Indies Introduce

Middle Grade

  • Midsummer's Mayhem, Rajani LaRocca
    Yellow Jacket, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing USA, 9781499808889, June 11, 2019 (Middle Grade)

    “What a fun, delicious read! Mimi bakes scrumptious goodies to express her heart, but is she good enough to win the While Away baking prize and an opportunity to work with her favorite chef? And can she figure out why her family is acting so strangely?”

    -Joan Trygg, Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, MN

    “I savored every minute of this romp. I loved Mimi and her drive to be less invisible in her big family full of go-getters. The South Indian foods, well-defined in the glossary, added another layer of flavor to the story. The baking contest, reminiscent of The Great British Baking Show, was full of surprises, and the hints of magic and allusions to A Midsummer Night’s Dream were perfect. The included recipes are the icing on the cake. I can’t wait to make the savory scones for my co-workers.”

    -Jen Kraar, City of Asylum Bookstore, Pittsburgh, PA

    “I’m hungry for all the treats in this story and for more books from Rajani LaRocca. Mimi is a kind and inquisitive girl that you instinctively root for, and her struggles with failure really resonated with me. This play on Shakespeare with a culinary twist is absolutely delightful and, dare I say it, scrumptious. More, more, more!”

    —Sami Thomason, Square Books, Oxford, MS


    “Honeysuckle sweet with a pinch of mayhem and a fairy twist! You’ll only want to put this book down in order to eat an entire plate of cookies. Shakespeare and baking — it’s the book combo dreams are made of.”

    -Liz Rice, The Book Cellar, Chicago, IL

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