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With the help of Class 4-0, Jessie and Evan Treski have waged a lemonade war, sought justice in a class trial and even unmasked a bell thief. In the fourth installment, Valentine's Day and a lesson about the distinctive power of poetry collide when someone leaves mysterious candy hearts for the class. Not to worry, self-appointed ace reporter, Jessie, is determined to getWith the help of Class 4-0, Jessie and Evan Treski have waged a lemonade war, sought justice in a class trial and even unmasked a bell thief. In the fourth installment, Valentine's Day and a lesson about the distinctive power of poetry collide when someone leaves mysterious candy hearts for the class. Not to worry, self-appointed ace reporter, Jessie, is determined to get the scoop on class crushes—no matter the consequences. Poignant and funny,  it’s a Valentine’s Day mystery full of sweet (and sour) surprises....

Title : The Candy Smash
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ISBN : 9780544022089
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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The Candy Smash Reviews

  • Samantha
    2019-03-21 15:10

    In this fourth book in the Lemonade War series Valentine's Day is approaching and there's love in the air and a juicy mystery to be solved. Who's been giving everyone in class boxes of candy hearts with personalized messages? And who drew a heart in the girls bathroom professing their love for Evan Treski? Jessie, the self-appointed roving reporter, is determined to find out.Meanwhile, the class is studying poetry and Evan finds he REALLY likes it, but is embarrassed to admit it. He tries his hand at writing a few poems and creates some true masterpieces, but is reluctant to share them with anyone. This series is so well written. The characterization is top notch and the author excels at exploring a child's feelings ranging from family relationships to school friendships and everything in between.The inclusion of poetry in this book was well done. Many fine examples of poetry were shared by some well known poets like e.e. cummings and Sylvia Plath. Highly recommended for grades 3-5.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-10 14:13

    This is the only book in the Lemonade Wars series that I've read, and it was okay. A cute, quick read suited for upper-elementary students and reluctant readers. I love sensitive Evan--particularly how he treats his Alzheimers-ridden grandmother--but Jessie wasn't all that likable (to me, anyway.) She's a bit like a child-sized Sheldon Cooper, whom I enjoy, but I was annoyed by Jessie rather that entertained.

  • A
    2019-03-05 10:57

    Book #4 in the Lemonade War Series. Really cuts story. Enjoyable read! Good read for 4-5th graders, but younger readers enjoyed having this book read to them. Lexile 730 - Reading Counts:8 Points

  • Ellie
    2019-03-12 09:56

    Jessie can't find a big news story. Then then she finds out that Megan her friend wrote in the bathroom, M.M.+E.T. Megan also gave out the candy hearts and Jessie put it in the news. Later Evan told her it wasn't a good idea. But what my whole point is later Jessie makes a very good newspaper at the end. I enjoyed that. I am a fourth grader and I recommend this book to all 4th graders.

  • Joon Sung
    2019-03-10 17:10

    The Candy SmashBy: Jacqueline DaviesReview By: Joon Sung OhThis book is about how Jessie and Evan Treski spent Valentines Day. They are siblings (Evan is a year older than Jessie), and they are both in forth grade (since Jessie skipped a grade), and go to Riverside Elementary School. In room 4-0 with Mrs. Overton, everything is going well with the year until a problem arises-there are rumors and conflicts by word spreading around in the school about crushes, until it all is solved by working them out with talks. Throughout the story, Jessie, the main character, creates a blockbuster newspaper for Valentines Day, but another problem arises-all of her pie charts and statistics were inaccurate (she divided the numbers by 26, not 27, which is the actual number of students in her class), and she did not have enough time to fix them in time for Valentines Day, so she took care of them during recess in time to share it with the class.I liked how the author used a wide variety of vocabulary words as the name of the chapters. They helped widen my vocabulary. I found some to be particularly interesting! Also, I liked how the author wrote numerous similes, metaphors, and other types of figurative language, which made the book very intriguing and interesting to read. An example is, "But he couldn't think of a thing to say. It was as if every word in his brain had packed up and headed south to Florida for the winter." They really kept me reading! Finally, I loved how the author included several romantic, dramatic, peaceful, and detailed poems by many different authors, which contributed to the loving, peaceful, joyful, and sympathetic moods of Valentines Day. The author included the poem, Fog, by Carl Sandburg."The fog comeson little cat feet.It sits lookingover harbor and cityon silent haunchesand then moves on."But my favorite poem is Hope, by Emily Dickinson.""Hope" is the thing with feathers-That perches in the soul-And sings the tune without the words-And never stops-at all-"In conclusion, this is a book that is well worth reading. I enjoyed very much and would recommend it to all middle school students that like books with twists and turns and new vocabulary that is defined (to help readers learn new words). Overall, I was always engaged in this book and would recommend it to everyone!

