Aug 03, 12
Read from July 26 to August 02, 2012
The Steeping Leaf is Annie Green's favorite place to be. Ever since she was a child, she loved being in her grandmother's tea shop. It was like home to her. So at thirteen, and on the verge of being done with middle school, Annie decides she is mature enough to handle a job there. Her grandmother agrees, and Annie begins her barista days. Or day. Because her very first day of work, the power gets turned off, and soon after, the shop receives an eviction notice. It seems Annie's barista days will be short-lived unless something changes and business at the shop turns around. Annie is heart-broken over this news. She loves the tea shop; it is a huge part of her life. Plus, there's a rather handsome sophomore helping out for a few weeks as well, and she certainly wouldn't mind spending more time with him!
So Annie calls in the other "Teashop Girls," her friends Zoe and Genna. They, too, had spent many days at the shop growing up, and the three of them had formed the Teashop Girls club, complete with a handbook. As the girls brainstorm ways to save the shop, they deal with the issues of growing up. They start to see real progress with their plans to save the shop, but will it be enough? And will they be able to remain friends -- and "Teashop Girls" -- after Annie and Genna have a big fight?
*I enjoyed this book. It was quick and light and a sweet coming of age story.