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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  446 ratings  ·  119 reviews

Frankie knows she’ll be in big trouble if Dad discovers she secretly posted a dating profile for him online. But she’s determined to find him a wife, even if she ends up grounded for life. Frankie wants what she had before Mom died. A family of three. Two is a pair of socks or the wheels on a bicycle or a busy weekend at the B&B wh
Published January 30th 2018 by Scholastic
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Victoria Coe
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Just one look at this scrumptious cover and you know SMART COOKIE is going to be a heartwarming, fun, and delicious read! 11-year-old Frankie Greene is a lovable, vulnerable, good-hearted, active protagonist that you can't help but fall in love with. From her endearing friendship with BFF Elliot who is determined to prove a ghost is haunting her family's B&B, to her beloved relationship with her Gram who seems to be
Michele Knott
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've come to learn that when you finish books by Elly Swartz, you hold them close to your heart and hug them.
Another heartwarming story with characters that stick with you long after you close the book.
mindful.librarian ☀️
Thanks to the author for sharing an ARC of this title with @kidlitexchange - all opinions are my own.

SMART COOKIE is a sweet story of a 6th grade girl trying to make her family whole again, while simultaneously chasing ghosts and baking up batches and batches of cookies in her family's bed and breakfast. What I love most about this story is that it is about a 6th grader, but it is completely appropriate for students all the way down through 3rd grade. I would even give this to a high-level read
S.M. Parker
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful, funny, endearing novel and I was so sad for it to end. Swartz is masterful at creating a lovable MC and a full, rich family (this book is all about filling the holes in that family). Swartz normalizes the issues so many families deal with--in particular grief, OCD, hoarding, new love, friendships) and this book will help so many kids to accept themselves, and the ones they love. I became a huge fan of Swartz with her debut FINDING PERFECT and this MG sophomore effort is as c ...more
Rachel Yoder
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ms-books
Heart-warming! I loved Frankie and her family.
Franki Sibberson
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perfect for middle grade readers. Blog review here-- ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Elly has done it again. A tremendous story of Frankie, Elliott, Jessica and a whole cast of unforgettable characters. All of them trying to find what a true family actually is. Loved every page. So excited to share with my class next school year.
Christina Carter
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-excursion
Frankie’s dad owns and operates the Greene Family B&B, the place that they call home. The guest rooms are board game themed and include a Yahtzee room, Checkers & Chess, Monopoly, Connect 4, and Clue to name a few. Guests arrive for check-in at 4:00 to the smell of warm, fresh-baked cookies. A delicious way to be greeted indeed.

Frankie is a big part of the team and though it means the world to her to be by her dad’s side, she longs to have a mom so that her family might once more feel complete.
Pam  Page
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic story and when it ended I was not ready to leave the characters behind! I loved the B&B setting of the story, the issues that arose as the story progressed, and the way Elly Swartz created so many questions about what was really happening (almost mystery-like at times). The issues in the story are all too real in many families and will help so many children know that others face the same obstacles. There is also humor to keep the story from becoming too heavy for middle grad ...more
Amber K.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So engaging with an awesome female protagonist that is a great role model for preteen girls! I loved meeting Frankie and getting to know her world at the B&B with her dad and Gram. I adored how confident Frankie was and how sure of herself she was with other kids her age.

I could just picture all of the characters and the inn - it made me think of a town like Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls! I most definitely agree that Molly from Finding Perfect would be great friends with Frankie!
Paul  Hankins
The author of FINDING PERFECT is back with a new book at the beginning of a new reading year. And, Elly does not disappoint. Frankie is an endearing character whose good intentions often find her chasing ghosts, breaking into homes and spaces not her own, meddling in the private affairs of those close to her, and hanging around in cemeteries.

How's this for the presentation of a character you would WANT your middle grade readers to know?

Frankie and her best friend (ready at Code Red Hot Chili P
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to read an ARC of this middle grade novel through my #BookRelays group. As a big fan of Finding Perfect, I was really excited to read Smart Cookie. And I was not disappointed! This book also had the authentic voice of a sixth grade girl dealing emotionally with missing her mother (who had passed away seven years earlier), wishing her father would find someone new to fill the hole in their family, and trying to negotiate the tumultuous world of middle school relationships an ...more
Stacy Mozer
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Frankie lives with her dad and her grandmother in a bed & breakfast. Her job is to make sure their guests have fresh cookies to eat at night. When people stop coming to the bed & breakfast because of rumors of ghosts, Frankie and her friend Elliott set out to investigate. As they learn more about the ghosts and the history of the bed & breakfast, Frankie is also working on a school project with her old best friend turned enemy, and did I mention that she is trying to find herself a new mom? This ...more
S.A. Larsen
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet, endearing tale! This book will soften your heart and make it all sorts of squishy. I enjoyed following these characters as each strives to find what family truly means. Losing a member of a family always leaves a giant hole that no one else can fill. But healing can happen, and it was wonderful watching Frankie find that. She's headstrong and confident, which was great considering that she's lost her mom. She's also funny. I loved the mingling of her quest to setup her dad with 'a ...more
Jenn Bishop
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this sweet story about Frankie and her attempt to complete her family. Swartz brings this small VT town and the bed & breakfast experience to life in her second book for middle grade readers. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one will relate to Frankie's yearning for a connection with her deceased mother, as well as her efforts to fill that hole in her family. A heartwarming novel. ...more
Lorie Barber
I received an ARC this delightful mystery from the author. Frankie and her dad are running the bed & breakfast they bought after her mom died. It's Frankie's wish to have a family of three again, so she sets out to do so in an unconventional way. Also in the mix is a shady character who has a dislike for her dad & the B&B (but no one knows why), Frankie's former BFF Jess who is not speaking to her, and a secret Frankie's dad is hiding from her.

