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My Chocolate Year: A Novel with 12 Recipes to Make Your World a Little Sweeter

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  122 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Dorrie Meyers is starting fifth grade, the year of the Sweet Semester baking and essay contest at school. Dorrie is determined to win, but her cakes fall flat, her cookies look like pancakes, and she learns the hard way that chocolate-covered gum is NOT a good idea. Then Dorrie meets her cousin Victor for the first time. Victor is an immigrant from Europe, and he is about ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 19th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Alex Baugh
Apr 12, 2013 Alex Baugh rated it liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
There was just no way a chocoholic such a myself could pass on reading a book called My Chocolate Year. And I am glad I did.

It is September 1945, the war is over and Dorrie Meyers is starting fifth grade. And the best part is that her best friend Sunny Shapiro is in her class and their teacher is the very popular Miss Fitzgerald. Popular because each year, Miss Fitzgerald has a Sweet Semester, in which each student thinks up a dessert to make, writes an essay about it and in January they all bri
this was a really good book and has some really good recipes in it!!!!
Lilac Mohr
Dec 29, 2016 Lilac Mohr rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-independent
It was fun sharing this book with my 7-year-old daughter. It's about a girl who needs to come up with an original treat to bake for a class contest. The recipes were very simple (like chocolate pudding), and the story was easy to follow. The main character's family escaped Europe during World War II. I like the integration of Jewish culture and holidays in the story and discussion of the Holocaust at a level suitable for younger children. The book was a nice springboard to more meaningful conver ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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What a gem of a book! MY CHOCOLATE YEAR by Charlotte Herman starts out as a sweet story about 10-year-old Dorrie, who is a fifth-grader in Chicago just after the end of World War II. Dorrie is excited about the annual “Sweet Semester” contest run by her teacher. Every student is to plan a special dessert, which they will bring in to class at the end of the semester for a contest. The students sample each other's desserts and vote on the best one. Th
Nov 09, 2011 Lexi rated it really liked it
I liked it!! It was really cute and a good book for little girls the age of about ummmm about 9 to 12 I think. It was about a little girl named Dorrie I think. Yes that's her name. Anyway she is in Germany I think and she's a jew. She is at school one day and her teacher announces something that they have all been waiting for. There teacher announces that they are going to have SWEET SEMESTER!!!!! They are all so excited! They can' t wait! They all start talking about what they are going to make ...more
Jul 22, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages ten and up
I was drawn to this book because it has CHOCOLATE in the title and on the cover. How can I resist that? At first it just seemed like an innocent, sweet story (no pun intended) about a Jewish girl, in fifth grade, living in Chicago right after WWII. The adults in the family discuss missing relatives in Europe while Dorrie looks forward to the end of the school year when she must bring in a dessert for a competition called "Sweet Semester." I particularly enjoyed the end of the book when Victor, a ...more
Aug 03, 2009 Charlyn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Gr. 4 and up
Dorrie believes she has a few months to prepare for "Sweet Semester," an event in her classroom in which everyone prepares a food and writes an essay to accompany it. Dorrie is sure she is a klutz as a cook so she begins to think about her selection as soon as her teacher makes the announcement. The timeline changes when her teacher announces that, instead of January, the contest will be at the end of June. So Dorrie has the entire school year to think about her recipe as she eats the wonderful ...more
Gwen the Librarian
This is a very sweet story of a Jewish family living in Chicago just after WWII. The adults in the family are very worried because they haven't had word from their relatives in Europe and don't know where they are or if they have survived the Nazis. Dorrie, the fifth grade protagonist, is excited because this year her class is doing Sweet Semester where they each make a delicious dessert and write an essay about it. The winner gets to be in the newspaper!

What I like about this book is that it se
Jul 29, 2012 Holly rated it did not like it
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Dorrie is excitedly beginning 5th grade at the end of World War II, with a teacher who always holds a dessert contest at the end of the semester. The book alternates between Dorrie's kitchen disasters (with recipes included), and her family's concern for their relatives in Europe who they haven't heard from since early in the war. When they learn that one young cousin has survived, they work to bring him to the United States, and Dorrie learns to pay attention to the wider world. Somehow, her na ...more
Feb 22, 2008 Karin rated it it was ok
set in 1940's, this novel follows a year in the life of a 5th grade girl. title (& recipes included) relate to important baking/essay contest that class is working towards. also deals with middle class jewish family in post ww2 u.s. wondering what has become of their family in europe. illustrations by leuyen pham are good.
Anne Marie
Jan 21, 2009 Anne Marie rated it liked it
Dorrie is in fifth grade in 1945, shortly after the war ended. She is excited to be a part of the Sweet Semester in her class, but she has no idea what to make. As she tries new recipes, she shares them in the book. She also learns what it’s like to be an immigrant from Europe, through her cousin, Vincent.
Dec 18, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Recipes containing chocolate are interspersed throughout, in the context of several episodes in a story of Pos- WWII Jewish girl. Lovely and nostalgic. I am getting ready to make the chocolate hazelnut torte!
Dec 01, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
I don't have a tag for this as I don't really read juvenile lit that much. I enjoyed this trek into a post WWII Jewish American family, the trials they faced and the recipes they offered. I'm sitting in for my Children's Librarian for her girls book club.
Jul 09, 2008 Alathea rated it it was amazing
i thought this book was good because they have alot of recipes and the words just make you want to dream of delicious warm chocolate and caramel and helps in case if your mom or dad want to make any good treats
I am trying to go through the old books on my to-read shelf! This is good for a 3-4 grade girl who wants to read something that takes place in or around WWII. There are recipes after most every chapter in the book all involving chocolate.
Alice Bliss
Jul 08, 2014 Alice Bliss rated it it was ok
it was an ok read,there wasent that much detail in the story and i found myself waiting 4 something interesting to happen,but it didn't seem top have that "spark"that would make me want 2 read it,the only thing that was nice was the recipes:)
Aug 08, 2011 Zoey rated it it was amazing
i think at the end was a little weird but i liked it. i want you people to make a challenge to read at least a little of this book.
Nov 22, 2015 Aniyah rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was so cool I got it from my school library I really it and I used 3 of the recipes all ready YUM!!
Chocolate lovers, listen up! This has 12 recipes. A delicious read. Fun, exciting, cute, lots of laughs, and friendly.
Feb 19, 2016 Mollie rated it liked it
The story had great historical background, but was not very imaginative. Quasi-memoir quasi-fiction.
Jul 15, 2009 Jennie rated it really liked it
A great little book - a good story about family. This goes on my list of books I want my kids to read.
Josie Mae
this was a great book i read this with my mom for our bookclub i liked this book beause they it has recipes in it and you can make them yourself
May 28, 2011 BubbleNChip rated it it was ok
Although the story is set in post-WW2 America, much of the time it feels more like a depiction of life in 2008. Perhaps this was deliberate, to make the story more appealing to modern young readers
Jan 06, 2009 Janice rated it it was amazing
This was at the library, for their Mother/daughter book club. It is a wonderful, sweet story. I will have my seven year old read it.
Jesse rated it really liked it
Jun 16, 2008
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Kerith rated it it was ok
Jul 26, 2011
Dec 19, 2008 Jordyn marked it as to-read
i want to read it so badly
Elya rated it it was ok
Nov 23, 2011
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Charlotte Herman is the author of many beloved books for children, including the acclaimed Millie Cooper series and The House on Walenska Street. Like Dorrie, Charlotte possesses a lifelong love of family, chocolate malteds, and hot fudge sundaes. She makes her home outside of Chicago.
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