Bliss (Bliss Bakery Trilogy Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview


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 ...

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Bliss (Bliss Bakery Trilogy Series #1)

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Overview


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.


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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.)
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.”
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.”
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: 2/14/2012
  • Series: Bliss Bakery Trilogy Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 36,436
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

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 second novel, is a sequel to her first, Bliss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Very Good Book- A Must Read

    I didn't get this as a book on my nook, but as a book at the library. Nook or not- this book is very good. Filled with magic and mystery, this book is something you will want to read in one setting. I couldn't stop reading, and I WILL be on the lookout for Littlewood's work and books to follow Bliss.

    48 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    NICE!

    A sweet and "good for all ages" book. It is simply refreshing.

    Thank you B&N for this tasteful Free Friday selection. So far, it is NOT filled with horrible language.

    32 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Kiddie book

    As i suspected from the synopsis, the editorial reviews confirm this is for grades 3 - 6. Please, BN, give us more books that aren't sappy romance novels or kids stuff. My husband loved the Dale Brown book last summer, and I like non-fiction. How about more for people like us?

    31 out of 115 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    I love it!

    It is a total easy read but you have to have a hard/Long book knowledge because it csn get confusing sometimes. But overall its a great book for people who have read Harry Potter or my be a little to young for it. 5-5 for sure!

    23 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    free friday

    If you don't like the Free Friday books, just type in 0.00 in the search screen. There are many free books to choose from! Stop your bellyaching! I look forward to Friday's,even if I don't want the book!

    22 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Beverly Fahey

    Magical, exciting, and interesting, I loved this book and can't wait for a sequel. It was predictable, but still good. And BTW to Beverly Fahey from Children's Literature on the Editor Reviews, Rosemary is NOT the oldest of the Bliss syblings. Bkwrm ;D

    19 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Review title: Sheer Bliss. An engaging storyline will keep r

    Review title: Sheer Bliss. An engaging storyline will keep readers' attention for hours. The cast of characters are sure to amaze and delight readers and at times have them laughing-out-loud at the bizarre behavior. Readers will learn to dream big, yet seek warmth, acceptance, and respect as they pursue their dream or future goal. **A great weekend was spent "eating up" this "delicious" torte tale, yummy reading.

    19 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Minus stars

    Another free friday loser. Dumb kiddy book that tries to be a rip off of Harry Potter. I read 7 pgs and was bored to death. Come on bn, give us something interesting. All last year u catered to kids on free friday. There was only about 3 decent choices all year long. Dont get this if you are over 6 years old. Totally and completely stupid, dumb and boring.

    18 out of 113 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Ok

    I just started and the first sentence of the prologue is magical and wonderful!!!!!!!!

    16 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    128 pages for 9-11 rear olds

    It was very nice Barnes and Noble gave a book on free Fridays, for the younger sect. 9-11 year olds can read this themselves and really enjoy it. I liked it too. It is a good clean book about a wonderful 12 year old girl, trying to figure out life and her place in a strange but blissfully wonderful family and the delightfully odd town they live in. 126 pages. Well edited. No drugs, violence, cursing, sex or depressive thoughts. All tweens and even 9 year olds should find this book enjoyable. THANK YOU B&N for thinking of the youngsters!

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    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    The best book ever

    This book is really good everyone should read it I can't wait for the next one to come out on feb. Maybe the 12th of feb. I love this book.

    11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Cool

    Oh ya this rocks ..........bliss all day long

    11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Fun Read

    This was a fun read. While this is a book meant for young readers, any adult who has a sense of whimsy and who enjoys occasionally visiting or revisiting books from childhood might enjoy this. Note how many adults are Harry Potter fans, or enjoyed the books Coraline or The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman! For those readers annoyed that this "kiddie" book was offered for Free Fridays - please stop giving these books 1 star reviews unless you have read and did not enjoy the book. This confuses those who are checking the ratings for a book. Send an email to the B&N powers that be, that you want something else for Free Fridays. And keep in mind that you are not the only reader in the world. Readers of all ages and tastes are being catered to here.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Bell

    Love it

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    My review

    Do not rate books simply because you didn't care for the free Friday selection if it wasn't in your genre of books skip it its free for goodness sakes !!

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    So cute

    Adorable

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    All u negatives

    Not all friday frees are childrens or sappy romantic chick books actually there have been all different kinds of books just because the book is not full of filthy language and sex it means its no good to u negitives.
    If you take the time to reaf something cean and decent u might change your attitudes and for one enjoy a decent book, if you know you dont like friday books then dont click onto them,

    7 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Bliss is a really fun read for all ages. Doesn't matter that it

    Bliss is a really fun read for all ages. Doesn't matter that it is slated for younger people. I found it light, fun, and entertaining. Don't know why some people seem to think we should be age grouped. If it is fun to read and you enjoy reading, why not. I am, by the way, a 69 year old and I found this book fun!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    I'm an adult

    And I enjoyed this delightful little tale very much. For those complaining about it being a Free Friday selection, I happen to know a few kids that own Nooks. Also, it is free. If you don't want to read it, don't. These reviews are for other readers, it is not the place to review B&N or Nook.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Kaitlyn

    Shunld I read it ,yes or no ?

    3 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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