This is a sequel to The Lemonade War . The summer sibling feud between Evan and Jessie is over. The two made up and will be in the same fourth grade class. Evan and Jessie believe Scott stole Evan's $208. A few weeks into the new school year Jessie decides to put Scott on trail for theft. The entire fourth grade class takes part in the trial. Though Jessie is the youngest (she skipped) everyone listens as Jessie assigns what roll everyone will play from judge to jury.
The story alternates between Evan and Jessie. Each chapter is headed by a defined legal term. Scott's served in the 5th chapter called Accused. Once again Davies writes a great story. Evan and Jessie's voices ring very true, and the same goes for their classmates. I enjoyed watching the trail play out. Davies gives young readers a good look at the legal system.
I loved The Lemonade War and was very excited to hear a sequel was coming out. Once again Davies writes a great story. The Lemonade Crime can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading The Lemonade War first. Davies novels are a great suggestion for fans of Andrew Clements.
First chapter of The Lemonade Crime
A starred Booklist review