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Publisher's Note:

An Amazon Best Book of the Month: July 2014 An Amazon Editors’ Pick for Middle Grade Summer Reading “A scrumptious gem of a story!”—Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author ofThe False Prince Meet Gladys Gatsby: New York’s toughest restaurant critic. (Just don’t tell anyone that she’s in sixth grade.) Gladys Gatsby has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, …

All Four Stars

by Tara Dairman

Overall Book Review:

What’s an aspiring 11-year-old chef/food critic to do with parents who believe cooking is done in the microwave and only eat at fast food restaurants? Well, that’s exactly Gladys’s problem in All Four Stars. This charming novel by Tara Dairman reads like a mash up of Roald Dahl’s Matilda and the newspaper restaurant review section, but with Julie Child as the protégé. Gladys knows, and sneaks, her way around the kitchen and produces amazing creations–all of which she keeps hidden from her parents. After an alarming incident with a blow torch and the kitchen curtains, her secret is discovered and poor Gladys is forced to give up her passion. All Four Stars shows what she now does with her forced free time and her road to winning her parents over. Will they ever realize that Gladys in a genius when it comes to cooking and baking, creating masterpieces well beyond her years? Will they realize that food does not have to come in varying shades of brown and that it can be an amazing experience? You will just have to read All Four Stars to find out and to enjoy the fun adventure of Gladys’s journey to accomplished food critic along the way.


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation.

Violence/Gore: None

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

None

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
1
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
0
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
0
10

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About the Reviewer

I remember as a young girl sneaking out of my bedroom to read by the hall light my parents left on, just so I could finish an exciting book. I’ve always loved books and reading is somewhat of a passion for me–something I’m passing on to my kids. I have four children and I have a hard time making them turn out the light when they say, “But I just got to the good part”.