  • Becky
    2019-02-25 09:11

    The fourth book in Jacqueline Davies Lemonade War series brings us to February in Jessie and Evan Treski's fourth grade year. Apparently after returning to school, Jessie decided to start a classroom newspaper. The Candy Smash is ALL about Jessie working very hard as a journalist and reporter as she tries to figure out the ethics of publishing. For example, if Jessie *knows* that someone like-likes someone, should she report it? Perhaps if Jessie herself were to have a crush, she'd know the answer to that one. But boys, well, they just don't interest her yet. Evan, on the other hand, well, he is definitely interested in one particular girl. (He has been since The Lemonade War!) The Candy Smash isn't all about journalism. The teacher has started a poetry unit. While some students like hearing and discussing the poems each class day, Evan happens to love it. He tries not to let his love show too much, of course. But Evan's big secret: HE LOVES POETRY. And at home, behind his unlocked "locked" door (there's a sign on the door) he writes poetry of his own. For someone who has struggled with school, Evan's newly discovered gift with words is pure blessing. The books have been getting more serious as the series progresses. In the Candy Smash, readers learn that Grandma has come to stay with them. I was very relieved to learn that she would not be left on her own. Also, Jessie has started thinking a LOT about her father whom she hasn't seen in over a year. Readers learn that HE is a journalist, that he travels all over the world. I knew, of course, that their mother is a single mom, divorced, but this is the first mention that I can recall revealing details about the dad.

  • Lisa Fabiano
    2019-03-07 11:13

    The latest book in the Lemonade War series involves secrets, crushes and a mystery. Jessie and Evan are learning about poetry in school. Evan has a knack for it but Jessie does not get it, instead she is focused on the class newspaper. As Valentine's Day approaches, little candy hearts start to appear in everyone's desk. Who is leaving the candy hearts and why does Jessie want to conduct a class survey?

  • Sharie
    2019-03-10 17:21

    Another book in the Lemonade Wars series. Such a good series for the Elementary Youth. And this one really does a good job teaching kids about how to be kind to each other.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-04 09:19

    I didn't enjoy the last (3rd) book in this series as much, however this one was right back up in quality, in my opinion. I really enjoyed reading about Evan and Jessie's class and the Valentine's Day mysteries. Jessie is a great example of how some people just can't "read" others well and how social situations can become awkward for them when they can't pick up on cues and such. It's also interesting to see the maturation of the 'kids in 4-O' and how they are dealing with changing feelings. I look forward to reading the next (and I believe last) book.

  • Miss Sarah
    2019-03-06 17:08

    This series continues to introduce relevant and tough topics to kids in creative ways. Evan and Jessie have hit Valentine's day in their school year and Jessie is having a hard time with the concept of kids liking one another. Fun and fast paced Davies still manages to throw in some heartfelt moments like the students comforting the teacher

  • Gilbert Seaver
    2019-02-21 10:18

    One of the things I learned was to respect others feelings.I liked when Even finely realizes that his candy heart were the specialist of all.I liked Even because he is a lot like me. I would recomend this book to kids at the age of 11 or 12!

  • Samantha Buchheit
    2019-02-23 12:53

    So I was rereading this book as well and wow! There was a lot of stuff I never noticed about it! Although the characters are all eight and nine year olds, I totally forgot all about it while reading. The book tackles topics like autism in an amazing way. I would actually recommend this to anyone!

  • Ana Paula
    2019-02-25 17:16

    I personally like this book very much. I could clearly understand what the author was trying to tell their readers and what message the author wanted to tell. I loved what the story was based on.

