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 Dash of trouble (Love sugar magic)
 Author: Meriano, Anna

 Publisher:  Walden Pond Press (2017)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 310 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 638265 ISBN: 9780062498465
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Bakeries -- Fiction
 Bakers -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Witches -- Fiction
 Mexican Americans -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

Book 1--Leonora Logrono's family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas, spending their days conjuring delicious cookies and cakes for any occasion. Leo hopes this might be the year she gets to help prepare for Dia de los Muertos but is still told she's too young. Sneaking out of school and down to the bakery, she discovers her mother, aunt, and four older sisters have in fact been keeping a big secret: they're brujas-witches of Mexican ancestry.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.30
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 193489
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 5.50
   Points: 14.0   Quiz: 72587

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (10/15/17)
   School Library Journal (+) (11/01/17)
   Booklist (11/01/17)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/18)
 The Hornbook (00/03/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2017 Gr 3–6—Amor y Azúcar Panadería (Love and Sugar Bakery) is bustling on the eve of Dia de los Muertos, and all Leonora Logroño wants to do is help. But as the youngest of five sisters, Leo is repeatedly told she is too young to participate in the family business. Leo resorts to sneaking, and discovers that Mama, Tia, and her sisters are brujas, and there is more to their baked goods than just sugar and flour. Anxious to explore her own potential abilities, Leo steals a book of magical recipes and begins experimenting, leading to various mishaps. Tradition is a prominent theme in this debut, but instead of leading to conflict, Meriano depicts a family that is open and accepting of change, while still honoring long-standing family customs. Leo, despite feeling left out, has very supportive older sisters who guide her misadventures, and ultimately, along with the elder women (even Abuela, whose ghost keeps an eye on the family), shape Leo's magical development. Spell recipes are included in the text entirely in Spanish, which Leo, as a nonspeaker, must decipher using a bilingual dictionary. Back matter includes additional nonmagical recipes for pan de muerto and amaranth bars that should keep readers busy until the next installment in the series. VERDICT A delectable debut with wide appeal, and a must-have for middle grade fiction collections.—Jessica Agudelo, New York Public Library - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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