All Four Stars

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Vol: 38, Issue: 8

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Stephens, Aylea
Excellent; Intermediate; Tara Dairman; Cooking; Writing; Dreams; Food
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Gladys Gatsby loves to cook, but her parents want her to stop after she almost burns down her kitchen with a blowtorch trying to make creme brulee. Her parents forbid her to cook or read about cooking and instead to play outside and make friends—things that don't sound appealing at all to Gladys. When a mix-up with a school assignment gets her a job as a food critic, that is if she can get to the restaurant and submit a review good enough to convince the newspaper that she can do the task, she makes friends with people she never expected to associate with and works hard to convince her parents why she loves food and to accomplish her goals.