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Elvis, Me, and the Lemonade Stand Summer
by Leslie Gentile


ISBN: 9781770866157

Format: Trade Paperback

Size: 5.375" x 8"


  • JUV013000 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General

  • JUV030090 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Indigenous

  • JUV016000 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / General

Price: $13.95


Ages: 9 to 12


Publication Date: March 27, 2021


It’s the summer of 1978 and most people think Elvis Presley has been dead for a year. But not eleven-year-old Truly Bateman – because she knows Elvis is alive and well and living in the Eagle Shores Trailer Park. Maybe no one ever thought to look for him at on the Eagle Shores First Nation on Vancouver Island.



It’s a busy summer for Truly. Though her mother is less of a mother than she ought to be, and spends her time drinking and smoking and working her way through new boyfriends, Truly is determined to raise as much money for herself as she can through her lemonade stand … and to prove that her cool new neighbour is the one and only King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. And when she can’t find motherly support in her own home, she finds sanctuary with Andy El, the Salish woman who runs the trailer park.

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Winner, 2021 City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize

Winner, 2022 Jean Little First-Novel Award

Nominated, 2025 Washington Library Association Sasquatch Book Award

Shortlisted, 2023 Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers’ Choice)

Shortlisted, 2023 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award

Nominated, 2023 MYRCA Sundogs Award

Shortlisted, 2022 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

Shortlisted, 2022 Rocky Mountain Book Award

Nominated, 2022 Forest of Reading - Silver Birch Award

Finalist, 2022 SYRCA Diamond Willow

Commended, 2021 OLA Best Bets


“Leslie Gentile has created a touching and vibrant novel. Her characters are well-crafted and realistically portrayed. … Elvis, Me, and the Lemonade Stand Summer leaves readers with a memorable message about the power of empathy and kindness to change lives. Highly Recommended.” 5/5 Stars

— Myra Junyk, CM Magazine

“... Gentile has offered up a profound meditation on the meaning of ‘family’ and the ways in which kinship, love and responsibility can extend far beyond the boundaries of biology.”

— Ildiko Sumegi, Canadian Children's Book News

“This incredible middle grade novel exudes love and heartache. Readers will instantly be drawn to Truly and Andy El and will delight in the beautiful friendship they have cultivated.”

— Stephanie Lamb, Storytime with Stephanie

A refreshingly positive, nurturing portrayal of First Nations culture and people … Gentile creates amazing characters through which she addresses neglect and dysfunctional families, as well as issues of micro aggressions and discrimination against Indigenous peoples … An engaging and layered story of identity and determination … [that] captures what it’s like to live on reserve and what it is to have people who genuinely care about you.”

— Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People jury citation, Tina Athaide, Christina Minaki, Brandon Mitchell, and Gail de Vos

“With its leisurely pace, this novel feels exactly like a child’s summer … Gentile’s characters are richly realized, and the story takes on challenging material — abuse, identity, racism and more — in ways that respect its audience … The story is approachable and good-natured, wearing its subversive subtext lightly as it presents an unredeemed bad mother, a plot detail that involves questioning the Indian Act and an upending of the white saviour trope … A middle-grade summer story that plays with the genre in ways both satisfyingly familiar and refreshingly new.”

— Jean Little First Novel Award jury citation, Maggie de Vries, Sarah Ellis, and Kit Pearson

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