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Author: Dairman, Tara
Eleven-year-old Gladys Gatsby loves food and cooking, so when she lands an assignment to write a restaurant review for a New York City newspaper, she will do anything to make it happen, even risk the wrath of her fast-food loving parents.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.00
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 169704
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 7.40
Points: 14.0 Quiz: 65426
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2014 Gr 4–7—Gladys's secret passion for cooking is discovered when she accidentally sets the kitchen curtains on fire trying to make crème brulee. The child has taught herself to cook to escape the fast-junk-food takeout that her parents bring home nightly. They don't share Gladys's interest in cooking, and wish that their daughter would do more "normal" kid things and make friends. But once her Parisian aunt introduces her to fine gourmet, she's hooked. When Gladys's class is challenged to enter an essay contest sponsored by the New York Standard newspaper, she writes her entry as a letter to its food editor. The letter is mistakenly given to the editor, who is desperate for a freelance restaurant critic. Not realizing that it came from a sixth grader, she emails Gladys inviting her to review a restaurant in New York City. The snag is that she must get there without her parents finding out. She hatches an elaborate plan that includes bribing the snobbiest girl in school, getting an invitation to an exclusive birthday party, and riding in a purple limousine. The plan goes disastrously and hilariously awry, but Gladys and fine food ultimately triumph. The characters are well drawn—the snob and her entourage; shy, quiet Gladys; her picky-eater friend, Sandy; the literal boy next door; and a teacher who brings out the best in her students. Give this one to your young foodies.—Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 06/01/2014 Gladys Gatsby is a foodie who cooks in secret because her parents prefer fast food to high cuisine. Then an incident involving a blowtorch, custard, and curtains lands her in hot water and gets her banned from the kitchen. To regain her parents’ trust, she tries to win the New York Standard essay contest by writing about her future as a veterinarian, until her teacher encourages her to be more creative and more honest. Gladys then writes a cover letter for her dream job—restaurant reviewer. This letter actually makes it to the dining editor, and Gladys is offered a job reviewing a fancy dessert restaurant in New York City, but how will she get there when she is only in the sixth grade? Gladys is a lovable character with plenty of spunk and ambition, and readers will happily cheer her on, while the fresh plot adds a delicious dimension to the host of stories set in sixth grade. Fans of foodie fiction should also check out Pie, by Sarah Weeks (2011) or A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff (2013). - Copyright 2014 Booklist.