Jessie is amazing at math, but not so great at reading people. Evan has lots of friends, but math is a struggle. When the letter arrives, saying that Jessie will be in Evan's fourth grade class this fall, instead of in third grade, Evan is less than thrilled about the idea. A regular sibling squabble escalates into an all-out war--who can make the most money selling lemonade in a week? Jessie knows she can out-do her brother. And there's no way Evan is going to let his little sister show him up.
This is a highly enjoyable book, with an engaging plot and characters. There are two completely separate bonuses that make fantastic teaching opportunities: first, each chapter is titled after a business concept that relates to the story, such "negotiation," or "joint venture." This would be an excellent companion book to a business simulation theme unit, or a study of elementary economics. Second, this book is an excellent bibliotherapy option for students who struggle to interact with others, as well as students who worry about competing academically with high-performing siblings. Chapters alternate between Jessie's perspective and Evan's point of view.
Class Structure Recommendation: Read-Aloud, Small Group Book Club, or Independent Reading
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
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