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The Secret Ingredient (Teashop Girls #2)

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Annie juggles sabotage and summer romance in this refreshing follow-up to The Teashop Girls that includes recipes for tea-related treats!

It’s the summer before ninth grade, and Annie has been working hard at the Steeping Leaf, which has been busier than ever. And Annie’s involved in a huge scone cook-off with one of Louisa’s tea suppliers that could mean an all-expenses pa
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (first published June 28th 2011)
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This was a very cute book. There were a lot of interesting things in it. and it is certainly age appropriate. Annie wants to win a contest to bake the best scone and win a trip to London. Not only does she have to make a winning scone recipe, but she also has to get ready for her first year of high school. And deal with boys. And be a good friend. And get people to follow her food blog so she can make it to Chicago to bake her scones and win. That's a lot for one summer!

There was some very inter
It was ok I loved it more before but when I keep thinking about it it was alright good for the moment entertaining I loved all the characters and all the scones looked yummy and it was a very refreshing read
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When I was child, I loved recipe books which had lots of picture in it. Not because I like cooking. There were not any ingredients that I read. I just stared at the pictures and pretended that I was munching them all. It was such a ritual before I took a nap. I do not do that silly thing anymore. I rarely open any recipe book. But I still love book that talk about food and The Secret Ingredient is one of my favorite.

This book introduced me to Anni
I read the first one so long ago that I don't remember why I loved it so much. This one wasn't unlikable, but I think as an adult I'm becoming increasingly cynical about tweens and teens who are competing to be special. like, Gryffindor wins everything every single year. competition is healthy, but it's super annoying to me when characters who are so young are trying so hard to be adults. Genna's obsession with James and being skinny, and Zoe's campaign to put better food in school lunches, are ...more
Karen Arendt
Annie and her friends Zoe and Genna are finishing up the summer before high school. Annie enters a contest to create a scone recipe using a blog to write about the recipes she tries. Annie works her community garden and wants to improve the school lunches with the vegetables grown. Genna returns from acting camp and struggles with body issues that celebrities should have. Each friend has the support of the other two with occasional conflicts. I like that the story incorporates a blog into the st ...more
The Teashop Girls are back, and the summer is heating up in Madison. Each TG has her own little story:

Genna's just gotten back from drama camp and is now obsessed with a guy she met there;

Zoe's become a food activist of sorts with her communal garden plot; and

Annie's all about scones. She's entered a blogging and baking contest.

All three TGs help each other with their challenges and share in their successes.

Cute and sweet.
Mya Maliyevsky
I think this book was great. I enjoyed how The Teashop Girls had another adventure. This time Annie was competing in a scone competion, while Gen was trying to lose weiight so she can impress her boy-friend from New York.
I would reccomend this book to anyone who like realistic fiction.
This is such a cute series, I really enjoy them as an adult and I think that's because I know how much I would've liked them when I was younger. I would have read them over and over. The writing is really good and the characters are relatable to middle grade girls. Hope she writes more!
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
I picked up this book because I read book two in this series already, and I liked the author’s style. The Secret Ingredient delivered exactly what I was looking for: a fun, easy romance with likeable characters and just enough conflict to keep me reading. I was a little disappointed there was no real resolution on Nate’s overzealous best female friend who wants him for herself, nor on June’s disruptive brother (especially since the book suggests Simon may suffer from clinical depression). Overal ...more
This book was so funny and made me smile. The characters were awesome to get to know and their friendships were very real. Plus, the main character Annie's grandmother, Louisa, was really awesome and gave really good advice. Overall great book
I reviewed this for Booklist. It's fun, light summer fare - perfect for middle school girls looking for a clean romance. Bonus points if they're into the local food movement.
So happy the author wrote book 2 of this story about tea and loving tea. I hope for more from this lovley tea drinking writer!!
I finished this book in about 6 hours. :D
Oreo22 Cream
I like this one better than the first!
Alyssa hoffmaster
The secret Ingredient was one hundred times better than the first one. I was glad that I enjoyed this one as much as I would. It was fast paced and enjoyable.

Anna and the teashop girls along with all her friends and family have saved the tea leaf, her grandmother’s tea café. Ever since they saved it the business has been booming, there was customers always there and Anna had a blast working there.

I loved the way Anna and Zach (the most annoying boy on the planet, according to her) had a love/h
Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury: The Secret Ingredient by Laura Schaefer is a really good teenage book that is very good for people who like to cook and like a little bit suspense mixed in with it. The book is narrarated by Annie who is the main Protagonist. It has some recipes in here for some very delicious scones and also some eye opening suspense at the end when they are choosing the winner for the bake-off.

