The 2017 Texas Reads One Book program will kick off April 3, 2017,
and feature the book, The Lemonade War
, which includes a focus on financial literacy.
The book is about Evan Treski and his sister Jessie. Jessie wants to keep up with her older brother, which is easy because she's smart — math smart, business smart. What Jessie is missing is that social sense — some call it Emotional IQ — that allows her to read and understand how others react to her intelligence and her drive. Her brother Evan has this.
Evan and Jessie's relationship — and both characters' confused feelings — form the backdrop to Jacqueline Davies' perceptive, sensitive book. Evan and Jessie compete, with their friends, because of a bet over who can sell the most lemonade over the summer. Their competition makes for a lively, brisk read that engages students and parents.
As Evan and Jessie duke it out over supplies and advertising and marketing techniques, they also have to use some math. And Davies does not shy from providing the math lessons that will interest, and perhaps challenge and motivate readers.
No, it's not a math book. It's a well-written, funny, insightful children's novel — that includes math. And that means you can do all the traditional Texas Reads One Book activities with it — the funny, mysterious, engaged assembly; the daily trivia questions; the "best lemonade" tasting banquet — and you can also do some math.