Elvis, Me, and the Lemonade Stand Summer

by Leslie Gentile

ISBN: 9781770866157

Format: Trade Paperback

Size: 5.375" x 8.00"


JUV013000 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General

JUV030090 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Indigenous

JUV016000 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / General



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 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.

Price: $13.95

Ages: 9 to 12

Publication Date: March 27, 2021

Elvis, Me, and the Lemonade Stand Summer

Winner, 2021 City of Victoria Children's Book Prize

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, August 2021