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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  6,024 ratings  ·  525 reviews
Bailey, who is usually so nice, Bailey, my neighbor, my friend, my buddy, my pal for my whole life, knowing me better than anybody, that Bailey, that Bailey I am so mad at right now, that Bailey, I hate him today.

Twelve-year-old Rosie and her best friend, Bailey, don't always get along, that's true. But Granny Torrelli seems to know just how to make things right again wit
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published July 29th 2003)
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Malbadeen
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
could i put a bazillion kids books on here? yes. do I? no.
you're welcome.
But Sharon Creech is worth pointing out.
Her books are diverse in style and kick ass in story but mostly I love that she respects kids enough to speak in ways that are less than orthodox for kids books.
I LOVE that she writes in away that teachers would be mortified to see their kids write.
I LOVE that while teachers are beating their kids over the head with the lame-ass "First, Then, Next, Finally" format and "Topic Sentence,
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(NS) Brea M
Nov 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the book, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Sharon Creech offers a story of strong characters and meaningful relationships through good old fashion cooking. Rosie is a high spirited 12 year old with a best friend Bailey. The two grew up next to each other and did everything the same until it was time to go to school. That’s when Rosie realized Bailey was different, he was blind. Rosie’s attempt to help Bailey anyway possible, at times gets a bit overwhelming to him. When Rosie gets upset with Baile ...more
Hannah Jayne
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can’t, he says. I’m making meatballs. I thought you were helping.

What a trip this was. Super cute. Endearing. Unexpectedly sad. Oh no. More sad. Cute. Happy. Oh wait there’s more — wow, so cute. So real. So peaceful. Cute.

Granny Torrelli, solving everyone’s problems with not so subtle parallels and good ol soup and pasta. il.

“my friend, my buddy, my pal”
“your buddy, your pal?”
“my buddy, my pal, my friend”
^how much this got used is the actual best
Kris Patrick
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
When a group of 4th grade girls ask you to read a book with them even though you've already read it. Well... you do. Still a Sharon Creech fan.
Danielle
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I listened to "Granny Torrelli Makes Soup" and truly enjoyed it. This story features Granny Torrelli (an excellent zuppa, or soup maker), twelve-year old Rosie and her neighbor, Bailey. The friendship of Rosie and Bailey has its ups and downs. Rosie can change from good friend to sassy girl to ice queen in a matter of seconds. Bailey bounces through his reactions to Rosie and plows through his own challenges as a young blind boy. Through it all, Granny T. tells stories, makes the two friends lau ...more
Brianna Hernandez
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was a really good book and I hope all of you are able to read it it's about a girl named Rosie and her best friend Bailey but the bad thing about everything is that Bailey is blind and there are a lot of things that start to change their friendship and there is a big surprise at the end so I think you should read Granny Torrelli Makes Soup and find out what happens.
Bea Haase
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the only books that I had to read for school and enjoyed!

xoxo,
Bebe
Rachel G
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup


The book I read for my book review was Granny Torrelli Makes Soup. The story is funny, heartwarming, and deserves a five star rating. I strongly recommend this book to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders because the story is about two life long friends, Rosie and Bailey, who are learning to deal with issues in their friendship. The story also involves Granny Torrelli, who helps her granddaughter Rosie, and Bailey ‘’Boy’’ learn how to resolve their issues when she
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Gwynette Koch
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda Harris
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rosie gets some great advice, from her granny Torrelli, about life in general, but more specifically about her best buddy/pal Bailey-the boy who lives next door. Bailey and Rosie have literally grown up together and have been separable ever since. Bailey developed a condition early on that left him blind, making Rosie feel like she wants to protect Bailey. Now that they are older, Rosie realizes that her feelings for Bailey are more than just friends, however, she is unsure of herself and where ...more
Terryann
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, in2books
Questions and disucssion for my penpal:

