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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: food, cooking competitions, friendship, culinary arts, divorce, grieving, chefs, high school, teammates
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 13/09/2016
Fry Reading Level: 2.8
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Fourteen-year-old Taz knows one thing for sure: she's a perfect disaster in the kitchen. Every time she tries to cook, chaos ensues. After fires, toxins and more than one minor injury, Taz will be happy if she makes it through her food-science class in one piece. But when the class enters a competitive race for a coveted program and Taz is put in a group that expects to win, the pressure is on. As the competition heats up, Taz is desperate to hold her own and not let her team down.

Resource Links - October 19, 2016
"Readers will discover that there are multiple paths to reach their goals in life. At the end of the novel, Diane Tullson also includes two tasty recipes. This novel is a light-hearted read which will appeal to readers who may feel that they cannot do something—but discover that if they put their mind to a task, they can accomplish a great deal!"
School Library Connection - September 21, 2016
Family, friendship, and failure are lessons learned by Taz in this welcome addition showing the life of students in a polytechnic school...Libraries will find it a useful addition to reluctant reader collections...Recommended."

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CCBC Best Books starred selection  | 2017 | Commended

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