Bliss (Bliss Bakery Trilogy Series #1)

Bliss (Bliss Bakery Trilogy Series #1)

by Kathryn Littlewood
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Bliss (Bliss Bakery Trilogy Series #1) by Kathryn Littlewood

The perfect novel for young readers who love baking and magic!

Rosemary Bliss's family has a secret. It's the Bliss Cookery Booke—an ancient, leather-bound volume of enchanted recipes like Singing Gingersnaps.

Rose and her siblings are supposed to keep the Cookery Booke locked away while their parents are out of town, but then a mysterious stranger shows up. "Aunt" Lily rides a motorcycle and also whips up exotic (but delicious) dishes for dinner. Soon boring, non-magical recipes feel like life before Aunt Lily—a lot less fun.

So Rose and her siblings experiment with just a couple of recipes from the forbidden Cookery Booke. A few Love Muffins and Cookies of Truth couldn't cause too much trouble . . . could they?

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062084248
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Series: Bliss Bakery Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 374
Sales rank: 153,983
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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Bliss 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 439 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
65tdy More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh ya this rocks ..........bliss all day long
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although certainly aimed at younger readers, and while the potter-like theme of a magically infused transformation of "ordinary" life, could be an early turn-off, I enjoyed this fun book for it's own merits. It's a quick read, a positive and uplifting story that engages the reader in a, while predictable, certainly a meaningful development of a complex character named Rose. The setting of a bakery in a small town hints at themes of small community life and how a passion like cooking can become a shared blessing, yet the mysterious Aunt Lilly, and the drama of family and looming catastrophe keeps the book engaging for what I imagine will be a wide range of audiences who commit to read at least a few chapters before giving their judgment. I will be looking forward to the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fans of harry potter and Lemony Snicket will enjoy this whimsical return to the magic of harry potter and the heart and wit of a Snicket novel. The main characters are instantly relatable and the plot will have you hooked on the first page, this book only loses a star for its side characters, who seem one dimensional, but still help to move the plot along.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent story for tweens.  I was thrilled to see something so perfect for my 10 y.o. daughter available as a Friday Freebie last month.  When looking for something quick and fun to read last week, I decided see how it was for myself.  I wasn't expecting such a quality book to be offered for free.  This story is truly delightful, and while probably marketed more to girls, I think boys would enjoy it as well.  Can't wait to read the next one, it really leaves you hanging!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle for tweens! Loved it. Light- hearted but also explores family values and how we all just want to be accepted for who we are and recognized for our uniquness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this to screen before getting it for my granddaughter. Ended up reading the entire book myself. Truely approprite for preteen through seniors. Will definately purchase the sequel due out next week.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever! I love this series. If anyone is looking for a book to read, then read this one! There are 3 in total, and I've read the first 2, and I'm waiting to get the third one. You really should really read these books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you like OMG kinda cute stories than read this. Bliss is about how Rosemary Bliss and her 1 little sis and a little bro as well as a older brother mess up town. They try to fix it but nothing is working. Want it yet???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love to bake and this book was amazing. One of the best books ive ever read. And ive read a LOT of books!! Highly recomended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am out of the age range, being much older, and still enjoyed it as much as anybody. It's a light and easy read with heart felt moments that kept it interesting thorughout the entire book. I loved it.
lovelybookshelf More than 1 year ago
Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood was last week's Free Fridays Nook selection from Barnes & Noble. It's geared for ages 8 and up, but I'd heard it's a fun read for all ages. I love magical realism - Haruki Murakami and Aimee Bender are two of my favorite authors - so I thought I'd give it a try. Overall, this was a fun read. Many times I laughed out loud. Littlewood has a way of portraying each character, no matter how minor, in a colorful and lively way. Plus, there were secret rooms, magical recipes, strange ingredients that come to life... did I mention secret rooms?! I recognized the villain as such from the moment she entered the story, and knew exactly what she would attempt to do. However, the character had enough complexity that I didn't lose interest, and enjoyed reading what would happen next. When the first recipe was attempted, I thought for sure there was going to be a cliché tie-in with a tween crush that had been mentioned early in Chapter 1. That probably would have made me lose interest in the book entirely. I was so thankful Littlewood didn't do the obvious there! The behavior of the older brother regularly made me groan in an "I'm-embarrassed-for-you" kind of way, such as this moment in Chapter 15: "Ty rolled up one of the sleeves of his T-shirt and flexed his bicep. Then he kissed it. 'I might do some serious damage to this baby.'" I don't know. Maybe 14-year-old boys really do act like this. I know the humor is geared toward kids, though. I do have to say, Rose's whining about not feeling appreciated, not feeling trusted, started to annoy me more and more throughout the story. Her parents trusted her with the key to the cookbook. They left her in charge of protecting it - not her older brother. That point seemed completely lost on Rose. Littlewood does keep the literary bar high in Bliss. She seamlessly weaving words such as copacetic, din, putrid, natty, and elucidate into her sentences. She challenges her young readers' vocabularies without overwhelming them, providing plenty of context clues so they are able to grasp the meaning of new words without reaching for a dictionary. Chapter 13 contains some silly word play (I won't spoil it!) which should amuse young readers, especially. There were also some nice "lessons" in the book: trusting one's own intuition, the importance of expressing your feelings to your loved ones, and a touching moment when Rose saw a particularly annoying customer in a different light. Bliss is the first in a series; the second book, A Dash of Magic, is due out February 12, 2013.