Cady (11) has lived at Miss Mallory's orphanage since she was a baby. They live in a world where everyone has a special Talent. Cady's talent is baking perfect, personalized cakes. She can look at a person and know what kind of cake would suit them the best. Miss Mallory's talent is matching the perfect parents to an orphan, but she has been unsuccessful in finding a family for Cady.
When a man named Toby runs into Cady at the orphanage, he feels an unexplainable connection to her. He adopts Cady and brings her to live with him at the Emporium. Cady isn't the only recent arrival, the Asher family has moved there, as well. While Toby searches for his long-lost (and well-hidden) inheritance and Marigold and Zane Asher are discovering their own Talents, Cady discovers the recipe for the perfect peanut butter. Little did she know that she was the target of a Talent thief (who wants that recipe and her baking skills) and that her peanut butter recipe would change her life.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (13):
I absolutely love this book. The story is told in chapters alternating between several different characters whose fates all depend on each other. As the mystery unfolds, there are a lot of jaw-dropping moments when two completely separate things turn out to be connected. I love how complicated the story is, with so many different characters and their own troubles and past experiences tying together with other events in the plot. The ending is a bit sad, but the book really makes you think and it is definitely worth a read.
I recommend this book for ages 10 and up. There isn’t any sensitive content, but the complexity of the story might be a bit difficult for younger readers to grasp. I think it is one of those books you can read several times, because each time, you’ll notice something new that you hadn’t noticed before, so I do suggest buying it.
If you love stories where things that look totally unrelated are actually quite tightly connected, this is the book for you! Lots of mystery, suspense, and a peanut butter recipe! Yum.
None. There are multiple narrators to the story, so perspectives of events change. This can be offputting to some readers.
This is the first book in a fantasy series that is about family, friendship, and mystery.
This is a great mystery to read for fun, but the multi-narrator aspect may frustrate some readers. Use the opportunity to draw a story map. They are a great tool not just for books but any time you need to sort or organize lots of information into something that makes sense to you.
11 and Up
10 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 13
Buy. You're going to want to re-read this because each reading will let you see more of the story's secrets.