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Cake: Love, Chickens and a Taste of Peculiar
Zondervan / 2012 / Hardcover
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Spunky, smart, twelve-year-old Wilma Sue moves into her fifth foster home---this time to live with two quirky sisters. The sisters' house has something she's never known---love. Well, love and chickens and maybe a little magic---or so it appears. But mostly it's the love.
Joyce Magnin is the author of five novels, including the popular and quirky Bright's Pond Series, Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus, and the middle grade novel, Carrying Mason. She is a frequent conference speaker and writing instructor. Joyce lives in Pennsylvania with her son, Adam, and their crazy cat, Mango, who likes to sit on her desk.
Magnin (the Brights Pond series) brings a sense of whimsy to a middle-grade novel that frosts layers of issues with quirky humor. Abandoned by her mother, 12-year-old Wilma Sue isnt expecting much at her next foster home with retired missionary sisters Ruth and Naomi Beedlemeyer, who keep chickens and bake extraordinary and mysterious cakes. As Wilma Sue settles in, she makes a new friend, Penny, who is also struggling with difficulties in her family. When a disaster involving the chickens occurs, the problem can only be solved with love and honesty. Magnin has added many charming ingredients to her taleanimals, oddball names (Snipplesmith, Pigsworthy), and fantastical elements centered on the sisters cakes. She also has her pulse on a childs yearning to belong and be loved. It doesnt all add up; Wilma Sue can be a little too precocious (would a childs eye know stone that looked like mica schist?). But Magnins riotous imagination is fun to run with; shes cooked up a sweet story. Ages 9up. (Jan.) 2012 Reed Business Information
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