Did you like Granny Torrelli Makes Soup? I liked it a lot. I especially liked the way that Rosie describes her feelings. Sometimes she is a tiger girl and sometimes an ice queen or sly fox. Some of my feelings are fierce like a bear, or sneaky like a snake or hard like stone. I also liked the way that Granny Torrelli imagines her family having a big pasta party in the sky. I think that is a nice way of thinking about your family members after they are gone.
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Tychrishia
Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the wise grand mother granny torrelli. Her ganddaghter
was named rose. her best friend was blind at the age of four
his name was baily.Baily an rosi was raised next door to each other.
They were like brother an sister.
And they were the same age, 12 yers old but baily was one mounth born after rosi. But when it came to school were Rosie had a fit over her best friend, it was
time for granny torrelli to solve the problem.If you were blind
would you like to go to the same school as your bff
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Catherine Craig
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. Rosie (whose point of view the story is told from) is funny, loving, and a good granddaughter. She makes soup with her Granny Torelli while her granny tells her about her childhood in Italy. Rosie also makes pasta with Granny T. and her best friend Bailey. I found it fun to read this book despite how short the chapters were.
Sophfronia Scott
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Tain says, "Mama, you've got to read this!" I do. His recommendations are rare and always on target. He brought this home for me and I read it in one sitting. Yet again Tain is right on the money. This brought me to tears. It's the story of a 12-year-old girl, Rosie, and her friend, a boy named Bailey. They've been friends from babyhood, but they're getting older and new feelings Rosie doesn't understand are making things difficult. Her grandmother, while making soup with Rosie, and then pa ...more
Beth
Aug 24, 2008 rated it liked it
I wasn't diggin' this book in the beginning, but once I got about half-way through and started to develop some empathy towards the characters, I really enjoyed this book from then on. I think the characters of Rosie, Granny Torrelli and Bailey are what make this book so endearing. I wasn't crazy about the style of the writing, but the actual story and development of the characters I thought was really sweet and easy to relate to.
Cristi-Lael
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
The first time I read this, I read it by myself and I gave it four stars. This time I read it with my girls and that enhanced the experience greatly. Turned a good book into a great book. I loved it so much more this time, and that's saying something because I liked it a whole lot when I read it last time.
Ann
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I remember reading this book in my book club (in 5th grade). It was a pretty good book that all of the members of our book club liked. We thought that this book had so many hidden themes that could change the thought of children and adults. The character were all so cool and unique, especially Granny Torrelli. I recommend this book to you!!!
I thought that this book was certainly imaginative!
Addison Zizkovsky
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
l like this book Granny Torrelli makes soup. It is about a girl named Rosie and a boy that is named Bailey and he is blind. In the beginning, they are in a fight and Granny Torrelli wants to help by making soup. When Granny Torrelli makes soup she tells stories to Rosie and Bailey be friends again.
Brycen
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a very fast read for me. It was really two books in one about the same people. The way Sharon Creech made the book was confusion. The way the characters talk is there is no quotation marks. It's italicized. It was a fun little book to read.
Wendy
Read this for our elementary school's Battle of the Books. It is a cute story about friendship and family all connected by Grandma Torrelli's soup and pasta. A heartwarming story.
haley
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Read for 5th grade English
Pilar
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
i thought this book was sad book because it is about a boy who is blind and his friend that is a girl tries to help him.
Chloe Pearl
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Good. It plays with emotions, because you're not sure if Bailey's good or if he's bad. Sharon Creech is my third favorite author.
Sarah
Grandma torrelli passes on life and love wisdom to Rosie through storytelling as they cook Italian food together.
Yoonmee
May 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
An easy read, probably great for reluctant readers. I loved this book. Heck, I even teared up a bit while reading it. A wonderful book about family and friendship.
Galion Public Library Teens
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Review by C.H.: "Great. When the girl has friend, the friend leaves for a long time and comes back and spent friends."
Bailey Turner
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Granny Torrelli is a great book it is about a girl and her best friend bailey and Rosies granny torrelli and when Rosie and Bailey get in fights granny torrelli always can figure out a way to help them solve the problem by telling them a story of her past and when a girl named Janine comes along she causes more problems between them like jeolousey and granny torrelli teaches you lessons i would reccomend it for people who like short reads and books with sassy characters and a little bit of drama ...more
Channing Croom
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought granny t was a really interesting book about friendship and kindness. you should read granny t because maybe it would show you a lesson about it too.
Jameesha Little
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Granny T is about a girl named Rosie and Bailey are best friends since they were little they have always lived next door to each other but some trouble happened. It is a really good book
Lillian Weigand
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book with my class. It was very enjoyable. There were lots of funny parts. This book is about two friends named Rosie and Bailey and they have been best friends since they were babies. Bailey is also blind. At the beginning of the story, Rosie and Bailey were in a fight. They were in a fight because Rosie wanted to learn Braille, but Bailey got mad because he didn't want her to know braille because he felt proud that he could do something on his own. Bailey and Rosi ...more
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I was born in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and grew up there with my noisy and rowdy family: my parents (Ann and Arvel), my sister (Sandy), and my three brothers (Dennis, Doug and Tom).
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“My granny Torrelli says when you are angry with someone, so angry you are thinking hateful things, so angry maybe you want to punch them, then you should think of the good things about them, and the nice things they've said, and why you liked them in the first place.” 17 likes
“I pretended he was my brother, only he was better than a brother because I chose him and he chose me.

—Rosie”
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