Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush, the new middle grade novel by Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz, is now available on Amazon. Stay tuned to learn about author signings, book events, the Lola Zola Club, and more!
Eleven-year-old Lola Zola panics when her parents announce, “We were laid-off.”
“Not fired, Lola, laid-off—from the auto plant.”
Either way, it’s bad news.
How will Lola rescue her parents and tail-less cat Bowzer from the jobless blues?
Then the idea of all ideas hits her square in the noggin like a lemon seed spit at one hundred miles per hour: a lemonade stand! Lola goes to work with the squirt and slurp assistance of her best friend, freckle-counting Melanie Papadakis. When Lola’s class rival—Charles Wembly III aka, Slime Bucket—hears what the twister sisters are up to, he opens his own limo-nade stand out of the back of his father’s limousine—right across the street from Lola.
It’s bad enough Lola’s mother might go to work for Slime Bucket’s father—Mr. Stinky Breath. Now, Buck is stealing her customers with an aggressive ad campaign. A serious game of one-upsmanship, “corporate” chicanery, and worker rebellion ensues—turning the town of Mirage upside down and sideways. One exaggerated claim leads to another until word spreads that Lola’s lemonade has secret powers. Can it really erase wrinkles, cure allergies, and promote world peace?
Intrigue and spy organizations run amok until closely kept secrets are revealed and Lola must decide what it means to win. Just when Lola is about to declare victory, she discovers Buck isn’t the enemy after all, and may even be a friend—if not a crush! Is this possible? Let’s just say anything can happen in a desert town called Mirage.
A riotous, rollicking out-and-out fun-fest full of zany characters with tender hearts, this debut collaboration from Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz makes us laugh—and cry as we explore magical thinking, betrayal and forgiveness. Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush celebrates the determination of children, particularly girls, to right the wrongs of the world.
“We wanted to write a book that empowers children, particularly girls, to right the wrongs of the world.” MW