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Unaware that her incarcerated father has been writing her letters every year on her birthday, Zoe Washington intercepts the mail upon turning 12. After beginning a secret correspondence with the help of her grandmother, Zoe realizes that not only is the man she's never met kind and caring, but he may be innocent of his crime.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Tanya
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to read this pitch perfect debut, by Janae Marks. Zoe is the kind of protagonist I love in middle grade books—ambitious, curious, strong—what I would describe as a take-charge kinda gal. She loves baking, which, hello, makes her the kind of kid I would have loved to be friends with in middle school. Not only does she love to bake, but she dreams of joining a junior baking competition, so that one day she can become a professional pastry chef. But her ...more
Kate O'Shaughnessy
Wow. Wow.

I LOVED this book!

Budding 12-year-old pastry chef Zoe Washington receives a letter on her birthday from her incarcerated father, Marcus... and it's the first time she's ever heard from him. He's in jail for a violent crime, but as Zoe continues to correspond with him, she starts to wonder if he might actually be innocent after all.

This book is about love, the highs and lows of friendship, baking (be ready to have intense cupcake cravings), complex family relationships, and the importanc
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Shannon Doleski
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh I got to read this book before its release date, and it is lovely, lovely, lovely.
This book is two books in one - it is both a fun, sweet story of a girl who takes charge of her baking dream and a necessary, tough look at our justice system. Marks balances both expertly. Zoe is a little force and a terrific middle grade narrator. I loved her best when she was defying her parents. I think readers will too ;)
Listen you might be tempted to eat all the sweets while you read. And it's got a bangi
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Anuradha D. Rajurkar
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wndb
I read an early copy of this powerful debut, and I can't recommend it highly enough! The writing is clear and impactful, the characterization is pitch-perfect, and both plotting and premise make for a captivating read. I am blown away by this story.

Middle-school protagonist Zoe lives happily with her mother and stepfather, loves to bake, and dreams of being on a kids baking competition show. On her twelfth birthday, she receives a letter in the mail from Marcus, the biological father she's never
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Tanita S.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EXCEPTIONAL. What a privilege to get to be an early reader!
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Janae Marks is an award-winning children's book author living in New England. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is the author of FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON (HarperCollins Katherine Tegen Books + Chicken House Books, 2020) and is represented by Alexander Slater at Trident ...more