Evan stared at the poem. He hardly breathed. He had never seen anything like it.

Age Range: 7 - 10 years
Grade Level: 2 - 5
Series: The Lemonade War Series (Book 4)
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (January 8, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0544022084
ISBN-13: 978-0544022089

Evan believes some things (such as his poetry) should be kept private, but his younger sister, Jessie, believes scandal makes good news. When anonymously sent candy hearts appear in Class 4-O, self-appointed ace reporter Jessie determines to get the scoop on class crushes.

This fourth book in the best-selling Lemonade War series introduces readers to some of the best-loved poems by American poets, even as it asks the eternal question: What is love? 


"While an element of mystery winds through the story, readers will be more intrigued by the complications arising as fourth-graders deal with unfamiliar emotions. Another rewarding chapter book from the Lemonade War series."—Booklist

"A terrific tie-in to Valentine's Day, but a good anytime school story for boys and girls alike."—Read Kiddo Read

"Poignant and funny, the fourth book in the best-selling Lemonade War series explores the distinctive power of poetry and love–fourth grade style."—Children's Book Council

"Fans of the previous books will happily devour this one. It can stand alone quite nicely though. Highly recommended."—proseandkahn review blog

Awards and Lists

  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Children's Book Committee Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults