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The Doughnut Fix

(The Doughnut Fix #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,359 ratings  ·  237 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. ...more
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
Michele Knott
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is FUN. I laughed out loud and cheered for Tris the whole book. Looking forward to the sequel.
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
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,
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
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book! I loved the baking aspect and all the characters were super lovable. I like the fact that it has recipes in the back of the book too. I love the little small town aspect as well. Totally recommend.
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
Lisa Finke
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adorable, great story!
Lake Villa District Library
Jul 24, 2020 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lake Villa District Library by: Lora
Shelves: kids, middle-grade
Find this book in our catalog! ...more
Mid-Continent Public Library
I really, really love doughnuts, so this book was great fun to read. It was fascinating to see a NYC boy get transplanted to a little town like Petersville and discover the joys of rural life. Twelve-year-old Tris is not able to start school right away since it is mid-semester, so his parents require him to complete a project. After realizing the chocolate cream doughnut has not been seen in Petersville for quite some time he decides to bring it back with his baking skills. All he has to do is c ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rounded up from 4.5 stars.

A big thank you to Sourcebooks and Edelweiss for a digital ARC of this new middle grade novel.

I really, really love doughnuts, so this book was great fun to read. It was great fun to see a NYC boy get transplanted to a little town like Petersville and discover the joys of rural life. Twelve-year-old Tris is not able to start school right away since it is mid-semester, so his parents require him to complete a project. After realizing the chocolate cream doughnut has not
Watch Books
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok

Somehow lost the book with a couple of other netgalley downloads. Didnt care enough to try to get it back. ....Also have no clue why I am JUST getting around to writing this review.

Seemed ok, but I wasnt taken in by any of the characters or the storyline. Some stuff had me a little confused and annoyed.Honestly, I only got it because the cover. There were no donuts or racoons within the first couple chapters, so...yeah.
Kim Purcell
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to rave about this book. So funny. Such a fresh voice. If you're from NYC, it's placed in the city, but has so many unique interesting tidbits that illuminate the city in a way I've never read before. Also, if you or your kid likes baking, or making money, this is great. I'd honestly recommend it for any kid 5 and up, including adults. It's a perfect read-with-your-kid book. ...more
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. ...more
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. ...more
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. ...more
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! ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
For being YA, this book was so relatable! And just a cute story. Worth reading, definitely.
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...
Ms. B
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, childrens, mhl
A modern day Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing or Superfudge. Instead of Peter Hatcher and a couple of younger siblings including the unforgettable Fudge growing up in New York City, we have Tristan Levin and two younger sisters, Jeanine the overachiever gifted one and Zoe who is giving Fudge a run for his money as the most impossible sibling ever, moving away from New York City to a rural small town.
When Tris and Jeanine are unable to start school right away (view spoiler)
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
Jill Ramig
Tristan's family moves from NY City to a small, small town. Trying to find something to entertain himself he discovers that the town was once know for its chocolate filled doughnuts. Now Tristan has a mission to get the recipe and recreate the town's fame. Sweet and endearing, maybe small town life isn't so bad. ...more
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Update: just realized this was her debut novel. Very well-written! I would definitely read the sequel.

Really liked the book. The story line was entertaining and kept me wanting to pick up the book and read more. Also loved that all the recipes were printed in the book along with a lot of bonus material.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: liam-winners
My eight year old's first LONG book. I picked it because the name of the main character is the same as my partner, and eight year old's dad, and it's about DOUGHNUTS. It's also about moving away from the city, making a plan, then making a business plan, and doing what has to be done when you're part of a family that is also adjusting to small town life. ...more
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a fun book! Absolutely perfect for a young person who enjoys cooking or baking. A light read, but still explores themes of friendship and family relationships. Also includes math and business principles. Looking forward to trying the sequel.
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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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