Make Lemonade is a verse novel for young adults, written by Virginia Euwer Wolff and originally published in by Henry Holt and Company. These novels are characterized by their free verse style. The trilogy is unified by its protagonist LaVaughn, a fourteen-year-old girl who recounts her experiences and perspective from first-person point of view. All three books have been published as audiobooks read by Heather Alicia Simms. LaVaughn notices a flyer for a babysitting job for two kids, Jeremy and Jilly.
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Make Lemonade is a verse novel for young adults, written by Virginia Euwer Wolff and originally published in by Henry Holt and Company. These novels are characterized by their free verse style. The trilogy is unified by its protagonist LaVaughn, a fourteen-year-old girl who recounts her experiences and perspective from first-person point of view. All three books have been published as audiobooks read by Heather Alicia Simms.
LaVaughn notices a flyer for a babysitting job for two kids, Jeremy and Jilly. She takes the number and applies for the job. LaVaughn is greeted by Jolly, who is her new employer. She meets the kids and connects with them. In that time, LaVaughn plants some lemon seeds that Jeremy would sit in front of for some time each day.
Later at her house, she asks her mom if she can take the job. Reluctantly, she accepts and gives her permission. Jolly shows up late one day with lacerations on her face. LaVaughn has her mom come to help with Jolly, and her mom tells Jolly she needs to take hold of her life and criticizes Jolly. A few weeks later, Jolly comes home and announces that she was fired. LaVaughn learns that it was because Jolly's boss was sexually abusing her and Jolly stabbed his hand with a pencil to make him stop.
The boss fired her for the act. Jolly tries several times to file reports of sexual abuse to administration, but they ignore her calls and complaints. Jolly tries unsuccessfully to get a new job and rejects LaVaughn's suggestion that she go back to school so that she can get better jobs, for fear that her children might get taken away from her. Meanwhile, the lemon seeds that LaVaughn planted with Jeremy never grew, so she decides to plant some more and hopes that they will grow this time around.
LaVaughn contacts people at her school and finds out that if Jolly can go back to school, she can get free daycare for the kids. Finally, after talking to the school employees herself, Jolly reluctantly joins the program. Jolly's school program notes Jolly's problems with time management, however, and LaVaughn returns to babysit for Jolly again for an hour every day, like before.
In an attempt to get some money, Jolly decides that she will write a letter to a billionaire who sometimes helps people who write to him. LaVaughn thinks that it is a crazy idea, but helps Jolly write the letter. LaVaughn notices an improvement in Jolly's self-esteem around this time.
Soon afterward, LaVaughn brings in new lemon seeds, because the second round of seeds did not grow either. One afternoon, LaVaughn and Jolly are both watching the kids when Jilly chokes on a toy.
Jolly does CPR on Jilly, which was something that she had been studying in her classes recently. Jilly is taken to the hospital. LaVaughn and Jeremy explain to LaVaughn's mom what happened, and she begrudgingly praises Jolly for the first time. Make Lemonade generated starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist and received several awards. The book was dedicated "for young mothers", which many people consider representative of the book's content and central focus on Jolly, the teenaged mother of two children.
The novel discusses her encounters and struggles with topics such as poverty, unemployment, teenage pregnancy, parenting, sexual harassment, education, drugs, and isolation from family. The author stated in an interview with The Horn Book Magazine that she kept the format of the novel in free verse partly " From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Make Lemonade Series
Jolly is seventeen. She can't really spell. She doesn't have much of a job. And she has two little kids from two different, absent fathers.
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T his book is absolutely unforgettable. It's just a story about fourteen-year-old La Vaughn who takes on a babysitting job. She needs to work her way through school to save enough money to get through college. That's how it is in America.
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