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“Enticing and enthralling.” –Jewell Parker Rhodes

From debut author Janae Marks comes a captivating mystery full of heart, as one courageous girl questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right—even in the face of great opposition. A perfect book for fans of Front Desk and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook!

Zoe Washington isn’t sure
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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 Rajurkar
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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Afoma Umesi
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVE LOVE LOVE. MORE TO COME.
Laura (bbliophile)
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one a lot! Full review to come.
Christina
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So sweet and lovely. My 9yo says this is in her top 2 😍
Books4life12
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of this book and could not recommend it more highly. The story is both well-written and engaging, certain to capture the attention of middle-school-aged readers. While the story of Zoe's friendship drama and baking dreams is fun and interesting, what will really interest readers is sure to be the story of Zoe's father, a man who's been in prison her whole life. This book is a great starting off point for discussion about the justice system in Americ ...more
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. She has an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Writing for Children and Young Adults from The New School. FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON is her debut middle grade novel. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter. ...more