  • Peter
    2019-03-02 13:16

    i liked it a lot but it was too disappointing at the end. Evan and Morgan are just friends. JUST FRIENDS?like,COME ON! it was SO SAD!!!! but other than that it was okay.

  • Joey l
    2019-02-20 17:06

    I liked this book because it relates to me and my sister. I always get in arguments with my sister and we do many competitions against each other. I recommend reading the book Lemonade stand.

  • Pam
    2019-03-19 09:54

    A fun look inside the minds of 10 year olds and their ideas on love. Love the characters of Evan and Jessie.

  • Katelyn
    2019-03-21 16:10

    The book is so good in my opinion

  • Mrgaret
    2019-03-18 13:15


  • Emily
    2019-03-10 10:58

    3 1/2 Stars

  • Heather Richmond
    2019-03-08 12:14

    I absolutely love this series. I went out of order bc I found this one at goodwill. These are great stories and educational! Love them for the kids!!

  • Kami Danaei
    2019-03-13 13:55

    The Candy Smash starts a couple days before Valentine's Day. The class of 4-0 all received boxes of candy hearts with personal messages. Evan got regular ones that said Be Mine. Evan got very angry but he tried to ignore it. Jessie told her self that she was going to find out who gave them the candies. Later at lunch Jessie asked Megan, her best friend, if she liked Evan, Evan was Jessie's brother. A couple people had heard and soon the whole class of 4-0 was crowding Jessie and Megan. Megan did not answer but was very shy and got very mad at Jessie. Evan's friends kept making fun of Evan and joking around about Megan and Evan liking each other. During school they were learning about poetry and Evan had really enjoyed it. One day at school Jessie had gone to the bathroom and saw a heart and in the middle of it, it said, "M.M+ E.T" Jessie was now trying to solve that mystery. Jessie thought of giving everyone in 4-0 a love survey and at the end she would give back the results. Another day went by and again after lunch there was candy boxes in the room and once again Evan got regular heart candy. He stormed off into the bathroom and threw them away. Jessie was curious and she went into the boys bathroom and saw that Evan had got a regular candy box. After school Jessie had wandered into Evans room and accidentally pushed over his trash can she saw a piece of crumbled paper and opened it up. It was a poem that Evan had made called Pony Tail, about Megan. In the morning of Valentine's Day Jessie had a newspaper ready. She put Evans poem in it and didn't tell him so that she could surprise him. In the morning Jessie went to the school bathroom and saw Megan in there crying. Jessie asked if Megan could come out so she could go to the bathroom. When she went to the bathroom, she saw that Megan had tried to wipe off the heart. Then Jessie told Megan that she knew it was her heart because she had drawn the exact same heart on the poster for the lemonade stand they had done in the summer. Then Jessie came out of the stall and she told Megan that there was a mystery solved and she had to get to class. Megan started to wipe off her tears and the bell rang so they walked to class. During class Jessie had told the class that there was mysteries solved, there were results of the survey and there was even a poem in the newspaper. Evan got scared and started to wonder if the poem was his. He didn't want any of his friends to know that he wrote poems. At lunch Megan asked Jessie what mystery was solved. Jessie told her that she found out that Megan was the one giving people the candy hearts. Then Megan started to cry again. Soon Evan had came and Jessie told him that Megan was crying. Jessie told him that Megan was the one who gave the candy hearts. Evan got really mad and asked Megan why she gave him a regular box. She said that she didn't. What she said to him was a special message. Evan asked why it said "I love you". Megan said that is was a special message and Evan just said oh. Then Evan grabbed a newspaper out of Jessie's bag and ran. Jessie chased after him. When Jessie found him Evan had told her that she could not give away the newspaper. He was not ok with his poem in there and he knew that Megan's feelings would be broke. Jessie agreed to not publish it and they both helped tear them up. Evan had kept one and he showed Megan the poem he had made for her. She asked if she could keep it and Evan said yes. Then all of a sudden Scott Spencer came running and snatched the paper out of Megan's hand. They ran after him. Scott went into the classroom and Ms. Overton told him to give her back the newspaper. Then she cleared out who it belonged to. She asked why there were no newspapers and Jessie said that she had made a mistake. The teacher and Jessie both agreed that she could make a new newspaper just without any names and permission of poems. Evan had later went up to Megan and apologized to Megan for always ignoring her. He explained that his friends made fun of him. Megan and Evan decided to be friends and then the new newspaper came out. This book was about a good story line but I was able to predict what would happen. It wasn't very suspenseful. I did enjoy this book but it wasn't the best book I have ever read. To me it was very simple to guess who had written on the stall and who had given out the candy.