I wasn't expecting this book to have such a mystery
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Family secrets and recipes make this one sweet story! Frankie's mom died when she was 4 and she decides she wants her dad to meet someone who would make them a family of 3 again. She sets up an online dating profile and compiles a list of Possibles who never seem to fit the bill. Meanwhile her dad is busy running a B&B that is losing business because there are rumors it is haunted. This has Frankie wondering if her mom could be a ghost, so she begins writing her letters for advice. And then we h ...more
Ashleigh Rose
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a heart-warming tale of what family really means and how it holds us all. With a solid dose of nostalgic mystery- and adventure-seeking to boot!
Amy Jacobs
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet and endearing story. Frankie was a great character to read about and all the little hiccups on her journey made it something to remember after you finish the last page. I can't wait to read more books by author Elly Swartz.
Ms. Yingling
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Public library copy

Frankie's mother was killed in a car accident when she was four, and even though she has a supportive father who runs a bed and breakfast and a live in grandmother, she feels that her family isn't complete. With the help of friend and next door neighbor, Elliot, she sets up a dating profile for her father and arranges for likely candidates to visit the bed and breakfast. She's able to hide what she's doing because her busy dad always figures that the women are customers and Fr
S.M. Boren
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reader copy of Smart Cookie by Elly Swartz through #kidlitexchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

When I saw the cover of Smart Cookie by Elly Swartz it screamed at me heartwarming and delicious, and it did not disappoint me! This book was a sugar buffet of discovering family orientation and the values of a friendship narrated by a sixth grade girl. Frankie Mae Greene lives in a bed and breakfast with her father and grandmother and with the Winter Family Parade qui
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is bursting with adorable.

Frankie is a feisty preteen who lives with her dad and Gram in a B & B that they run as a family. Although she misses her mother deeply (she communicates with her through almost daily letters) she’s determined to find her father a new bride.

This adventure leads to a possible ghost hunt, questions about secrets her dad and Gram may be hiding, and general mischief that coincide with Frankie rediscovering an old friend in need.

Her voice is spunky and endearing.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jill Diamond
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Frankie is sweet, spunky, and one smart cookie! Elly Swartz's second novel is a lovely story of friendship and family with a good dash of mystery and intrigue. Readers will route for Frankie, her ghost-hunting best friend Elliot, Frankie's B&B-owning Dad, and Gram, Frankie's warm grandmother with a lot of stuff and a knack for cookie-making. SMART COOKIE is a wonderful, heartwarming book that is sure to be loved by many a MG reader! ...more
Wendy MacKnight
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read
Frankie’s got a lot going on: she’s part-time cookie maker for the family’s b&b, she needs to find her widowed dad a new wife, and she needs to help grandma, whose hoarding tendencies are off the chain. Add in a threat to the family business and having to do a project with a firmer friend who’s mad at the world, it all seems too much. But Frankie has plans for everything... delightful heartfelt story by a master storyteller! ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming story about loss, love - and the importance of friends and family during trying times. Readers will fall in love with the plucky heroine, Frankie, and her ghost-obsessed BFF, Elliot. A wonderful, pitch-perfect novel for MG readers. Highly recommended!
Mary Thomas
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book, like Elly's first, is a gem. Frankie and her partner in crime Elliot have their own secret operations going on. Frankie's is to find her dad a new wife, and Elliot's is to crack the mystery of the ghost that haunts Frankie's family's Bnb. As Frankie gets deeper into her operation, she realizes that both her Gram and her Dad may have secrets of their own.

I loved Frankie's spunk and spirit in this one! The entire cast of characters was amazing. It's one of those books where you actuall
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eleven year old Frankie is a very memorable character that makes you feel it all! Whether you’re hoping she finds what she wants, trying to understand how to navigate school and friendships at that age or dealing with mental health issues, “Smart Cookie” is it! I was cheering for Frankie and cried for Frankie. Thank you, Elly, for another beautiful piece of work that makes you want to just hold it close when you’re done. Grab a copy on January 30th!
Julie Jaeger
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What is a family? Frankie discovers that her family was never really broken in this touching middle grade novel.

Giggles? Check. Tears? Check. “Awe...” moments? Check.

Elly Swartz builds a beautiful, well developed set of lovable characters. A must read!
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Slightly bittersweet, a little funny - this is a lovely middle grade book about a family that is still coping with the loss of the mother, as well as all the issues of real life - a struggling B&B, new relationships, a grandmother with mysterious actions, quirky best friends and fresh cookies. Be warned - you will want to have fresh cookies on hand! ...more
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Elly Swartz loves writing for kids, Twizzlers, and anything with her family. Her debut novel, FINDING PERFECT (FSG 2016) is about twelve-year-old Molly, friendship, family, OCD, and a slam poetry competition that will determine everything. In her second book, SMART COOKIE (Scholastic, 2018), you meet the spunky and big-hearted Frankie. Frankie’s all about family with a dash of mischief and mystery ...more

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