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The Doughnut Fix

(The Doughnut Fix #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Tristan isn't Gifted or Talented like his sister Jeanine, and he's always been okay with that because he can make a perfect chocolate chip cookie and he lives in the greatest city in the world. But his life takes a turn for the worse when his parents decide to move to middle-of-nowhere Petersville―a town with one street and no restaurants. It's like suddenly they're suppos ...more
Published April 1st 2018 by Sourcebooks
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Whispering Stories
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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12-year-old Tristan’s life had been rapidly turned up-side-down when his parents announced that they were moving from New York City to Petersville after his father lost his job at the bank.

Petersville was a small town with only one street, mainly filled with closed down shops. The train no longer stopped in the centre either, and there wasn’t even a place to get anything to eat from, never mind buy a doughnut from.

The local convenience store, r
It's impossible to resist this smart and funny middle-grade novel, especially because it includes a quest to make the perfect chocolate cream doughnut. It moves quickly, from the moment Tristan's life gets turned upside-down when his family moves to a small, Upstate New York town from New York City through his adjustment to his new town. Readers won't be able to put it down until its done. And then they will want more.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Never before have I so thoroughly identified with a 12 year-old boy.

Seriously, this is wonderful. Read it.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
When my daughter was young, she wanted to learn to cook, so I got her several children's cook books, and we made things together. In face, if she made them, she was more likely to eat them, and if I made them from the book, she was more likely to like the food.

In fact, she still makes brownies from one of the cook books, because the browsies turn out well, and it is a simple recipie.

So it is kind of cool that Tristian, otherwise known as Tris or Jax, and his sisters are learning from their mothe
Snazzy Reads
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Made me hungry for donuts!
Aj Sterkel
The Doughnut Fix stars a boy named Tristan who’s passionate about cooking and who is really determined to get a doughnut. Unfortunately, his family just moved from New York City to the middle of nowhere, and there aren’t any doughnuts in the middle of nowhere! If he wants one, he’ll have to make it himself.

I enjoyed this book. I laughed several times while reading it. It’s different from the depressing stuff I’m normally drawn to. I appreciate that it’s not an “issue novel” because some kids don
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

So, I have eaten my nommy dougnut I am ready to write my review! After a bumpy start, I fell in love with this book and I had a lot of fun reading it. Though I definitely got hungry because of it. :P

Tris/Jax was a fun character, and I was delighted how sweet he was (well, mostly, but then again, siblings don't always go well together) to his sisters. Even later when he had to babysit Zoe on an important day he did it with love
Ms. Yingling
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Tristan's family decides to move from New York City to a small town after his father loses his job and his mother decides to open a restaurant. Tristan is so upset that he doesn't even tell his best friend, thinking that his magical thinking will somehow stop the m ove from happening. It doesn't. Soon, the family is ensconced in a run down house at the outskirts of a small town on the East Coast. Tristan isn't happy, his sister Jeanine is even less happy because she is n
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This was adorable. I'll admit, I was kind of skeptical at first, but got hooked right away.

Tristan (Jax, lol) is a believable main character that many young readers will identify with. He feels ignored, left behind, and struggles with being jealous of his siblings, but ultimately just wants to succeed. I really enjoyed this, but wish that the recipes had been included on in the egalley I received. ;)

Tristan and his family live in New York and he LOVES it. The food, the people, the environment,
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jf
I think this book is fabulous. I like humor and Tristan's problem solving. It made me laugh and it made me hungry. I liked reading about how determined all the characters became about their projects.
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just good clean regular fun that I can basically give to anybody this summer. I liked that Tris is a regular kid and recognizes that even though he's not gifted, he is still smart. And I loved reading a book about a boy who likes to bake and doesn't have any weird baggage about it.
Krissy Neddo
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just the right length for my 4th and 5th graders. They want books with characters they can remember and feel like they know. The sister/brother fights and drama will appeal to them. Zoe's antics are LOL funny as is the scene with Dad in the baby buggy. Smiles! Really like this book.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
For being YA, this book was so relatable! And just a cute story. Worth reading, definitely.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Tris is not happy about his parents' good news -- "We're moving!" Until he discovers the solution to his problems. Doughnuts!
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Tristan and his family have recently moved from New York City to the country. He misses his best friend and his life in the city. At least the general store has life changing chocolate cream doughnuts...or they used to but the owner stopped making them years before. Tristan's parents tell Tristan and his sister they must do some type of project to keep themselves busy and learning until they begin school, so Tristan decides to create the perfect chocolate cream doughnut. Together with his new fr ...more
Debbie Tanner
This is the story of Tristan, who lives in NY City and really loves food. He and his family end up moving to a small town out in the country and Tristan is dismayed to find that not only are there no restaurants (his mom is hoping to open one), there are also no bakeries, cafes, delis or even coffee shops. However, he finds a sign in a window that promises chocolate cream filled doughnuts. Except that the owner doesn't make them anymore. The story is hilarious in spots, has an excellent piece of ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, middle-years
A finger-licking, lip-smacking treat of a story! Realistic family dynamics, relatable problems (ughh moving is SO TOUGH as a kid), and tantalizing descriptions of food. Yum! Plus a very excellent overview of business in kid-lingo a la "Lawn Boy," but not madcap and preposterous. Truly believable, heartwarming, and delicious.
Tonja Drecker
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The uncertainty of a twelve-year-old as he faces a whole new life thanks to a family move hits humor and an unexpected twist, which opens new doors in a way he never expected it could.

