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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,216 Ratings  ·  390 Reviews

Bailey, who is usually so nice, Bailey, my neighbor, my friend, my buddy, my pal for my whole life, knowing me better than anybody, that Bailey, that Bailey I am so mad at right now, that Bailey, I hate him today.

Twelve-year-old Rosie and her best friend, Bailey, don't always get along, that's true. But Granny Torrelli seems to know just how to make things right again

Kindle Edition, 172 pages
Published (first published July 29th 2003)
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Apr 07, 2008 Malbadeen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
could i put a bazillion kids books on here? yes. do I? no.
you're welcome.
But Sharon Creech is worth pointing out.
Her books are diverse in style and kick ass in story but mostly I love that she respects kids enough to speak in ways that are less than orthodox for kids books.
I LOVE that she writes in away that teachers would be mortified to see their kids write.
I LOVE that while teachers are beating their kids over the head with the lame-ass "First, Then, Next, Finally" format and "Topic Sentence,
(NS) Brea M
Nov 01, 2009 (NS) Brea M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the book, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Sharon Creech offers a story of strong characters and meaningful relationships through good old fashion cooking. Rosie is a high spirited 12 year old with a best friend Bailey. The two grew up next to each other and did everything the same until it was time to go to school. That’s when Rosie realized Bailey was different, he was blind. Rosie’s attempt to help Bailey anyway possible, at times gets a bit overwhelming to him. When Rosie gets upset with Baile ...more
Kris Patrick
Nov 02, 2015 Kris Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a group of 4th grade girls ask you to read a book with them even though you've already read it. Well... you do. Still a Sharon Creech fan.
Feb 21, 2012 L12_danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to "Granny Torrelli Makes Soup" and truly enjoyed it. This story features Granny Torrelli (an excellent zuppa, or soup maker), twelve-year old Rosie and her neighbor, Bailey. The friendship of Rosie and Bailey has its ups and downs. Rosie can change from good friend to sassy girl to ice queen in a matter of seconds. Bailey bounces through his reactions to Rosie and plows through his own challenges as a young blind boy. Through it all, Granny T. tells stories, makes the two friends lau ...more
Bebe Haase
Jul 23, 2016 Bebe Haase rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the only books that I had to read for school and enjoyed!

Amanda Harris
Rosie gets some great advice, from her granny Torrelli, about life in general, but more specifically about her best buddy/pal Bailey-the boy who lives next door. Bailey and Rosie have literally grown up together and have been separable ever since. Bailey developed a condition early on that left him blind, making Rosie feel like she wants to protect Bailey. Now that they are older, Rosie realizes that her feelings for Bailey are more than just friends, however, she is unsure of herself and where ...more
Jan 28, 2010 Terryann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, in2books
Questions and disucssion for my penpal:

Did you like Granny Torrelli Makes Soup? I liked it a lot. I especially liked the way that Rosie describes her feelings. Sometimes she is a tiger girl and sometimes an ice queen or sly fox. Some of my feelings are fierce like a bear, or sneaky like a snake or hard like stone. I also liked the way that Granny Torrelli imagines her family having a big pasta party in the sky. I think that is a nice way of thinking about your family members after they are gone.
Rachel G
Nov 21, 2013 Rachel G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

The book I read for my book review was Granny Torrelli Makes Soup. The story is funny, heartwarming, and deserves a five star rating. I strongly recommend this book to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders because the story is about two life long friends, Rosie and Bailey, who are learning to deal with issues in their friendship. The story also involves Granny Torrelli, who helps her granddaughter Rosie, and Bailey ‘’Boy’’ learn how to resolve their issues when she
Apr 13, 2010 Tychrishia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the wise grand mother granny torrelli. Her ganddaghter
was named rose. her best friend was blind at the age of four
his name was baily.Baily an rosi was raised next door to each other.
They were like brother an sister.
And they were the same age, 12 yers old but baily was one mounth born after rosi. But when it came to school were Rosie had a fit over her best friend, it was
time for granny torrelli to solve the problem.If you were blind
would you like to go to the same school as your bff
Chloe Pearl
Good. It plays with emotions, because you're not sure if Bailey's good or if he's bad. Sharon Creech is my third favorite author.
Jenna Long
Sep 26, 2014 Jenna Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters in my story was Granny Torrelli, Rosie, & Bailey (Rosie's neighbor). All these characters are very important. Rosie has a kind heart but a short temper. Her neighbor, Bailey. He is very much alike to Rosie.. He has a short bad temper and is very kind at the same time. Granny Torrelli on the other hand is a very wise, kind-hearted, elderly woman that is just trying to make peace to everyone. The plot in this story is telling how Granny Torrelli helps Rosie & Bailey not figh ...more
Feb 07, 2014 Vonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Food can make people come together and become closer. In this book, the making of soup played an importance in the story. I found Granny Torrelli Makes Soup to be a very cute read and I liked how it was told through making a dish.


