Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

by Sharon Creech


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“A heartfelt novel celebrating friendship and family ties.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Twelve-year-old Rosie and her best friend, Bailey, don’t always get along, that’s true. But Granny Torrelli seems to know just how to make things right again with her interesting stories and family recipes. She understands from experience that life's twist and turns can't rattle the unique bond between two lifelong pals.

Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech cooks up a delightfully tender novel filled with homemade dishes and secret recipes. It’s easier to remember what’s important about love, life, and friendship while Granny Torrelli makes soup.

Celebrate a special connection to a parent or grandparent by sharing this empathetic, funny book.

“A tasty treat.” –ALA Booklist (starred review)

“This is a meal that should not be missed.” –School Library Journal (starred review)

An ALA Notable Children’s Book and ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064409605
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/26/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 69,270
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sharon Creech has written twenty-one books for young people and is published in over twenty languages. Her books have received awards in both the U.S. and abroad, including the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor for The Wanderer, and Great Britain’s Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler.

Before beginning her writing career, Sharon Creech taught English for fifteen years in England and Switzerland. She and her husband now live in Maine, “lured there by our grandchildren,” Creech says.


Pennington, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

July 29, 1945

Place of Birth:

Cleveland, Ohio


B.A., Hiram College, 1967; M.A., George Mason University, 1978

Read an Excerpt

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup PLM

That Bailey . . .

Bailey, that Bailey! He said to me, Rosie, get over yourself!

It was not a compliment.

I said, Bailey, you get over your own self.

Which shows you just how mad I was, to say such a dumb thing.

I'm Mad . . .

Bailey, who is usually so nice, Bailey, my neighbor, my friend, my buddy, my pal for my whole life, knowing me better than anybody, that Bailey, that Bailey I am so mad at right now, that Bailey, I hate him today.

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup PLM. Copyright © by Sharon Creech. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Reading Group Guide


In Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Sharon Creech cooks up another delightfully tender novel filled with warm words and secret recipes that proves nothing can break the bond between two lifelong pals.

The discussion topics in this reading group guide are intended to provide insight and spark conversations about the issues raised in this book regarding friendship and family.

Rosie's lifelong best friend, Bailey, is blind. However, this has never mattered to Rosie -- she has always found a way to get around any difficulties that have developed. But now that they're in different schools and have different friends, both Rosie and Bailey find themselves jealous of the new experiences they're unable to share together. They just can't seem to get along at all anymore, and Rosie doesn't know what to do to fix the problem. But, Rosie's Granny Torrelli does! With a dash of humor and a pinch of wisdom, Granny Torrelli helps Rosie and Bailey discover the recipe for a lasting friendship.

Topics for Discussion

  1. Most of the story revolves around the preparation and consumption of food. What role does food play in Rosie's life? Granny Torrelli's? The whole family's? Can you give examples?
  2. Rosie describes herself as a tiger, a fox, and an ice queen to convey specific feelings she experiences. Which feeling is reflected by the tiger? The fox? The ice queen? Can you think of similar ways to characterize feelings that you face?
  3. Granny doesn't just make soup, she makes sense. What are some of the secret recipes and "little miracles" that Grannyperforms?
  4. How does Bailey's blindness affect his friendship with Rosie? What changes? What stays the same? How does their friendship differ from one between two people with sight?
  5. Why do you think Granny Torrelli still harbors sadness and regret over the loss of her friendship with Pardo? What do you think she would do differently if given a second chance?
  6. The experiences that Granny Torrelli dealt with as a young woman, such as her love for Pardo and her jealousy of Violetta, are very similar to those Rosie and Bailey are facing now. Do you think Bailey and Rosie recognize these similarities? Do you think Granny Torrelli's reminiscing helps Rosie and Bailey better understand their own feelings?
  7. Rosie spent a whole year learning Braille in secret to surprise Bailey. Why do you think she wanted it to be a surprise? Why do you think Bailey became so upset? And why was he okay with teaching Janine?
  8. Granny Torrelli tells Rosie and Bailey she cut Violetta's hair because she was jealous that Pardo paid so much attention to the new girl. Do you think Granny Torrelli would have felt good if the haircut had made Violetta look ugly? Why are Rosie and Bailey so shocked that Granny Torrelli behaved like a "monster girl" in her youth?
  9. Rosie learns important lessons while preparing the soup and pasta with Granny -- what does she learn from sharing those meals with the others?
  10. Rosie feels very protective of her friendship with Bailey. Why do you think she suggests to Bailey that they invite all the neighbors to the pasta party even though she usually likes to keep him all to herself?
  11. In the end, Rosie realizes that she cannot control who comes to her pasta party, or who will be her best buddy, and feels a sense of relief. Why does she feel so relieved? What are other feelings she could have felt instead?