The setting in this book is great. I don't think it would need any changing. It tell
This book was a quick, adorable, heart-felt read. It didn't really build the story, and there wasn't absolute drama and adventure, but it was still a book I will remember. It's about a teenage girl named Annie and her two friends Genna and Zoe. They are enjoying their summer break before 9th grade and each dealing with individual situations, along with their shared worry of starting high school. Briefly, here are their struggles:
Annie: Annie is entering a scone competition. She's trying to come
Jenn O'Brien
I cannot figure out if I liked this story better than the first, equal to the first, or less than the first.

At first, I thought I liked it better, but as I let it digest over the afternoon and think about it, I’m not so sure. The reason I say this is that I don’t know if I like how the contest ended. I think it could have been a better story if “the villain” had a different ending. I cannot put my finger on it, but it seemed too convenient to not like an anonymous person through the book and whe
The Secret Ingredient is about a girl named Annie who is a barista at her grandmother's tea shop, The Steeping Leaf. One day she finds out about a scone bake-off and the winner gets to go to London. All she has to do is make a food blog. When her food blog begins to start getting mean comments ,she has to find out who it is. The genre is food/friendship fiction. The book's weakness are when Anne was in the Steeping leaf restocking tea packages with Zach . The strengths are when Annie won and go ...more
Bridget R. Wilson
Now that her grandmother's tea shop (The Steeping Leaf) is safe, Annie turns her mind to other important matters. She's entering a scone baking contest and she's determined to win. This is also the summer The Teashop Girls face the hardship pf growing apart. They each have individual interests. Annie's is baking. Zoe's is campaigning for an improvement in school food. Genna's is body image (to the point of self harm). Does being individuals mean they can't be friends?

What I thought: I continue t
Maya M
The main character in The Secret Ingredient is Annie Green, who loves to bake all kinds of things.She enters this contest to win a baking contest. She goes through many challenges such as needing the most follower's on her blog where she tells people a bunch of different recipes that she came up with on her own.
This book was so awesome - I liked it even more than the first one. This book is very charming, with its endearing characters and comforting ambiance. I love the messages packed in it too - about growing up, about being a good person, being your own person, and about food, especially our relationship to our food, on the individual level and as a society. Reading it made me want to run out and grab some tea and a scone. Wonderful!
I foresee that I'm going to have to add a shelf labelled "juvenile chick lit." There seems to be a fair amount of it building up for the middle grade reader, & this sequel definitely has that feel. Protagonist Annie Green is back, & this time she's pretty much focused: if she gets into the top five of the scone-making competition, she's headed to a bake-off in Chicago. If that's not excitement enough, the grand prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to London for some serious high tea - so A ...more
Hannah Loves
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Melissa Bishop
I liked, The Secret Ingredient. I felt it was a good Young Adult read that, although is centered mainly around the goings on of a young girl working at her grandmother's tearoom for the summer, also deals with growing pangs such as; body image, friends changing and evolving into their own identities & how to show up not only for your life but for theirs and of course, what to do about those pesky boys that may not be so pesky after all. The Secret Ingredient shows readers that you can get th ...more
Hera Suroso
This is so fun to read, especially for tea-lovers out there ;-) love every quotes on tea which mark the beginning of each chapter. And also the scone recipes are very mouthwatering. The book fills my longing for The Dish series by Diane Muldrow (which I think ended at Book 12)
Tennille Chase
Cute second book that follows the Tea Shop Girls.
I really enjoyed this one. It took of from where the last one left, yet was fantastic.
If you enjoy Tea, friendship, scones, mystery a little love drama, and an afternoon with a good book pick it up.
This was a really fun book! I was taken away to the world of the characters. =) I loved how almost everything revolved around baking and tea!! I would totally recommend this book!
I enjoyed the recipes and tea facts that Laura Schaefer tucked within the pages of The Secret Ingredient. The relationship between Annie and her grandmother, Louisa is wonderfully portrayed.
This book was very interesting an I enjoyed it very much however can't seem to ind Book 1- The Teashop Girls.
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Laura Schaefer is the author of The Secret Ingredient (Simon & Schuster 2011), The Teashop Girls (Simon & Schuster 2008), Why We Fall Out of Love (Planet Explorers Publishing 2012), and Ultimate Money-Saving Hacks for College Students (Planet Explorers Publishing 2012).

Under the pen name Avery Sawyer, Laura Schaefer is the author of Notes to Self, a young adult novel about a teen with a tr
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