Bliss (Bliss Bakery Trilogy Series #1)

Bliss (Bliss Bakery Trilogy Series #1)

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by Kathryn Littlewood
     
 

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Rosemary Bliss’s family has a secret. It’s the Bliss Cookery Booke—an ancient, leather-bound volume of enchanted recipes like Stone Sleep Snickerdoodles and Singing Gingersnaps. Rose and her siblings are supposed to keep the Cookery Booke under lock and whisk-shaped key while their parents are out of town, but then a mysterious stranger shows up.

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Rosemary Bliss’s family has a secret. It’s the Bliss Cookery Booke—an ancient, leather-bound volume of enchanted recipes like Stone Sleep Snickerdoodles and Singing Gingersnaps. Rose and her siblings are supposed to keep the Cookery Booke under lock and whisk-shaped key while their parents are out of town, but then a mysterious stranger shows up. “Aunt” Lily rides a motorcycle, wears purple sequins, and whips up exotic (but delicious) dishes for dinner. Soon boring, nonmagical recipes feel like life before Aunt Lily—a lot less fun.

So Rose and her siblings experi-ment with just a couple of recipes from the forbidden Cookery Booke.

A few Love Muffins and a few dozen Cookies of Truth couldn’t cause too much trouble . . . could they?

Kathryn Littlewood’s culinary caper blends rich emotional flavor with truly magical wit, yielding one heaping portion of hilarious family adventure.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Twelve-year-old Rose's mother is an excellent baker, and the lightning bolt or weasel's yawn that she adds to normal ingredients gives her cookies and muffins an extra little something that helps keep trouble at bay in their town. Combating a summer flu epidemic, the mayor of neighboring Humbleton begs the Bliss parents to come to his town to make their almond croissants, known for abating flu symptoms. They demur: How will they keep their home-based bakery operational while they are gone, and who will take care of their four children? They finally agree that Rose and teenage Ty can keep things running with the help of their neighbor and the bakery assistant. Before leaving, the parents lock away the Bliss Cookery Booke and entrust the key to Rose, with instructions that there will be no magic and that the Booke is not to be disturbed. Soon, beautiful, enigmatic Aunt Lily arrives and seems to cast a spell on the children. When she tells them of her plans to host a TV show featuring the most wonderful recipes in the world, Ty and Sage immediately want to let their aunt see the cookbook. As a compromise, Rose agrees that she and Ty can try out a few of the recipes, showing Lily the finished products. Chaos quickly ensues throughout the town when one recipe after another goes slightly wrong. Humor abounds in this sweet story that stresses the importance of family, and readers will enjoy getting to know the eccentric Bliss family. The cliff-hanger ending hints at a sequel.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Publishers Weekly
The Follow Your Bliss Bakery has a remedy for everything. Stone Sleep Snickerdoodles can cure sleepwalking, and Fluffy White Macaroons once lifted a neighbor right out of a well. When the Bliss parents go on a business trip, they leave the key to their magical Bliss Cookery Booke with 12-year-old Rosemary, and things go haywire. “Aunt” Lily (a distant cousin) shows up, charming Rosemary’s siblings, but Rosemary senses Lily’s true aim: to steal the book. The only way to test Lily’s trustworthiness is to whip up some of the magical recipes and observe her reactions. After Rosemary’s brother distributes their experiments to the whole town, creating crowds of love-struck teenagers, nuns who can’t hold their tongues, and general mayhem, Rosemary wonders if she’s fit to be a “kitchen magician” after all. Littlewood’s first novel mixes the sincere and the silly with entertaining results. This lighthearted family adventure offers a well-meaning and believably insecure heroine, as well as boisterous sibling interactions, and the open-ended finale suggests that readers can expect to see the Bliss family again soon. Ages 8–12. Agent: Michael Stearns and Ted Malawer, the Inkhouse. (Feb.)
Washington Post
“Delicious and exciting.”
Wall Street Journal
“Quite delicious and very funny.”
Boston Globe
“Middle-grade readers who enjoy slapstick humor and fantastical adventures will get a generous helping of each here in what amounts to an impressive debut.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This sweet (but never syrupy) story has surprising substance and broad appeal. A humorous tone, clear, thoughtful writing, and a brisk pace will also ensure that this one is gobbled up quickly."
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“This sweet (but never syrupy) story has surprising substance and broad appeal. A humorous tone, clear, thoughtful writing, and a brisk pace will also ensure that this one is gobbled up quickly.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This sweet (but never syrupy) story has surprising substance and broad appeal. A humorous tone, clear, thoughtful writing, and a brisk pace will also ensure that this one is gobbled up quickly.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This sweet (but never syrupy) story has surprising substance and broad appeal. A humorous tone, clear, thoughtful writing, and a brisk pace will also ensure that this one is gobbled up quickly.”