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2019-02-25 17:18

    The Candy Smash is the fourth book in the Lemonade War series about Jessie and Evan Treski, siblings who are in the same fourth grade class. It is February and Valentine’s Day approaches. Inspired by his teacher’s presentation of a poem of the day, Evan starts writing love poems, first about his grandmother and later about Megan Moriarty, on whom he has a crush. In the meantime, Jessie works on her extra credit project, a class newspaper. She hopes to find out not only who is delivering secret forbidden candy to the whole class, but also who in her class has a crush on someone else and how her classmates think crushes should be revealed. As in the other books of the series, Jessie fails to understand basic social cues, while Evan loses patience with his sister when she violates his privacy.So far, in this series, Jacqueline Davies has taught readers about economics, law, and maps. In The Candy Smash, she focuses on journalism and poetry. Each chapter opens with the definition of a term associated with either newspapers or creative writing, and through Jessie and Evan’s experiences, the reader learns the proper use of these terms. The educational aspect of the story is certainly subtle and does not overpower the plot, but there are lots of great opportunities for classroom teachers to connect this book to their curricula.This is a largely character driven story, which provides a lot of insight into the personalities of both Jessie and Evan. Only Evan’s character truly seems to develop, though; I keep wondering with each new book when Jessie is going to begin to mature a little bit as well. True, she is a year younger than her classmates, but even so, there should be some changes happening in her worldview and relationships that I haven’t really seen yet. Davies does a great job of depicting Jessie’s innocence and lack of experience, but it’s becoming less believable as she gets older. I was also surprised by how little their grandmother appears in this story. After the events of The Bell Bandit, she has moved in with the Treskis, but we don’t see much of her, even though her presence looms large in Evan’s poetic mind. Also notable is Jessie and Evan’s teacher, who is invested in her students and dedicated to helping them improve as students and as possible. I love the way she uses her cat, Langston, as her class mascot and displays pictures of him around her classroom. I’d put her in the same category as Clementine’s wonderful teacher, Mr. D’Matz.My favorite thing about this book, overall, is how well it handles the romance theme. Many books for younger middle grade readers introduce dating into their fourth grade characters’ lives as though it is a perfectly natural thing for nine-year-olds to pair off into couples. In my experiences with kids, they are not into dating at that young an age, and this book reflects reality much more closely than a lot of others of this same reading level and genre. Sure, the characters have crushes, but they are still figuring out what that means and how it will impact their friendships. I especially like the way Evan’s crush on Megan is resolved - sweetly, but without tons of adult commitments and middle school-esque drama.The Candy Smash doesn’t really stand on its own, so I’d recommend starting with The Lemonade War and reading the books in order. Parents should feel comfortable giving this series to their second- and third-graders who are strong readers, and I think even fifth graders can still enjoy the stories. Budding journalists and poets will love the back matter showing the class newspaper and some of the poems the students have written. Though Valentine’s Day has passed for this year, there is lots in this book that’s worth reading any time!

