Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush by Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz

lolaLola Zola and the Lemonade Crush

By Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz

209 pages – ages 9+

Published by CreateSpace on July 28, 2012

Lola Zola’s family is in a fix – both of Lola’s parents have gotten laid-off of work. They need money. But, how can Lola help? After all, she’s only a 6th grader! But, what if she sold lemonade? Lola and her best friend set up a lemonade stand to help raise money for her family. But, the thing is, the no-good, horrible, rich kid Buck has set up a stand across the street from them! And, he has a bunch of cool things like a limo, a famous basketball player, and much more, to attract buyers! Lola decides she has to make her lemonade even better. When Lola adds a special ingredient that makes people think that her lemonade has magical qualities, sales rocket! But Lola soon figures out the lemonade war is getting out of hand.

I think that this is a great book for kids who like realistic fiction stories. All the characters in the book and the setting (a town in the desert called Mirage) are very believable. The plot is something that could happen in any kid’s life and I think that makes it more enjoyable to read. I am now curious to try lemonade with Lola’s secret ingredient (I’m not going to tell you what it is). 🙂 Ms. Winograd and Ms. Hirtz have a great writing style and even though this isn’t the action/adventure book I typically pickup, the writing is great and the story is told very well so it kept me turning the pages. Though it is a self-published book, the story is thoroughly edited and hangs together well. I hate saying this, but I even liked the tad bit of romance-twist at the end of the story (romance – *yuck*). This is a book that I think kids, boys and girls, will enjoy.

I give Lola Zola 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

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41 replies

  1. Oh my goodness, you made me giggle out loud with your confession about the end of the book. Another wonderfully thorough review, Erik. Sounds like a great read.
    ~CM for “The Gang”

  2. This reminds me greatly of “The Lemonade War”.

    Kudos to the authors for earning this sentence: “Though it is a self-published book, the story is thoroughly edited and hangs together well.” So many don’t. Good job, Mary and Jackie!!

    Your last commen made me laugh, too. My friend Susan Kaye Quinn got her start writing YA romance. Here recent MG title was written because her boys wanted a story with “less kissing.” 🙂

  3. Great review Erik! I like her thinking, so you can compete with limos after all, super!

  4. I had lemonade/kool aid stands as a kid but never with a magic potion, or a limo, or romance at the end. We were usually just sticky. I like that this self-pub. went to the trouble of getting it edited thoroughly, way to go Winograd and Hirtz! Nice review, Erik.

  5. This story sounds as though it has many aspects to the plot. Children do have to learn to be resourceful and even then they have to cope with competition. I hope the magic ingredient was love! Perhaps, something other than what was expected happened! P.s. great review Erik; your writing style is developing in leaps and bounds.

  6. Reblogged this on Lola Zola and commented:
    Thank you Erik, for this fabulous post.

  7. If it can get you to slightly like the romance angle, then it must be a great book. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Thrilled to hear that this self-published book was well-edited! I like the protagonist’s name, too! Great review!

  9. Most kids can relate to lemonade stands. Sounds like a fun book. But, your comments at the end are priceless. Great review.

  10. I hope the special ingredient is bacon. I LOVE bacon. I also love lemonade. And coffee. And chicken. And ice cream. And those little candies that the geese leave on the ground for me.

    Love and licks,

  11. Romance, YUCK! Hahahaha. Loved that comment, Erik. Have you ever had strawberry lemonade? YUM YUM YUM!!!! I’ll have to get this book. It sounds like a funtastic story. Thanks for telling us about it, Erik.

  12. Lola sounds like my kind of girl, one who is always coming up with ideas and not afraid to try something new. Great review!

  13. I am curious about the secret ingredient. This sounds like a fun book! Glad to hear that it is well edited and such a great read. 🙂

  14. Lola’s cat Bowzer thanks you, too. Yay, Erik.

  15. Reblogged this on Lola Zola and commented:
    Check out this terrific review from Erik The Kid.

  16. This reminds me of The Lemonade Wars by Jaqueline Davies though I like how this book has characters of color.

  17. Thanks for the thorough review, I’ve been wanting to read this one.

  18. Magic lemonade. Hmmm. And resourceful kids. Sounds like a good combination. Nice review Erik!

  19. Nice to see a contemporary realistic fiction here, and a girl in the book cover too. This is what I love best about you, dear Erik! You read most everything! 🙂

    • Yes, everything but fashion things (Fashion? What’s that???), books like Twilight (yuk! Too much romance!), and gossip things (I don’t care much for gossip). That sums it pretty much all up, plus one or two other things. 🙂

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