Hot Lunch [NOOK Book]


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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Molly and Cassie pair up for an assignment at the Sunshine Day High School and good things do not come from the pairing. Molly is sarcastic and a loner; Cassie oozes friendship and positive attitude, and in the first of many fights, the two throw food and disrupt the cafeteria. As an opportunity to adjust their attitude, the principal, a former hippie, assigns the girls to the cafeteria where they are to work together. Once they can achieve five days of satisfactory results on the student survey they will be done with the duty. Unfortunately, the original food fight only gets them started and the fact that they both have a crush on the same boy doesn't help the lunch menus. They don't work well together and the cafeteria supervisor takes early retirement, moving the girls from assistants to top management. How hard can opening a few cans be? But the girls make things decidedly worse before they learn that food preparation takes effort and attention. First, though, they work hard to humiliate each other and then are tricked into using deception to win over the principal. However, with the help of a fellow student Clyde, who finds a talent for pastries, the girls step up to the challenge and to the start of a true friendship. There is a light-hearted, High School Musical quality to the novel but the lessons learned and a few recipes shared make this an entertaining read.
Kirkus Reviews
Light and tasty, this humorous confection is seasoned with just enough teen angst to keep things interesting. The alternative-school setting will be familiar to some readers, while others will find it adds spice to the humorous tale. Molly, a deliberately sullen blue-haired outcast, and chirpy Cassie, new in school, clash first over a shared assignment in sophomore English then act out their enmity in a food fight. Forced by their progressive principal to work together in the cafeteria, the two girls take quite a while to settle their differences. Well-realized supporting characters-nerdy Clyde, the freshman lunchroom attendant/aspiring pastry chef and Edmund, the tattooed 20-something slacker whose "help" in the kitchen isn't quite what it seems-add to the fun. Bradley slips in an impassioned plea for taking food seriously and making good choices for ourselves and the planet, but he has laid the groundwork so solidly that this message emerges naturally from his characters' growth and thus is perfectly palatable. Down to earth and satisfying, like the simple recipes it celebrates. (Fiction. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440619694
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/16/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 884,510
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 296 KB

Meet the Author

Alex Bradley lives in Iowa City, Iowa. He sometimes talks to and writes about his food.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2008

    Hot Lunch is on fire!

    I loved this book. Although it started off a little slow it really started getting interesting. It really is good for all ages and i hope others will enjoy it as much as i have!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Hilarious!! LMAO!

    This book is soo funny and i could not put it down. It is one of my favorites since it has my name in it and its funny to see how annoying I am in the book (cassie) anyway read this book and you'll prob laugh your ass off!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

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    It looked good in the bookstore at the time of my purchase. I only got in the middle of the 3rd chapter when I gave up and put the book away. It is so boring and dull and it is one of those books whose storyline/plot is pretty slow and very boring. The chapter names have all food titles and to me I just hate this book altogether. Maybe perhaps someday when I have enough patience and change of heart, I will try and pick it back up.

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