selling Lemonade War series explores the complex emotions of children as they face profound change. 


"Each of the siblings brings a personal resilience and heroism to the resolution. A fine emotional stretch within reach of the intended audience. "—Kirkus

"With this highly readable and yet emotionally powerful novel, Davies is proving herself one of the best writers for the middle grades around."—Books for Kids Blog

"Davies' real talent is human relationships." —Betsy Bird, New York Public Library and Fuse#8 blog

"The characters are very believable. I could easily picture Jessie, Evan, their friends, their mother and even their grandmother as real people I might meet any day....The book held my interest and would be a great read for kids in fourth and fifth grades." —Time for Kids, Kid Reporter

Awards and Lists

  • A Junior Library Guild Selection