Tristan figures something is up when his parents take him and his two sisters for a ride into the countryside, leaving New York behind, but he never expected to be introduced to their new, future home on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere. Not happy about any of it, he takes his bike to find at least something
C Harpin
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Cute book, but somewhat unbelievable. And I wanted more raccoon since there was one on the cover...
Karen Bundy
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this with my son, and we are both looking forward to the upcoming series.
The Book Chief
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sarah Sammis
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In terms of the road narrative project, Tristian's work can be summarized as a 663333, or a marginalized protagonist in a rural setting and a blue highway. As Petersville is out of the way but still accessible via a car, one can assume it's a blue highway or a road that is established enough to serve a small town but isn't an interstate.

Tristian as a child, albeit a teenager, isn't expected to be able to start his own business. It is the lack of expectation by the woman who owns the doughnut rec
Sarah Hay
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j
I really liked this one until it abruptly ended making me wonder if it will be part of a series. There was no cliff hanger just - boom, book over. And I really want to know what happened with the raccoon.
Tristan’s parents have decided to move their family to Petersville New York, a far cry for the New York City he is used to. Tristan soon discovers there isn’t much to the town and becomes intriguied by a sign that advertises doughnuts that are no longer being made. In need of something to do Tri
Becca Rutkowski
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A funny story about change, friendship, starting your own business and of course doughnuts.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
An adorable book about a boy who moves to a new place and begins a new mission, of making an amazing chocolate cream filled donut. This adventure brings him surprising joy along the way, making a true friend, letting go of an old friend (and trying to figure out if he was genuine), relationships with family members and people around town. It’s a sweet story of small town characters and accomplishing a mission. There were a couple of things that kind of bugged me the whole time - really-neither o ...more
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Middle-grade readers and teachers; anyone who likes to cook and/or read about delicious food!
Tristan’s family moves from bustling N.Y.C. to Petersville, a town so small that it only has one street. The one thing it used to be famous for was the General Store’s chocolate-cream doughnuts, which the owner no longer makes. If Tris can get that recipe and begin a new doughnut business in Petersville, life just might become more bearable. After all, “everything is less terrible with doughnuts”, of course!
(Opening line)-“It started off like any normal Saturday, with Jeanine, Zoe and me flippin
Julie Esanu
Great book for bakers and budding entrepreneurs...
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This was very cute! I could definitely see some young reluctant readers enjoying this. The story starts with eleven-year-old Tristan (or Tris for short) moving out of his beloved New York City to small town in the upstate. He and his siblings are completely miserable, until one day Tris discovers that the small town once gained huge popularity over a chocolate cream doughnut recipe. However Winnie, the creator of the life-changing doughnut, no longer makes them because of the hassle. Tris sets o ...more
Elza Kinde
When Tristan's family moves from New York to the middle-of-nowhere town of Petersville, it seems as though everything's changing for the worse. Their new house is haunted, there are no restaurants, and there's nothing to do until school starts. But when Tristan stumbles across rumors of the town's famous life-changing doughnuts, he believes he's found a way to make a change for the better. All he has to do is earn the recipe.

As a person who grew up on Food Network and Martha Stewart magazines, I
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received a digital ARC of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Tristan and his family have just moved from the big city to the small town of Petersville where his friends and his basketball dreams aren't. Luckily, this small town has one perk, its donuts, or it used to. Now Tristan takes up the mantel of bringing the once-famed chocolate cream doughnut back to Petersville! With the help of his brilliant mathematician sister, and his aimless dad, Tristan learns the happiness th
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"The Doughnut Fix" is Jessie Janowitz's first book!

Jessie grew up in New York City and still lives there with her family.

Her debut middle grade novel THE DOUGHNUT FIX was a 2018 Cybils finalist, a Spring 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection, an Amazon Best Book of the Month (Apr 2018), and received a starred review from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. The sequel, THE DOUGHNUT KING

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