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Elvis, Me, and the Lemonade Stand Summer

by (author) Leslie Gentile

Cormorant Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2021
General, Native Canadian, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2021
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7


Winner of the 2021 City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize 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.

About the author

Leslie Gentile is a singer/songwriter of Indigenous and settler heritage. She performs with her children in The Leslie Gentile Band, and with one of her sisters in The Half White Band. Gentile currently lives on Vancouver island with her husband. Elvis, Me, and the Lemonade Stand Summer is her first novel.

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  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice)
  • Nominated, MYRCA Sundogs Award
  • Short-listed, SYRCA Diamond Willow Award
  • Nominated, Forest of Reading - Silver Birch Award
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets
  • Winner, City of Victoria Children's Book Prize

Editorial Reviews

“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

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.”

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.”

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