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3 Middle-Grade Novels to Pick Up This Summer


We're solidly into the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! Here are 3 sweet novels featuring baked goods for young readers to read this July.

Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble

The first in the Love Sugar Magic series, this enchanting tale follows eleven-year-old Leonora, whose family owns a bakery and has a secret--the women are brujas, or witches. Leo can’t wait to start working her own magic, but getting a headstart on the family business doesn’t exactly go as planned . . .

Pie in the Sky by Remi Lai

Pie in the Sky

After twelve-year-old Jingwen, his little brother Yanghao, and their mom move to Australia, Jingwen struggles to make friends and learn English. He also misses his dad, who dreamed of opening a bakery in Australia but died in a car accident two years earlier. While his mom is at work, Jingwen enlists Yanghao’s help in making the cakes his dad used to bake with him in this sweet book with graphic novel-style illustrations throughout. 

Summer of a Thousand Pies by Margaret Dilloway

Summer of a Thousand Pies

This sweet-as-pie novel follows Cady as she moves in with her two aunts after her father is incarcerated. She spends the summer learning how to make pies, getting to know her aunt Shell, becoming friends with a neighbor boy, and watching The Great British Bake-Off.

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Hooray for Strawberries

It's strawberry season in the US! Learn more about this delicious berry.Tips for choosing strawberries Since strawberries are so fragile, they have to be picked by hand. The United States leads the world in production of strawberries. The United States farms more strawberries to sell each year than any other country in the world. When choosing strawberries, keep [...]

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Your Guide to Blueberries

Happy blueberry season! These delicious berries are in season June through August in the US. Blueberries don’t grow on a tree or vine but on a shrub, which is like a large bush. Mature blueberry bushes are usually taller than kids and can be very wide around. Blueberries are ready to be picked when they change from [...]

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Savor Summer with a Staycation

Sometimes there is no time or money for a vacation. While some may be accustomed to multiple course breakfasts on cruise ships or decadent meals at bed and breakfasts, one sure way to make a staycation special is by taking the time to make a luxurious breakfast. This recipe for crepes is easy and [...]

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Eating in August

Shake up your summer with some seriously good eats.Experiment with and celebrate these foods all month long.August is...National Catfish MonthNational Peach MonthNational Sandwich MonthNational Panini MonthWhat are you eating this month?

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