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
The people of Calamity Falls are fortunate to have in their midst the Bliss Bakery that turns our delectable treats and with the help of the Bliss Cookery Booke and a few magical ingredients, like tears of a heartbroken girl or a vial of a good man's last breath, can cure just about any need of the residents of the small town. Rosemary, the oldest and most responsible of the Bliss children finds herself in charge of the bakery when her parents are called to a neighboring town to harness a severe flu outbreak with their magical ingredients. Her strict orders are to guard the magic cookbook and under no circumstances reveal its whereabouts. No sooner do her parents leave then a mysterious woman riding a motorcycle and calling herself Aunt Lily arrives on the scene. She appeals to Rosemary's insecurity and promises her fame on Lily's proposed cooking show to bring the Cookery Booke out of hiding. With the full backing of brother Ty and younger siblings they bake batches of Love Muffins and Cookies of Truth that result in mayhem and hilarity. As the youngsters work to unravel the catastrophe and return everything to normal before their parents' return, readers are treated to a madcap adventure. The quirky, eccentric family brings loads of humor to this tale that ends with a hint of a sequel. The ingredients of magic, humor, adventure, and family blend to create one very fun read. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
VOYA - Kaitlin Connors
The Bliss family owns a small bakery in Calamity Falls and the recipes they use are magical—literally. The Bliss Cookery Booke holds multiple generations' secret recipes that can cure influenza, make people speak and walk backwards, and even mend a broken heart. Due to the amazing powers of the Bliss family baked goods, the Bliss parents are called away to help save another town. The children, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme, are left to run the bakery when the mysterious Aunt Lily appears with a heightened interest in the family's recipe book. Rosemary, the eldest daughter is determined to prove herself as a magical baker and responsible young adult. Will meddling with the family's book, however, create more harm than good? Kathryn Littlewood's Bliss is a jaunty, humorous tale that will be sure to entice middle school readers. Rosemary Bliss, twelve-years old, perfectly embodies the adolescent desire to be seen in a more mature light while still attempting to fit in and be accepted by her siblings and peers. The children's attempts at magic and the subsequent flubs simply make this cannot-put-it-down delectable. Aunt Lilly adds an extra menacing element, giving the story more depth and suspense. Littlewood sets the stage for a sequel which readers will eagerly anticipate upon devouring this enjoyable morsel. Reviewer: Kaitlin Connors
Kirkus Reviews
Twelve-year-old Rose and her siblings stir up trouble in Calamity Falls when they experiment with some old family recipes after their parents leave the Bliss bakery in their hands. Ever since she saw "her mother fold a lightning bolt into a bowl of batter," Rose has known "her parents made magic in the Bliss bakery." Their secret recipes, guarded in the Bliss Cookery Booke, have discreetly averted many catastrophes in Calamity Falls. Next to her gorgeous brother Ty, her funny brother Sage and her adorable sister Leigh, dependable Rose feels invisible, but she longs to be a "good baker wizard." When her parents go away, Rose is left in charge of the Cookery Booke and warned to let no one open or move it. Immediately, a mysterious stranger named Lily arrives, announcing she's a distant cousin who's come to help with the bakery. Rose suspects Lily really wants the Booke, but she falls under Lily's insidious influence and finds herself baking and dispensing Love Muffins and Cookies of Truth with hilarious results. As Rose bakes her way out of trouble, she must choose between Lily and her own family. A heroine with baking in her blood and a zany plot liberally sprinkled with humor blend into fun family adventure. Black-and-white spot art highlights story elements. Lighthearted bliss. (Fantasy. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062084255
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/14/2012
Series:
Bliss Bakery Trilogy Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
207,406
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Kathryn Littlewood is a writer, actress, comedienne, and bon vivant who lives in New York City, works often in Los Angeles, and has a sweet tooth for pain au chocolat and sweet novels for middle-grade readers. This, her third novel, joins Bliss and A Dash of Magic in the Bliss trilogy.

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