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Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood
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Mar 01, 2012

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bookshelves: juvenile-fantasy
Read in April, 2012

Although fitting in with my beloved subgenre of tween fiction in which a girl comes through hardships, learns her strengths, & finds her place in the world in the setting of a bakery or sweet shop, this one comes with a slight difference: the introduction of magic. In that, & in the close relationship between the very quirky siblings making up the family, there's an echo of Ingrid Law's "Savvy" here. I anticipate more to come, based on the ending.
Charming protagonist Rosemary Bliss is the kind of girl who just doesn't see her uniqueness: all she knows is that, in a family of noticeable personalities, she's the boring one who is best known for having a strong work ethic where her family's bakery is concerned, & also always, always follows the rules.
But things start to change when Rosemary's parents are called away from home for a couple of weeks & the Bliss kids are left in charge. Although under strict instructions to just bake normal goodies & completely ignore the secret family cookbook - filled with magical recipes that have a tendency to make people's lives better when eaten - the siblings just can't resist the temptation when their beautiful, glamorous "Aunt" Lily shows up & takes charge. Soon, things are in chaos & Rosemary isn't sure what to do. A great story for any kid who has ever felt that there's nothing special about them.

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