At the Library this week ! Check out this sweet treat in the Children section:
- Age Range: 8-12
- Pages: 304
- Book Type: chapter
Friends make everything better—and so do cookies!—in this warm-hearted novel in the tradition of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, with a middle grade dash of sugar and spice.
The campers in Flowerpot Cabin have nothing in common. There’s Grace, the quiet one. Emma, the boss. Olivia, the drama queen. And Lucy, the artist.
But one stormy night they come together in the camp kitchen. Baking was their counselor Hannah’s idea to finally get the girls to get along. Now, as they bite into their warm sugar cookies that they’ve made together, they finally seem to be friends.
But summer doesn’t last forever. And if the bond is going to survive the long school year, these kids will need a plan, a plan that just might require cookies.
So, once camp ends, they stay in touch. First Lucy sends Grace chocolate chip cookies to help her cope with a mean girl at school. Then Grace sends Emma frosted sugar cookies to help her solve the mystery of missing family photos—and Olivia and Lucy get cookies of their own. While they’re at it, the girls just might decide to send their friend Vivek some cookies too.
“The quick pacing makes the pages fly by,” raved The Bulletin. Told in letters and emails and in alternating points of view, this sweet and funny friendship story will satisfy every reader’s craving for something comforting and delicious—just like a homemade sugar cookie.
The smooth writing and quick pacing make the pages fly by, as does Freeman’s clever technique of leaving each girl’s story unfinished until her letter to the next girl clears up loose ends. Particularly touching is Emma’s letter to Olivia about her older brother who died before Emma was born. Hand this to the BFFs who aren’t quite ready for Brashares’ “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.”–The Bulletin “September 2015 “
About Martha Freeman
Martha Freeman was born in Southern California shortly after the Big Bang. As the universe cooled and the Earth formed, Martha grew up and fought injustice, mostly with her pen but sometimes with her feet.
Martha has worked as a newspaper reporter, copy editor, substitute teacher, college lecturer, advertising copywriter, and freelance magazine writer. In 1995, she published her first book for children, STINK BOMB MOM (not an autobiography). Subsequently, she has published 30 more books, most recently ZAP! a techno-thriller about a power blackout, and IF YOU’RE GOING TO A MARCH, the perfect how-and-why picturebook for kids on their way to a protest.
Besides writing, Martha enjoys running, parallel parking, making pies, hiking and talking on the phone to her far-flung children.