Superfudge meets The Lemonade War in this funny, heartwarming series debut about change, adventure, family, and of course, doughnuts.
Tristan isn't Gifted or Talented like his sister Jeanine, and he's always been okay with that because he can make a perfect chocolate chip cookie and he lives in the greatest city in the world. But his life takes a turn for the worse when his parents decide to move to middle-of-nowhere Petersvillea town with one street and no restaurants. It's like suddenly they're supposed to be this other family, one that can survive without bagels and movie theaters.
His suspicions about his new town are confirmed when he's tricked into believing the local general store has life-changing chocolate cream doughnuts, when in fact the owner hasn't made them in years. And so begins the only thing that could make life in Petersville worth living: getting the recipe, making the doughnuts, and bringing them back to the town through his very own doughnut stand. But Tristan will soon discover that when starting a business, it helps to be both Gifted and Talented, and It's possible he's bitten off more than he can chew...
About the Author
Jessie Janowitz grew up in New York City and is still living there with her husband and three children, all of whom love doughnuts as much as she does. She is the author of The Doughnut Fix and The Doughnut King. Visit jessiejanowitz.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The uncertainty of a twelve-year-old as he faces a whole new life thanks to a family move hits humor and an unexpected twist, which opens new doors in a way he never expected it could. Tristan figures something is up when his parents take him and his two sisters for a ride into the countryside, leaving New York behind, but he never expected to be introduced to their new, future home on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere. Not happy about any of it, he takes his bike to find at least something to eat for breakfast the first morning they are there. But the town is basically non-existence...definitely lacking on the breakfast end of things. When he sees a sign offering chocolate cream doughnuts, he thinks he's rescued. But that sign isn't all it seems, and soon he finds himself making a decision he would have never even considered in New York. The author lures in the sympathy during the first chapters as Tristan and his sisters are forced to leave everything they love behind...and that without any care for their opinion on the matter. Add Tristan's uncertainty about himself, since his one sister is 'gifted' and he struggles with multiplication, and he's a boy readers can easily identify with. Despite the negatives, Tristan is daring and holds just the right amount of rebellious attitude to make him a character to cheer for. He makes mistakes but sees them and corrects them. And he does become frustrated along the way. There are so many good things about this book, which make it a gem when it comes to food for thought. Tristan's self-doubt and how he tackles it is one lesson. His prejudice to the small town takes a real flip as he discovers how much richness the seemingly simple people there actually have...and some of the funniest quirks. There's a wonderful dash of working together and helping hands when most needed too. The most obvious theme of this tale is the building of his own business. The author masterfully weaves the basics of starting up a business and the troubles in entails into the story. Tristan faces hurdles he never expected, but ones which are very true to life. The solutions he finds are easy to understand and reflect reality. At the end of the book, there is a basic run-down of the most important parts of the process. Humor lines the entire tale like a constant, pink cloud. Not only is Tristan's youngest sister full of cute, silly moments, but the town's people hit with personalities as colorful as a rainbow. The pacing in the book does fall back every now and then, making it more a read for bookworms then reluctant readers. But it's still an enjoyable journey with Tristan, and the information he learns is sure to inspire young entrepreneurs and spark ideas of their own. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it enough to leave my honest thoughts. I'm giving this one 4.5 stars and rounding up.
When Tristan's family moves from New York to the middle-of-nowhere town of Petersville, it seems as though everything's changing for the worse. Their new house is haunted, there are no restaurants, and there's nothing to do until school starts. But when Tristan stumbles across rumors of the town's famous life-changing doughnuts, he believes he's found a way to make a change for the better. All he has to do is earn the recipe. As a person who grew up on Food Network and Martha Stewart magazines, I absolutely loved The Doughnut Fix. Reading about a kid who was enthusiastic about being in the kitchen and was being encouraged to get some hands-on learning (both in the kitchen and in the Real World) was refreshingly educational without getting preachy. What really made The Doughnut Fix stand out for me, though, was Tristan's family. I think this is my new favorite Book Family! All of the characters were so strong and well-developed, I really felt like I was getting to know them as I read. It was also nice to see a story where siblings are capable of being kind to one another in an honest/non-sappy way. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions and comments I shared about this story are my own. I will be purchasing a copy.
12-year-old Tristan’s life had been rapidly turned up-side-down when his parents announced that they were moving from New York City to Petersville after his father lost his job at the bank. Petersville was a small town with only one street, mainly filled with closed down shops. The train no longer stopped in the centre either, and there wasn’t even a place to get anything to eat from, never mind buy a doughnut from. The local convenience store, run by Winnie used to sell the best chocolate cream filled doughnuts, but she no longer made them as they were too popular. Kristan though had a plan. He couldn’t start school for another few weeks, so he decided to try and get Winnie to give him her recipe so he could make and sell, the doughnuts. However, starting your own business was hard work – Good job he had ‘Starting a Business for Dummies’ book to hand. The Doughnut Fix, is an amazing book. The characters are so believable, and likeable too. Tristan is a young lad who loved living in the city. He loved the people, places to go, the food and he even loved school. He had friends, especially his best mate Charlie. Upping and leaving for a place in the country was hard for him. He was sad, lonely and hungry. This is how he came across Winnie and her non-existent doughnuts. As well as Tristan there is his super bright sister Jeannie. She is a genius and she knows it. She could be a little over-bearing, but nothing compared to his little sister Zoe who was a real hand full. I’m sure many young people will be able to relate to Tristan, especially if they too have annoying siblings! I loved everything about this book, it was so addictive and I was hooked right from the beginning. It was a lot of fun to read and very witty. The writing is superb and the setting just perfect. Be warned though, you may just get the urge for doughnuts too. Luckily Ms. Janowitz had put the recipe for the Chocolate Cream Doughnuts on her website for you all to make.