Take 5: What’s On the Menu Today? Dessert! Check out these sweet reads
Since earlier today we mentioned Lisa Schroeder’s Cupcake Series, I suddenly have a craving for all things sweet. Here is a look at what is on today’s menu, book covers with cakes and cupcakes. Nom nom nom. Oh, and one slice of pie. Know any sweet reads? Share with us in the comments.
The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
This is the story of Sheridan, the daughter of a master chef and a cake decorator who has some amazing talent of her own. In fact, she is known around her small town as Cake Girl. Unfortunately for her, her fabulous cake decorating mom took off quite a while ago and hasn’t really done a great job of keeping in touch. When her father makes the announcement that he finally got his own TV show, Sheridan is terrified of making any changes and moving to New York City where her mom is sure to never find her. As the countdown is on to film the pilot for her dad’s cooking show, things are really unraveling for Sheridan.
Devilish by Maureen Johnson
The only thing that makes St. Teresa’s Preparatory School for Girls bearable for Jane is her best friend Ally. But when Ally changes into a whole different person literally overnight the fall of their senior year, Jane’s suddenly aloneand very confused. Turns out, Ally has sold her soul in exchange for popularityto a devil masquerading as a sophomore at St. Teresa’s! (Goodreads)
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
Foster McFee dreams of having her own cooking show like her idol, celebrity chef Sonny Kroll. Macon Dillard’s goal is to be a documentary filmmaker. Foster’s mother Rayka longs to be a headliner instead of a back-up singer. And Miss Charleena plans a triumphant return to Hollywood. Everyone has a dream, but nobody is even close to famous in the little town of Culpepper. Until some unexpected events shake the town and its inhabitants-and put their big ambitions to the test. Full of humor, unforgettable characters, surprises, and lots and lots of heart, this is Joan Bauer at her most engaging. (Goodreads)
Cupcake by Rachel Cohn (Cyd Charisse #3)
Gingerbread (Cyd Charisse #1) and Shrimp (Cyd Charrisse #2)
Follow the adventures of the rebellious spirit Cyd Chariss as she gets kicked out of boarding school, falls in love, and tries to make it on her own in New York City.
You Wish by Mandy Hubbard
Kayla McHenry’s sweet sixteen sucks! Her dad left, her grades dropped, and her BFF is dating the boy Kayla’s secretly loved for years. Blowing out her candles, Kayla thinks: I wish my birthday wishes actually came true. Because they never freakin’ do. And then, one by one, her old birthday wishes do come true. Be careful what you wish for.
And 1 for Middle Grade Readers:
Pie by Sarah Weeks
When Alice’s Aunt Polly, the Pie Queen of Ipswitch, passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily fat, remarkably disagreeable cat, Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.
The tween and I just finished listening to this on audio and it was really very good.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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