The book was broken up into two different parts, and each part there was a different kind of recipe being made. The first part concentrated on making "zuppa" or soup. The main character Rosie was mad at her best friend Bailey. While helping her grandmother make the
I wasn't diggin' this book in the beginning, but once I got about half-way through and started to develop some empathy towards the characters, I really enjoyed this book from then on. I think the characters of Rosie, Granny Torrelli and Bailey are what make this book so endearing. I wasn't crazy about the style of the writing, but the actual story and development of the characters I thought was really sweet and easy to relate to.
Jan 30, 2014 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 07, 2016 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
Granny Torrelli Makes zuppa and relates stories from her youth in the old country to comfort her twelve-year-old granddaughter, Rosie. Rosie and Bailey were born one-week apart and have been best friends from the start. Rosie has always been at Bailey's side, helping him since he is nearly blind. But Bailey tells Rosie she is full of herself, after she tries to learn Braille. Granny Torrelli's voice is warm and authentic, much like the pasta and food that is whipped up in her Italian kitchen. Ro ...more
Read this for our elementary school's Battle of the Books. It is a cute story about friendship and family all connected by Grandma Torrelli's soup and pasta. A heartwarming story.
Jun 05, 2009 Yoonmee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
An easy read, probably great for reluctant readers. I loved this book. Heck, I even teared up a bit while reading it. A wonderful book about family and friendship.
Mar 05, 2015 Pilar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i thought this book was sad book because it is about a boy who is blind and his friend that is a girl tries to help him.
Barbara M
A delightful little story for tweens. Granny Torelli dispenses wisdom with the stories she tells her granddaughter Rosie as they fix wonderful things like Zuppa, and pasta. You can practically smell the food cooking. Granny knows when to talk and when to "pause" and Rosie understands exactly what she's doing. Granny's stories show Rosie that she's not alone in the emotional rollercoaster that is her relationship with her good pal, her buddy, her neighbor Bailey (or Bailey boy as they call him). ...more
Read for 5th grade English
Alek Severkovski
Granny Torrelli by Sharon Creech was a good book. Rosie and Bailey are usually best friends, but when Rosie try's to learn Braille because Bailey her best guy friend is blind. Bailey slams he door in her face and he is so upset. But Rosie learns her world seems a little bit bigger.

I rated this book a 5/5 it was really well done and included everything about the story and didn't skip details or main events.

I would recommend this book to Sharon Creech fans or people who like a good and funny read
Francine Plant
Sep 09, 2014 Francine Plant rated it it was amazing
Another great story...

I love good stories...laugh, cry, having my heart fill up...a really God story does all of these...Granny Torelli makes Soup conjures up all these things...Family, Friends, and the love and joy we feel when we create something wonderful, as all my memories of cooking with people I love bring these things, seemingly small and unimportant, coming swirling back into my mind and heart. This is what good stories can do--touch us in unknown, surprising ways...
Mar 30, 2011 Josiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who does this kind of book any better than Sharon Creech, really? The voice that she creates for a young girl like Rosie is ceaselessly comforting to the deep-down hurt feelings of readers because it reflects our own inner voices in so many ways, honestly bringing to the forefront the kinds of puzzling emotions that real people feel, emotions that are so often obfuscated by our carefully constructed protective walls.

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup is the gently humorous, intimate portrait of a twelv
Oct 01, 2009 Janessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Granny Torrelli is the story of friendship between twelve year old Rosie and the boy next door, Bailey. They have grown up alongside each other, and have shared everything together. Which is why Rosie doesn’t understand why Bailey gets angry at her for learning how to read his books — written in Braille because Bailey is blind. Added to the misunderstanding is the tension that arises when a new girl moves in across the street. A ‘too-friendly’ new girl who ’smiles all over the place’. A new girl ...more
Nov 03, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creech’s “Granny Torrelli Makes Soup” told from a 12 year old girl’s point of view, shows the vulnerability of friendship. It integrates topics of growing up, interpersonal relationships, as well as exposes the physical challenge of blindness.

Creech develops two rounded characters, with whom we get to know on a deep level as a reader, Bailey and Rosie. They have been best friends since they were born. Throughout the story, Rosie takes you on the journey through her friendship with Bailey while r
Jan 07, 2014 EhMan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 21, 2012 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story starts off with the two best friends Rosie and Bailey getting in a fight. Rosie talks with Granny Torelli all about Bailey and their friendship. While talking, Granny makes soup. Once the fight is over, the two friends bond over the new girl on their street and deciding they do not like her. While making soup, Bailey, Rosie, and grandma discuss past experiences. Jealousy is a huge theme in this story that could be a great lesson for students. Granny is one of those characters who you r ...more
Aug 28, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
For several years, our school librarian has been reading this book aloud to our fifth graders. It is about Rosie and Bailey and their very real friendship, complete with competition, jealousy and true caring for each other. Interspersed are Granny Torrelli's insights as she shares her own stories, while engaging the kids in soup and pasta-making. This is a great book for interactive responses. We would have the kids role-play being Rosie and Bailey during the "Inner Thoughts" activity in which t ...more
This realistic fiction novel is about the struggles of a blind child. Rosie and her best friend Bailey(who is blind) make soup and pasta while talking about their problems with “loved by all” Granny Torelli. At the beginning, Rosie is very mad at bailey because he insulted her when she revealed she was secretly learning brail. Over time, the problem was solved. In no time though, another conflict broke out when the new girl, Janette moves in. Rosie almost immediately holds a grudge on the new g ...more
Jun 26, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Granny Torelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech is a hilarious book that will make you want Granny Torrelli to be a part of your family. Not only does she know how to make some delicious meals, but her funny antics will crack you up. Granny Torrelli also serves up a side dish of wisdom to try to help Rosie see why jealousy is not the answer. It is a super book for people of all ages and I think kids in fourth through eighth grade will especially relate to Rosie. The book touches on blindness, friends ...more
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“My granny Torrelli says when you are angry with someone, so angry you are thinking hateful things, so angry maybe you want to punch them, then you should think of the good things about them, and the nice things they've said, and why you liked them in the first place.” 14 likes
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