Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush

Vocabulary with Definitions

Chapter 1

1.    humongous (extremely large)

2.    hordes (large group of people)

3.    mirage (something that seems real but isn’t)

4.    laid-off (lost your job)

5.    ecological (ecologically) (good for the environment)

6.    tension (nervousness, disagreement, anger)

7.    squint (to look with eyes partly closed)

8.     union (workers that form a group to fight for better pay, benefits, and working conditions)

9.    monorail (rail or train high above the ground)

10.   international labor movement (unions around the world that stick together i to protect their rights and push for better pay)


Chapter 2


1.    abundant (existing in large amounts)

2.    propaganda (lies or exaggerations made to support a cause or person)

3.    slogan (easy-to-remember phrase)

4.    primp (primping) (dressing or grooming carefully)

5.    rehydration (to have fluids restored or put back)

6.    originate (originated) (started, began)

7.     principle (basic truth or belief)

8.    platform (a politician or party’s principles)

9.    etiquette (rules for polite behavior)

10. impish (playful desire to cause trouble)

11.smug (too pleased with oneself; self-satisfied)



Chapter 3

1.     crimson (deep purplish-red color)

2.     economize (use money carefully)

3.     mortified (felt foolish)

4.     frenzy (frenzied) (temporary madness)

5.     heart transplant (heart removed from one body and placed into another)

6.     minimum wage (least amount of money workers must be paid per hour according to the law)

7.     breadwinner (family member supports the family financially)

   Chapter 4

1.     rite of passage (ritual that marks a change in life)

2.     midlife crisis (panic during middle age)

3.     overhead (costs of running a business)

4.     lingering (staying longer than expected)

5.     profits (money a business makes after costs are paid)

6.      intuition (knowing something without evidence)

7.     menstruation (female’s monthly cycle during which uterine lining is shed if egg is not fertilized)

8.     menace (someone who causes trouble)

Chapter 5

1.     thermal (related to or caused by heat)

2.      hazardous (involving risk or danger)

3.     miffed (annoyed, bothered)


Chapter 6

1.     vengeance  (act of getting back at someone)

2.      deity (god or goddess)

3.     swigging (drinking quickly in large amounts)

4.     debris (pieces left after something is destroyed)

5.    intelligence community: (spies; those who collect secret information)

6.     adorned (decorated)

7.     murmured (spoken softly)

8.     statistics (numbers that represent information)

9.     impromptu (not prepared; on the spur of the moment)

10. bewildered (confused)

 Chapter 7

1.     exquisite (beautiful, nearly perfect)

2.    instinctively (a natural desire)

3.     financial (relating to money)

4.    potential (possibility)

5.    benefactor (someone who gives money to support a cause)

6.    investor (to commit money in hopes of making more money)

7.     interest (money charged on top of a loan)

8.     stash (savings)

9.    immune (protected from disease)

10.spontaneously (on impulse)

11.rebound (bounce back)


Chapter 8

1.    scorching (burning hot)

2.    covert (secret)

3.     dilapidated (falling down)

4.     musty (damp)

5.     dehydrated (lacking water)

6.     irate (annoyed, angry)

7.     visualizing (picturing what something looks like)

8.    visionary (someone who sees into the future; imagines a new way)

9.    enlightenment (experience of seeing the truth)

10.  non-denominational (not pertaining to a specific religion)

11.   clenched (made a fist; tightened)

12. mantra (a repeated word or phrase in meditation)

13.   purify (to cleanse)

14. congregant ( a member of a church)

Chapter 9

1.     seethed (boiled with anger)

2.    immersed (fully involved)

3.     despised (hated a lot)

4.     gloating (enjoying your win too much)

5.     decapitating (cutting off the head)

6.    pseudo (fake)

7.     concoction (mixture of different things)

8.     savoring (enjoying a taste or smell)

9.    glitzy (fancy)

10.  meditators (people who meditate or focus on their breath to relax)

11.  adrenalin (hormone released during stress)

12.  anxiety (nervousness)

13.  emanating (coming from)

14.  commotion (noisy confusion)


Chapter 10

1.     commerce (business, exchange of goods)

2.    bankruptcy (out of business)

3.     deprived (lacking what is needed)

4.    smirking (smiling with too much satisfaction)

5.     dilemma (problem)

6.     affirmative (in support of)

7.     classified (top secret)

8.     instigate (to cause a fight)

9.    quizzically (in disbelief)

10.regenerate (recreate; form again)

11.  rebellious (opposing authority)

12.puttered (move without purpose)

13.  vintage (from an older time period)

14.  reproachful (expression of disapproval)

15.  ricocheted (bounced off of)

16.consolidation (grouped together)

17.  oppressive (cruel)

18.picketers (protestors carrying signs)

Chapter 11

1.     aghast (horrified)

2.    furrowing (narrowing)

3.     simulation (a model)

4.     sterile (bland)

Chapter 12

1.     suspiciously (acting like one is guilty)

2.     writhing (twisting)

3.     alcoholic (someone who drinks too much)

4.     beckoned (called; summoned)

 Chapter 13


1.     revelation (something surprising)

2.    traitor (one who betrays; turns against)

3.     nutrients (substances needed to live and grow)

4.     unhygienic (unclean; unhealthy)

5.    summoned (called to appear)


Chapter 14

1.    oblivious (unaware)

2.    cuisine (a manner of preparing food)

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Discussion Questions for Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush

1) If your parents lost their jobs, how would you help them make or save money?

