Sour Lemon and Sweet Tea

The Sour Lemon Series Book 1

Children - Social Issues
182 Pages
Reviewed on 04/10/2018
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Sour Lemon and Sweet Tea: The Sour Lemon Series, Book 1 by Julane Fisher is a beautiful story with some powerful messages for young readers. Eleven-year-old Lillie Mae and her twin, Ellie, live on a chicken farm in Triple Gap, a sleepy town forty miles north of Atlanta. Most of their brothers and sisters are twins. They have invited their friends to their farm to play baseball and they have not invited Violet, the meanest girl in their class and the richest girl in town. Ellie calls her twin Lillie Mae 'sour lemon' because of her annoying habit of talking back. Lillie knows her parents are upset because of a stranger in town who is trying to buy their farm. Their father tells them that they will be able to keep their farm, one way or the other.

The story captures the lives of a normal family living on a farm, the obstacles they face due to the impending development of the area, and the way they resolve their issues. It is also a story about forgiveness and self-discovery. All the characters in the story are relatable and real and the author also demonstrates the Southern humor effortlessly through the dialogues. The conversational style of narration pulls readers into the scenes and the story, and it is good to see Lillie Mae slowly changing from being a sour lemon. It is a charming bedtime storybook to read out to children and the detailed descriptions and vivid images portrayed will make children look forward to book 2.

Wayne & Elizabeth

I really love the way this Author writes ( Julane Fisher)
My 12 year old son doesn’t like to read much untill we found this book!
I was so happy that he was excited to read. We are looking forward too her next book!

Catherine

I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of Sour Lemon and Sweet Tea for my review. As a retired school teacher and K-8 school administrator; I am always on the lookout for a good, value based book for tweens. This is an engaging and realistic story about eleven year old twin girls, whose personalities could not be more opposite. The backdrop for the story is a farm in rural Georgia. The author sprinkles witty, southern humor throughout the pages, as she writes about the challenges and responsibilities of growing up on a farm. The variety of characters in this story are very relatable. They find themselves challenged by life situations that many families deal with today. Dinners around the table, relationships with grandparents, personal chores, lots of light hearted fun make this a great read for the intended group or for read aloud time with a parent. Life lessons regarding social relationships, family values and forgiveness are intertwined in each chapter. The author’s descriptive word pictures are captivating and make for great discussions. A teacher would enjoy using this book as a springboard for addressing personal responsibility, compassion, and even some classroom lessons on what make s for good story writing! Sour Lemon and SweetTea was a pleasure to read and now to recommend to others.