>> Saturday, July 14, 2012
My daughter and I have just discovered a delicious new series for middle-graders! It's the Confectionately Yours series with 7th grader Hayley, whose world changes when her parents divorce, her mom loses her job, they move in with her grandmother, her dad has a new girlfriend, and her best friend gets all weird on her. My daughter and I liked that it dealt with real issues realistically. What's more, one of my daughter's best friends is going through a similar situation so it helped my daughter understand what she must be going through.
My daughter and I loved Hayley's personality. She's smart, kind, and has so many insecurities. She's hurting because of all the changes in her life, but she's also funny. And she loves to bake cupcakes and share them. With her classmates and with us. My daughter and I drooled when we read the recipes for these cupcakes, including the gluten-free one. There are seven in all, scattered throughout the book and each one suited to the topic at hand. They came with original names and ingredients. We thought this was so cool, and we can't wait to try them out!
This book explores a lot of good issues for this age group: family problems, friendships, adapting to change, and standing up for what you believe in. They were all handled very well. There is a great cast of characters, one of our favourite being Chloe, Hayley's younger sister and their Gran from England who owns a tea shop. The author smoothly takes us on Hayley's journey of changes, from her home life to her school life.
The second book in this series Taking the Cake! is already out and my daughter really wants to read it. There are some unresolved issues that will be addressed in the second book, and we look forward to continuing on Hayley's journey.
Note: This book is rated C = clean read.
Reviewed by Laura and daughter
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