"The Lemonade War" by Jacqueline Davies, Chapters 1–4

Siblings Evan and Jessie engage in an all-out war to sell the most lemonade before school starts.

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  1. slump
    a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment
    slump (slŭmp) n. A drop in the activity of a business or the economy.
  2. humiliate
    cause to feel shame
    Evan knew he was being mean, and he hated being mean, especially to her. But he couldn't help it. He was so angry and so humiliated and so full of bats, there was nothing else he could be.
  3. dissolution
    the termination or disintegration of a relationship
    breakup (brāk'up') n. Dissolution of a unit, an organization, or a group of organizations. The Justice Department sometimes forces the breakup of a large corporation into several smaller companies.
  4. corporation
    a business firm recognized by law as a single body
    breakup (brāk'up') n. Dissolution of a unit, an organization, or a group of organizations. The Justice Department sometimes forces the breakup of a large corporation into several smaller companies.
  5. puny
    of inferior size
    He would show them all that she was okay. Not some puny second-grader who didn't really belong.
  6. fluorescent
    brilliantly colored and apparently giving off light
    This was the first year Jessie was old enough to participate, and she had begged her mom to buy foam core and gel pens and fluorescent paper and special stickers for her display.
  7. determined
    characterized by great firmness of purpose
    She was determined to win the prize money: a hundred dollars!
  8. joint
    united or combined
    joint venture ( joint vĕn'char) n. Two or more people joining forces to sell a certain amount of goods or to work on a single project. When the goods are sold or the project is finished, the joint venture ends.
  9. venture
    a commercial undertaking that risks a loss
    joint venture (joint vĕn'char) n. Two or more people joining forces to sell a certain amount of goods or to work on a single project. When the goods are sold or the project is finished, the joint venture ends.
  10. vendor
    someone who exchanges goods or services for money
    It was one of those large red plastic cups that vendors use at professional baseball games.
  11. infestation
    the state of being invaded or overrun by parasites
    His mom had been battling a mad fruit-fly infestation ever since the weather had turned really warm.
  12. tense
    become stretched or taut
    Evan's shoulders tensed up.
  13. expectant
    marked by eager anticipation
    "Dude, you're—" Evan sat up expectantly and looked down the street. "Hey, here comes our first customer."
  14. pedestrian
    a person who travels by foot
    Within five minutes, there was a small crowd of neighborhood kids and pedestrians buying lemonade from the stand.
  15. consultant
    an expert who gives advice
    Mrs. Treski knew about these things because she was a public relations consultant.
  16. client
    someone who pays for goods or services
    She'd even written a booklet called Ten Bright Ideas to Light Up Your Sales for one of her clients.
  17. lull
    a pause during which things are calm
    During a lull in business, Evan walked all around the stand, picking up discarded plastic cups.
  18. optimist
    a person disposed to take a favorable view of things
    That sounded high, even to him, but Evan was an optimist.
  19. ferocious
    marked by extreme and violent energy
    The sun beat down on them so ferociously that it was easy to imagine the sidewalk cracking open and swallowing them whole.
  20. hatch
    devise or invent
    They sat in silence, feeling the heat suck away every bit of their energy. Evan was hatching a plan.
  21. drone
    talk in a monotonous voice
    He imagined himself wearing it as he walked to school. Wearing it on the playground. Hey, Megan. Yeah, it’s my iPod. Sweet, huh? Wearing it in class when the teacher droned on about fractions and percents.
  22. scramble
    move hurriedly
    While Scott was scrambling for his hat, Evan said, "Just hang here for a minute, okay?" and set off down the street.
  23. sneer
    smile contemptuously
    Evan couldn't believe it: She sneered at him.
  24. chant
    utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
    All the kids from Mrs. Pawley's backyard were chanting, "Lemon-ADE! Lemon-ADE! Lemon-ADE!"
  25. stalk
    walk stiffly
    And then he stalked off, all stiff-legged and bristly.
  26. bristly
    very irritable
    And then he stalked off, all stiff-legged and bristly.
  27. hybrid
    produced by crossbreeding
    Or when she accidentally—well, not accidentally, but how was she supposed to know?—picked the red flowers in Grandma's garden that were a hybrid experiment.
  28. pathetic
    deserving or inciting pity
    From past experience, she'd learned that having a lemonade stand alone wasn't considered cool—it was considered pathetic.
  29. cheapskate
    a stingy person who is unwilling to spend money
    You don't want to pour less than that, or people will say you're being a cheapskate.
  30. verge
    the limit beyond which something happens or changes
    And just when Jessie and Megan were on the verge of running out, Mrs. Moriarty went to the store and bought three more cans—free of charge!

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