Book 2 in the Lemonade War series
Post contains spoilers for Book 1 in the series, the Lemonade War. You can check out my review for that here.
This book continues to follow siblings Evan and Jessie as school starts after their lemonade war. Jessie accuses a student of stealing the lemonade money, and puts together a trial by jury to determine whether he’s guilty or not.
What I Liked
- This book did a great job introducing the American justice system. It went over the basic concepts of judge, jury, witness, lawyers and it introduced more sophisticated concepts like plaintiff, defense, and perjury.
- I love that the trial (rightfully) focused on whether they could prove guilt, and not on whether or not the event actually happened. When you’re on a jury, you have to make your decision based solely on the evidence provided, and I feel we miss that aspect a lot in media.
- I really like the sibling dynamic in this book. Their relationship sort of reminds me of the Magic Treehouse duo (Jack and Annie), although the characters in The Lemonade Crime (Evan and Jessie) have different personalities (and no magic!)
What I Didn’t Like
- It took a while to get into this book. Although to be fair, when I started listening to the book I was getting a root canal so… that could have affected my opinion. 😛 It’s written at a fourth grade level, which I think is why it took me some time to get into the mind of a fourth grader. But I think actual fourth graders wouldn’t have this issue. 🙂
- They did miss a couple aspects of a trial, like cross-examination of witnesses. But overall introduced so much in a non-overwhelming way that this isn’t really much of a fault.
I think this series should get much more attention that it currently gets! It’s super informative and I think fourth graders who are thirsty for learning will really enjoy this book.
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