For a full hour, he poured lemonade. The world is a thirsty place, he thought as he emptied his fourth pitcher of the day. And I am the Lemonade King.

Age Range: 7 - 10 years
Series: The Lemonade War Series (Book 1)
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (April 23, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0618750436
ISBN-13: 978-0618750436

Evan Treski is people-smart. He’s good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart—but not especially good at understanding people. She knows that feelings are her weakest subject. With just five days left of summer vacation, Evan and Jessie launch an all-out war to see who can sell the most lemonade before school starts. As the battleground heats up, there really is no telling who will win—and even more important, if their fight will ever end.

Here is a clever blend of humor, math wizardry, and business know-how. As it captures the one-of-a-kind bond between brother and sister, this poignant novel subtly explores how arguments can escalate beyond anyone’s intent. 


"The basics of economics take a backseat to Evan and Jessie's realizations about themselves and their relationship. Davies does a good job of showing the siblings' strengths, flaws, and points of view in this engaging chapter book."—Booklist

"The result is a funny, fresh, and plausible novel with likeable characters, and is suitable for reluctant readers."—School LIbrary Journal

"Good reading for young capitalists."—USA Today

"A clever blend of humor, math fun and savvy marketing tips, it subtly explores how arguments can escalate."—New York Post

"[A] straightforward plot...teaches an important lesson on sibling relationships."—The Washington Times

"This compelling tale about growing up and getting along is appealing and engaging." —Book Links

Awards and Lists

  • Texas Reads One Book
  • Massachusetts Book Award Honor
  • Nutmeg Award
  • Nene Award
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award
  • Grand Canyon Reader's Award, Nominee
  • Colorado Children's Book Award, Nominee
  • Sunshine State Young Readers Award, Nominee
  • Golden Sower Award, Nominee
  • Rhode Island Children's Book Award, Nominee
  • South Carolina Children and Junior Book Award, Nominee
  • Virginia Reader's Choice, Nominee
  • Iowa Children's Choice, Nominee
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award, Nominee
  • Young Hoosier Award, Nominee
  • Sasquatch Reading Award, Nominee
  • Maud Hart Lovelace Award, Nominee