  • Maggie
    2019-03-05 10:01

    Wow, this book was great! I have not read the other books in this series; I chose this one in particular because I am a poetry fan. I loved the way Davies integrated poetry into the story; both poems by published poets (especially e.e. cummings), and poems written by the characters (which were, yes, quite a bit better than your average fourth graders' poems, but so wonderful, inspiring, and true to the characters that I was more than willing to forgive). I also enjoyed Jessie's story. Nowhere in the book does it specifically state that she is somewhere on the autism spectrum, nor do I think that is necessary, but clearly, she is. As with any character, there are kids who will directly relate to her, and kids who will see in her someone they know. If there is any flaw with the book, it is that the kids are too smart and their teacher is too perfect, but, hey, sometimes it's nice seeing a model of the world working out its problems in a thoughtful and intelligent way. In fact, as I think about it, Ms. Davies' book serves as a model in many ways--a model of how to write and think about poetry, how to be a good journalist, how to be a good teacher, how to be a good friend and classmate, and on and on, all in a remarkably entertaining manner. Is it, then, a didactic novel? In a sense, I suppose, and yet it doesn't have that this-book-is-good-for-you flavor. All in all, reading this book feels like being in a class where you don't realize you're learning because you're having so much fun doing it. Although it's aimed at older elementary kids, it's definitely something I'd recommend to younger (age-wise and/or maturity-wise) middle school kids as well.

  • Kristin
    2019-03-01 13:23

    Check this review out and others on my blog: Get Real.After a disappointing third volume in this sequence, Jacqueline Davies rallied with the Candy Smash, the fourth story in her Lemonade War series. While the author left lemonade behind after the second book, the same themes and style from the Lemonade War continue to be featured throughout the series. Each book focuses on a particular topic, and Davies uses pertinent vocabulary words, germaine problem-solving opportunities and other interactive features to give the books a quality that makes this series stand out among the pack of chapter books for 3rd- and 4th-graders. The Lemonade War focused on marketing and economics, while its sequel The Lemonade Crime focused on the justice system. The Bell Bandit went a little off course from this framework and thus failed a little. But, the Candy Smash was a funny return to form that focused on poetry and journalism. Siblings Evan and Jessie are a great pair of opposites who still have a great, if sometimes rocky, relationship. Valentine's Day is approaching and there are two mysteries to solve: the identity of the person who has been leaving candy hearts in the students' desks; and who the writer is of a message on the girls' bathroom wall.Lots of fun and lots of opportunities for readers to dive right into the problems and concepts in the book. There's one more left in this series, and I'll be waiting to see what the writer has in store for us!

  • Logan Hughes
    2019-03-11 11:55

    A return to format & form for the Lemonade series: yay, we're back to connecting the story to real-world lessons/skills/definitions! I would prefer a single overarching topic (like Business in book 1 and Law in book 2), rather than the two we have here (Poetry for Evan and Journalism for Jessie), but they both connect well to the story and can teach you a thing or two.It's Valentine's Day in the Lemonadeverse. Running a class newspaper, Jessie tried to delve into the mystery of "who likes who" because (1) she doesn't understand and therefore must do research and (2) she knows it will move papers! She learns important lessons about journalistic ethics, including protecting sources and copyright infringement. Meanwhile, the depth of Evan's love for Megan is such than he can only express it in poetry, which the class happens to be learning about. Includes some poetry definitions I didn't know(!), interpretation of actual poems (I have always wanted a kids' book to do this; actually, I had an idea to write one, but I'm definitely not the right person, which is why I wanted the book in the first place; poetry was so mysterious to me as a kid; I'm a Jessie), and presents a cool technique for writing your own poetry. While the poetry definitions themselves don't relate to "lessons" Evan learns in the typical sense--his chapters are more about feelings--there is at least one example of the technique in the actual language of each chapter, and kids will have a fun time finding them.

  • Sandra
    2019-03-06 14:58

    This is the fourth book in the Lemonade War Series by Jacqueline Davies. Saint Valentine's Day is near. Someone anonymous is leaving candy hearts with special messages in the desk of the 4-O kids at Hillside School. Someone has drawn a heart in a door in the girls bathroom with Meghan and Evan initials in it. If Jessie could reveal this mysteries she will have the perfect headline for her newsletter. Meanwhile, Evan discovers how much he loves poetry and how good is he at writing it. I had a great time again reading this series. There were three topics in this book that I specially liked the way they were touched. One of them was the situation the family is facing with Grandma, that is now living with them since she can't take care of herself anymore. Grandma is disoriented, sometimes she can't remember Evan's name. At other moments she looks distressed, altered, nervous, and even lost, trying to do things that do not make much sense to the kids. I loved the way Evan tries to calm her down, help her feel better, even this is a little painful to him. Evan and Jessie's parents divorce is other of the topics I think was faced with the necessary seriousness, and specially real respect for the kids feelings. And finally poetry itself was shown like something so funny, easy and delectable to write, that even I want to try! Check out more children's book reviews in my Reviews in Chalk Blog!

