So about a month ago, I'm on the phone with my lovely agent talking about the first draft of my work in progress. Oh, the work had much
to be admired ("admired"?), my agent said. And the writing was absolutely glorious. But there was, she said in her New-York-gentle-way, some emotional element missing. She kept referring to this book, The Lemonade War
, that "just got it right." "Oh, it's a wonderful
book," she enthused. "I just love
that book!" Jealousy reared its ugly head. Could it really be that
good? Grudgingly, I checked the audiobook of Jackie Davie's Lemonade War
out from my library to listen to. I figured it probably wasn't that good, but it would make my agent happy if I read it.
I am here (quite humbly) today to tell you it was
that good. And yes, I ended up loving the book as well. The Lemonade War
is about Evan Treski, who is "people smart," and his younger sister, Jessie, who is math smart. Decoding other people's emotions is her weakest subject. Just a week before school starts, a rift develops between Evan and Jessie. An all-out war ensues to see who can make the most money selling at a lemonade stand in just five days. With a light touch, Davies turns a typical brother- sister rivalry story into a poignant exploration of the complexities of emotion, change, and that sibling bond. There's a good reason The Lemonade War
has either won or been nominated for just about every state's children's book award out there! Thankfully, Jackie continued Evan and Jessie's story in The Lemonade Thief
and the latest edition to the trilogy, The Bell Bandit.
She's also written five other novels and picture books.
And not only was the book every bit as great as my agent said it was, Jackie is a dog mom too! Let's meet this talented author and her lovely lab, Harley, in today's Fido and Friend in Five:
1. How did you and
Harley find each other?
|Take me home!|
was born one of nine puppies on a lovely farm in Southern New Hampshire on
September 11, 2003. When it was my turn to choose from the litter, there were
just two puppies left, both of them female. One was clearly an Alpha—very
outgoing, energetic, fearless, funny. The other dog was shy at first. She
stayed in her quiet corner, only venturing out to the center of the pen when
the more rambunctious puppy settled down. Then she cuddled up to me. Here was a
dog who was looking for a quiet life with lots of love. That’s the dog I took
2. What makes Harley's
Other dogs! She is the most endlessly sociable dog you’ve ever met. Her
perpetual goal: to earn a tummy rub. She’ll do anything for you if you scratch
3. What's your all-time
favorite dog story/novel?
down: Bark, George
by Jules Feiffer.
It’s a hilarious picture book with outrageous pictures and a surprise plot
twist at the end. I use this book in my graduate level classes to explore the
relationship between text and illustration in children’s books.
4. If Harley could
change just one thing about you, what would it be?
|Harley's fav. spot|
she’d like me to be much less busy so that I could devote all my time to
rubbing her stomach. She probably also wishes I weren’t so allergic to poison
ivy so that we could visit her favorite wooded dog park in the summer time.
(It’s filled with poison ivy, so we avoid it from May to September.) Other than
that, she’s a very forgiving and accepting dog. I wish I could be as
non-judgmental as she is.
5. In five words, tell
us what Harley means to you (and it can be a 5-word sentence):
makes me laugh daily.
Thanks so much to Jackie and Harley for visiting with Fido and Friend in Five! Be sure to check out Jackie's website for all the latest on her books, her awards, and her writing life.
I'm a sucker for these dog stories and there is nothing like a sweet lab.ReplyDelete
PS. Now off to find Lemonade War.
You'll love it, Augusta. It's a wonderful book!ReplyDelete