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The members of the legendary band Lemonade Mouth have been called all these things. But until now, nobody’s known the inside story of how this powerhouse band came to be–how five high school freshmen outcasts found each other, found the music, and went on to change both rock and roll and high school as we know it. Told in their own voices, Stella, Wen, Olivia, Charlie, and Mo take us back to that fateful detention and beyond. This is Lemonade Mouth’s definitive history.

“A rock-n-roll THE BREAKFAST CLUB for the literary set…an enjoyable romp that touches on wide-ranging themes…a believable and heartwarming story…Readers will delight in watching these well-developed characters stand up for what they believe in and, in the end, learn who they are.”
– Publishers Weekly

“…The novel is brought to life through the voices of the band members, band lovers, band haters, and various assorted characters as it weaves its tale of music, friendship, and what it really means to be cool. (JS* – Exceptional Book)” (Starred Review)
– Kliatt

“…[The] characters emerge to charm readers, blending into a work with as much soul as Lemonade Mouth’s music.”
– Kirkus Reviews

“Gutsy girls…Boys will love…Laugh-out-loud funny…[Mark Peter Hughes’s] writing has an offbeat honesty that will put him in the pantheon of great YA writers…This is one of those unusual novels that you can recommend to every reader with a clean conscience.”
– Kristen McLean, Executive Director, The Association of Booksellers for Children

“…fiendishly clever — funny in all the right places and ultimately a meaningful story…”
– Alison Morris, ShelfTalker

“…will make readers laugh or get their pulse going…they’ll care about the characters, too…[Lemonade Mouth] also has a great description of a first kiss.”
– The Seattle Times

“…a refreshing read…a comical story that will keep teens reading until the last page…the perfect addition to any collection.”

“…Hughes’ obvious musical knowledge contributes greatly to the verisimilitude; young musicians into indie music will appreciate this romp, which includes some satisfying romantic moments and many epiphanies…”
– Booklist

“My heart is singing every time my mind pulls me back to what I just experienced. Count me in as a the #1 charter member of the Lemonade Mouth Fan Club.”
– Richie Partington,

“[A] great read…”
– The Providence Journal

“I’m fast becoming a big Mark Peter Hughes fan…[The Lemonade Mouth characters] all have very different voices — not just emotionally, but their writing styles were all completely different, from Charlie’s minimal punctuation and long sentences to Stella’s hopeful Future Legend voice to Naomi the gossipy journalist (and good friend — I hope to see more of her in the future). It’s socially conscious without being preachy, which is impressive. Good one.”
– Leila Roy, Bookshelves of Doom

“Lemonade Mouth is funny and touching and all things a good YA book should be, but mostly it is about falling in love with music and not giving up — not even when any sane person would.”
– Colleen Mondor,

“(Recommended) Fresh…Narration alternates between the voices of the five as well as the voices of their fans; the result is a sense of thoroughness in the storytelling and a full understanding of the way a band formed in a school basement can become a phenomenon and how a few friends can make all the difference.”
– The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“A spirited, upbeat story…”
– J. A. Kaszuba Locke,

“Amazing book…lyrical and beautiful…Lemonade Mouth is on my Top Teen Lit list.”
– Gabrielle Linnell, The Storyteller

“…Mark Peter Hughes fills this story with creativity and humor.”
– Rose & Betsy Keith, Troubadour Books, Boulder, CO


• ASTAL RI Book of the Year
• A Bank Street College of Education Best Childrens Book of the Year (Outstanding Merit)
• RI Teen Book Award Nominee
• Boston Authors Club Award Finalist
• Top 10 BookSense Pick
• A Richie’s Pick
• 2010 Sequoyah Master List (High School Category) by the Oklahoma Library Association

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New edition the Lemonade Mouth book, very slightly adapted by the author to be age-appropriate for middle-grade/ Disney-age readersGOOD TO KNOW:


The book Lemonade Mouth was originally written for teens but there is now an “Adapted-Edition” — very slightly adapted by the author to be age-appropriate for middle-grade readers. Look for the blue dot on the cover. Details here.

Delacorte Press/Ember Books
Trade Paperback: ISBN 978-0385742085
Hardcover: ISBN:978-0-385-73392-2 (0-385-73392-5)
e-book: ISBN: 978-0-375-89126-7 (0-375-89126-9)