  • Diane
    2019-02-26 11:58

    "If everyone stopped treating this love stuff like it was top secret, the whole thing would be a lot easier. It still wouldn't make any sense, but it would be easier."Love is in the air in 4-O as Valentine's Day approaches. But it's something that Jessie just doesn't get. She doesn't get poetry, either. Evan, on the other hand, really enjoys reading and writing poetry, though he's terrified that his friends might find out. "That's what poems do. Take a feeling and make it real, right in the moment."Jessie pours all her energy into her classroom newspaper, The 4-O Forum. So far, the students haven't been that interested in Jessie's newspaper. She really wants to find a story that will grab her audience. "I need to uncover a secret." So when Jessie sees M.M. + E.T on the bathroom stall wall, she knows this could be the mystery she's looking for. Jessie has no idea that when she asks Megan if she loves Evan, it's going to create problems for herself, Evan and Megan. Why should it?Adding more intrigue and excitement to the upcoming holiday, candy hearts appear in everyone's desk with personalized messages. Who would break the rules and give everyone candy? And why, when all the messages are so personal, are Evan's generic?Classroom drama that students will recognize.

  • Berkeley Poder
    2019-02-28 10:56

    Abigail ramirez This book is the fourth book in the lemonade war and its sooooooooooo good it has mystery and love. i just love how the author changes the character in every chapter for example in chapter 1 it starts with Evan then in chapter 2 Evan's sister Jessie is the character. So in this book Jessie is looking for a top story for her classroom newspaper so she makes everyone do a love survey and she see's that someone has a crush on her!!!!!!!!! Then there's candy hearts popping out of nowhere??????Jessie is determined to find out and Evan has some secrets as well story summery just as i'm about to get out of the boys restroom the door swings open with no time to hide Jessie stands there and waits.Its two little boys and they just stop and stare at her " HEY YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE IN HERE" shouts one of the boys " i'm dead," Jessie thought "i'm so dead

  • Barbara
    2019-02-27 14:53

    The Treski siblings are at it again. Even though Evan loves his younger sister Jessie, she seems unable to respect his need for privacy or the social norms of fourth-grade life. When Valentine's candy appears unexpectedly (and anonymously) in everyone's desks, Jessie decides to solve the mystery while also surveying everyone on their crushes. While she gathers material for the newspaper articles she plans to write, she inadvertently wounds her brother and her best friend Megan. Evan, meanwhile, is experiencing unfamiliar and confusing feelings about a classmate and surprisingly enjoys writing poetry, neither of which he wants to be made public. But as Jessie singlemindedly strives toward her goal, what the two of them want clashes. This series continues to impress with its complicated characters, interesting family dynamics, and nifty terms defined at the start of each chapter. I also loved how Mrs. Overton, the class's teacher, shares poetry, even her own poem written about her ailing cat Langston, with the students. The book even includes appropriate-to-the-situation poems by E. E. Cummings, Sylvia Plath, Valerie Worth, Carl Sandburg, and Eleanor Farjean. I can't imagine anyone growing weary of these poems or the characters in this book.

  • Tricia
    2019-03-08 15:02

    In this book, Jessie and Evan (and Megan, for that matter) are at odds over the matter of secrets and privacy. Fourth grade crushes also figure prominently, as it is set near Valentine's Day. The main 'teaching' theme is poetry and literary terminology. Jessie wants to find a scoop for her newspaper (extra credit project) and Evan discovers he loves reading and writing poetry but is kind of embarrassed about it. (He is pretty good at it to boot, possibly his first academic point of excellence?). The grandmother has moved in with them (as we learned at end of The Bell Bandit but is not much of a presence - except as inspiration for one of Evan's poems. I appreciated the poetry writing lessons that were sprinkled throughout the book (not heavy-handed at all). And that particularly wonderful e.e. cummings love poem is in here ( [i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] )The 9yo also enjoyed this a lot. The 12yo read it before we did, and said "it was okay" although I think he was a tiny bit more effusive when he first finished it.