The Crepe Makers’ Bond
From the winner of the Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature comes the sequel to Discovering Pig Magic, a charming novel about friendship, food, and surviving the last year of middle school.
Fourteen-year-old Ariel is the head chef in her family’s kitchen. Cucumber salads, fettucine carbonara, fish tacos, and peanut butter pie are just a few of the dishes she crafts when she’s feeling frustrated by the world, and it’s turning into a frustrating year. Ariel, Nicki, and M have been inseparable friends since they were kids, but now M’s mom has decided to move away. It’s the girls’ last year in middle school, and they can’t fathom being separated.
The friends concoct a plan that will keep M in the Bay Area—she’ll move in with Ariel and her family. But before you can say “bff,” the party is over. Everything M does gets on Ariel’s nerves, and it’s not long before the girls are avoiding each other. This was supposed to be their best year ever, but some painful lessons are threatening to tear their friendship apart. Can the girls scramble to make things right before the bond crumbles?
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Praise and Prizes
“Highly entertaining and multilayered . . . Julie Crabtree is particularly adept at capturing the emotional life of teens. The ease with which she weaves Ariel’s clear (and fabulous) recipes and passion for cooking into this story about how even close friends can change unexpectedly is equally impressive. . . . Creative and refreshing like a good soufflé, this perceptive, heartfelt narrative nevertheless has real meat on its bones.”
“This insightful and humorous depiction of the evolving friendship of three middle-school girls is a great match for ten- to thirteen-year-old readers.”