2) How do Lola and her parents react to her mother and father losing their jobs? How would you react?

3) How would you react if your parent or guardian went to work for the parent of a classmate you did not like? Would you say anything?

4) Melanie is embarrassed by her freckles. What would you tell her if you were Lola or another good friend?


5) Lola’s cat Bowzer lost his tail when he sat on a gopher hole. Throughout the novel, Lola asks her parents if they think Bowzer’s tail will grow back. What does the cat’s tail symbolize? Why is Lola’s question so important?

6) Lola lives south of Cactus Avenue, the dividing line between the have’s and have-not’s in the desert town of Mirage. Buck, on the other hand, lives north of Cactus Avenue, in the wealthier section of town. Does how much money you have influence your choice of friends? Provide evidence for your answer.

7) What are some of the challenges Lola and Melanie face in promoting and selling their lemonade? How do they address those challenges?

8) How would you describe Buck, Lola’s lemonade rival? How would you describe his relationship with his father? What would you do if you were Buck and you had a father like that?

9) Lola Zola has a strong sense of self. Describe what it takes to become a self-assured person.

10) In what ways does Lola grow and change in the novel?


Drawing Inferences from the Text – Lesson Plan Aligned to the Common Core ELA Standards

Read the attached short excerpt from the tween novel Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush and encourage your students to draw inferences from the text. Students then complete a graphic organizer involving key passages from the first chapter when Lola learns her parents have been laid off. Next, students use the inference graphic organizer to create a polished paragraph with a topic sentence, examples, textual evidence (passages), commentary and a conclusion.

Synopsis: When Lola’s parents are laid off, Lola tries to support the family by selling lemonade rumored to be a fountain-of-youth allergy-busting elixir. A problem arises when her rival for class president opens a competing “limo-stand” out of the back of his father’s Cadillac.  The battle for squirt and slurp champion is on! When closely-kept secrets are revealed, however, Lola must decide what it means “to win” and whether her rival might instead be a crush.

Excerpt from Chapter I, Pg. 5-6

“The plant doesn’t need us anymore. They’re shutting it down. Almost one thousand people out on the street,” said Lola’s mother, picking up the keys to her new cherry-red Mustang and fiddling with the eight-ball fortune-telling key chain. “Will I get my job back soon?” She shook her head as she read the message on the eight-ball. “Try again later.”

Lola pushed the peanut butter jar aside. “I can’t believe it!” You’ve worked in that car cave since I was a hiccup in your belly. They can’t do that to you. It’s not fair!”

Her father emerged from the hallway to take a seat next to his wife. The purple velveteen couch, purchased for $75 at a flea market, sank under their weight. “I don’t want you worrying, Lola. We’ll be okay.” Together the Zolas stared at Bowzer’s missing tail.

Lola hated to see her father, usually such an optimist, sitting sadly on the couch. It wasn’t like him to mourn. In fact, when the gopher bit off Bowzer’s tail, her father – always looking on the bright side – insisted, “Don’t worry, Lola, your tuxedo kitty will grow another tail.”

Lola was still waiting for the Rump God to act.

Her father wiped the sweat from his brow. “They said they couldn’t afford to pay our salaries anymore. The plant wasn’t making enough profit.”

“Why not?” asked Lola.

“I don’t want to talk about it, doll,” said her mother.

Gee whiz, no one wanted to talk about anything anymore. Lola might as well have lived in a library.  At least people whispered there.

Graphic Organizer for Making Inferences

Common Core Reading Standard
1. Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Character Says/Does Inference/Conclusion
Lola’s mother “Will I get my job back soon?” She shook her head as she read the message on the eight-ball. “Try again later.”
Lola “I can’t believe it!” You’ve worked in that car cave since I was a hiccup in your belly. They can’t do that to you. It’s not fair!”
Lola’s father “I don’t want you worrying, Lola. We’ll be okay.”
Lola’s mother and father Together the Zolas stared at Bowzer’s missing tail.
Lola’s mother    “I don’t want to talk about it, doll,” said her mother.
Exposition    Gee whiz, no one wanted to talk about anything anymore. Lola might as well have lived in a library.  At least people whispered there.

Common Core Writing Standard (4th & 5th grades)

  1. 1.      Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose and audience.


How do Lola and her parents react to the news that her parents are laid-off? In a polished paragraph, cite and analyze evidence from the text to support a topic sentence.

Topic Sentence:
Another Example/Detail

Grading Criteria:  topic sentence; at least two textual examples to support the topic sentence; two inferences; conclusion
All – 4               Most – 3              Some – 2           Little, if any – 1



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