About the Author

Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons, and the Newbery Honor winner The Wanderer. Her other work includes the novels Ruby Holler, Love That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, and two picture books, A Fine, Fine School and Fishing in the Air. After spending eighteen years teaching and writing in Europe, Sharon Creech and her husband have returned to the United States to live.

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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book the moment I read the first page!! ! The book is not a huge chapter book,but it is very informative in the pages! I recommend this book for ages 9-12. Sharon Creech is a great author! She interprets many stories into one! It is also very inexpensive!! You also learn many things,lessons like dealing with annoying friends , jealousy, and you also learn some italian!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was very touching. It was a book about hard friendship, new friendship, and granny torrelli. I couldn't ask for anymore for this book.
Kathryn Stapleton More than 1 year ago
I really love this book!!!
Carrie Groeller More than 1 year ago
This book is so funnny. I loved this book. I would recomend this book to anyone.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rosie discovers that her relationship with Bailey, a blind boy next door, is very similar to one that her Granny Torrelli had with a boy in Italy before immigrating to the United States. Most of the lessons Rosie learns take place in the kitchen as food is being prepared. This book should be used to bring families closer together. I found the writing style to be a bit "choppy" for my personal tastes, but it makes it easy for younger readers or for reading aloud when time is limited.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup is a sweet story about friendship and family. Although children would certainly enjoy reading this book on their own, it is a story that begs to be read aloud. Read this with your favorite children. It just might lead you to tell your own family stories while you teach them to make your favorite recipes!
jhunefeld on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story of boy-girl friendship and jealousy. Bailey and Rosie have been life-long friends. When a new girl moves into the neighborhood and shows an interest in Bailey, Rosie gets jealous. A parallel story is told by Granny Torrelli of similar issues in her past -- all while making a delicious homemade pasta meal with B and R. Good for students on the brink of boy-girl drama, fifth grade and up. Comes together well in the the end.
nclibrarian724 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With the help of her wise old grandmother, 12 year Rosie works out some problems with her best friend Bailey, the boy next door.
JeneenNammar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
6th to 8th grade. Granny Torrelli Makes Soup is a heartwarming tale of a teenager who works though her problems while cooking with her grandmother. Twelve year old Rosie is having trouble surmounting an argument that she's had with her best friend, the boy next door. But Rosie's Italian grandmother knows just what stories to share. Newbery award winner Sharon Creech writes as sensitively as ever about her character's hearts. She plays with an unusual prose style in that is arguably almost verse. For example she puts what the characters say in italics instead of quotes. Here is an example of a complete paragraph for the novel and how each one is so short. "Granny Torrelli comes over, says she's in charge of me tonight. She wants soup. Zuppa! she calls it. She says it like this: ZOO-puh!" There is a distilled quality to the text. Teenage readers will enjoy seeing an author break rules and tailor a text for a story. Thus as well as being a touching tale about family and friendship, it is highly suitable as a mentor text in a school setting. This book is highly recommended to public, and middle school libraries.
mathqueen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup tells a heart-warming story of a boy and girl growing up together and realizing that life is bigger than the street they live on. While Bailey is blind, he is very independent and capable. While Rosie knows this, her ¿stubborn Rosie self wants to help and protect Bailey every chance she gets. When Janine moves into the neighborhood, Rosie experiences feelings she has never had before. All the while, Granny Torrelli offers words of wisdom through stories as she makes dinners intended to bring people together. While the main focus of the story is not the disability afflicting Bailey, it gives a great example of comfortable interactions between people with a disability and those without. These encounters are so natural and easy, the reader can almost forget Bailey¿s affliction and focus on his relationship with Rosie. It is a refreshing take on the topic of interaction between people with/without disabilities. The characters seem so real and believable; it is a great read for children and adults alike! Library Implications: This would be a great read for a student struggling with a friendship with someone who is disabled in some way. It also is a great example of giving people their independence and not smothering them with help. Finally, readers could simply enjoy this book for the story it tells; everyone should have a Granny Torrelli!!!
meyben on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like how it was written in the langage of the character. Felt like I was there. Kids would get a great understanding on how to solve problems.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Granny helps a couple of friends patch things up. A quick read, but fun.
Annod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everyone wants a grandma like this. After reading it you are speaking with an Italian accent!
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of an Italian grandmother passing on her wisdom to her granddaughter. Not one of Creech¿s better novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT!!!!!! It is worth the money. I loved it. Good for all ages from 2-60
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This is a good it is about two freinds that keep geying in fights
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Is it any good if so write review addressed to Elise B.
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Thhis boook is sooooo good i llooovvveee Shron Creech!
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