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The Teashop Girls (Teashop Girls #1)

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The Official Rules of the Teashop Girls

1. Teashop girls are best friends forever.
2. Tea is held every week, no matter what.
3. All tea and scones must be split equally at all times.

Annie, Genna, and Zoe have been hanging out at the Steeping Leaf since elementary school. The Teashop Girls do everything together -- at least they used to. With the end of eighth grade appro
Paperback, 250 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (first published December 30th 2008)
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I really wanted to love this book. The premise sounded really cute and totally my "cup of tea" ;-) I loooove tea. I loved my grandparents. I helped out my family in their home business as I was growing-up. So, I was all prepared to love the story of Annie Green, 8th grader, tea fanatic, and newest employee at her grandmother's teashop. I mean, you don't see a lot of books about 13 year olds who enjoy sipping tea out of dainty china cups, spending time with their grandma, and could tell you the d
Oct 07, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon-vine
Is it possible to fall in love with a book? If it is, The Teashop Girls (2008 ) by Laura Schaefer, with illustrations by Sujean Rim, now holds my heart. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, especially since I am not actually much of a tea drinker, but as soon as I saw the cover and the illustration of The Steeping Leaf I knew this book would have my undying devotion. I know I keep banging readers over the head with what I'm trying to point out with my Chick Lit Wednesday Reviews, but rea ...more
I love the idea of a book centered around a tea shop! The tea quotes and old adverts were included in all or most of the chapters were delightful! And, I love tea :)
But for me this book just fell kinda flat. There were a lot of plots going on ... Perhaps too many... But none felt developed enough, like there wasn't enough prep or resolution, so instead the whole book felt the same chapter after chapter. And by the end I didn't really feel like anything was much different from where it started.

Nov 23, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One Sentence Reviews: I usually don't gravitate towards the girly girl books, but this was one of the more enjoyable (and delicious) titles I had the pleasure to discover late in the year.
Aug 16, 2012 Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It was amazing I loved reading it. I wish the Steeping Leaf was real! Want to try tea now! Loved that there was recipes at the end of some of the chapters.
Feb 08, 2014 QNPoohBear rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grades

Soon-to-be-fourteen-year-old Annie loves hanging out at her grandmother Louisa's beautiful, old-fashioned tea shop. It's cozy and familiar and makes Annie happy, especially when she remembers how she and her two best friends Genna and Zoe, used to hang out every day sipping tea. They loved the ritual and the history of tea. They were inseparable and called themselves the Teashop girls. Now with high school fast approaching, Gen is busy chasing boys and doing theater and Zoe is obsessed with tenn
Jan 27, 2010 melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was so refreshing. With all the dystopian and vampire stories that are out there (I have read quite a few myself, not dissing nothin‘!), it is nice to have a sweet plot line. I like the writing, because it is set at an age that could come across as very whiny, angst-y and self absorbed. And although she had typical teen stuff to deal with, it never felt that way. It is set at an age where you feel like you can take on the world, and that came across very well.

A thought came
Jun 17, 2013 Rifda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
SELESAI! \(^0^)/

Nggak paham kenapa sempet ngadet baca buku ini, padahal bukunya manis banget. Sepertinya aku mulai suka buku-buku remaja-nya teen@noura, rasanya beda sama buku-buku ala teenlit atau metropop.

Kalau dibanding buku-buku 'yang ngakunya ditujukan untuk remaja' di luar sana, kayaknya lini teen@noura ini benar-benar 'remaja'. Masa-masa SMP gitu, peralihan dari anak kecil ke dewasa, ketika persahabatan diuji. halah! Pokoknya kalau aku sih lebih suka baca buku 'remaja' yang nggak fokus di
Apr 23, 2012 Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Begitu lihat cover buku ini, langsung suka (maklumlah, aku masih jenis org yg menilai buku dari covernya): gadis brindil berambut merah (mengingatkanku pada Anne of Green Gables) membawa nampan berisi poci teh yang lucu dengan motif polkadot dan kue-kue kecil. Pemeran utama di buku ini pun namanya hampir mirip, yaitu Annie Green.

Kalo di Anne of Green Gables, si Anne adalah anak lincah, ceria dan tidak bisa diam. Yang ada dibayanganku dia seperti di lagunya Vina Panduwinata (Kumpul Bocah) dimana
Feb 26, 2009 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best friends Annie, Genna, and Zoe have done everything together since forever, or at least, they used to. But now that they’re almost graduating middle school, the Teashop Girls seem to be growing apart since Zoe is always at tennis and Genna is busy with theatrical productions. Feeling a little left out, Annie decides to start working at her grandmother’s teashop, The Steeping Lead, the old hangout of the Teashop Girls. But happiness over her newfound independence and proximity to her super cu ...more
Feb 11, 2009 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Earlier this week, I finsihed reading The Teashop Girls b Laura Schaefer. This is just a lovely book in every way. It's perfectly formatted with black-and-white illustrations at the ends of the chapters, the tea-themed quotes at the beginnings. The tidbits concerning the history of tea and the proper way to drink tea, the old advertisements for different tea brands, it's all totally delightful. This book has kind of made me want to pick up one of Laura Childs' teashop mysteries, and I am not hea ...more
Stephanie A.
May 16, 2016 Stephanie A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A most darling story of a plucky 8th grader and her two best friends trying to save her awesome grandma's wonderful teashop from going out of business. This being Wisconsin and not the middle of England, it faces stiff competition from a new corporate coffee shop, but since it's a middle grade novel, odds are that it will have a shiny happy ending.

More importantly, what helps it stand out from other books are the delicious recipes, old tea ads, extra uses for tea and other things from the MC's
More middle grade than YA--if you like The Mother-Daughter Bookclub books, you will like this. Lots of value added: tea recipes, beauty tips (using tea), vintage tea ads, tea quotes, and so on. The delicate watercolor (only black and white) illustrations by Sujean Rim are perfect. A little pre-teen romance that perhaps doesn't turn out the way you expected, the book is really about friendship, how fragile it can be, and yet how strong. The Madison, Wisconsin setting is a real plus for me, since ...more
May 23, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book, The Teashop Girls, was a very entertaining and sweet book about friendship, change, and traditions. I liked the overall plot, the characters, the theme, and how the story included many fun facts about tea. I enjoyed that the plot made sense, was believable, and wasn’t too over the top. The plot was about how the characters, Annie, Genna, and Zoe, used to be a part of a group called the Teashop Girls and as children, they would play and have tea at Annie’s grandmother’s tea shop. But, ...more
May 04, 2013 Uci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Syukurlah ada teh. Apa yang terjadi jika dunia ini tanpa teh? Bagaimana mungkin dunia bisa ada? Aku senang aku tak terlahir sebelum teh - Sydney Smith

Buku yang ringan dan manis tentang persahabatan, masa puber, dan kesadaran generasi muda untuk menyelamatkan bisnis lokal dari serbuan bisnis waralaba yang serba seragam di seluruh dunia.

Ilustrasi-ilustrasi cantik di dalamnya jadi nilai plus buat novel ini :)

Reina Williams
Apr 13, 2014 Reina Williams rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
I enjoyed The Teashop Girls. It's a Tween/Early Teen fiction book (the heroine is thirteen)which can be enjoyed by adults as well. The relationships between Annie and her best friends, her grandmother Louisa, and her family are well-drawn and the characters are likeable. The setting (Madison, WI) made me want to visit there again, and the various recipes and tea-related pages were a fun addition, especially for this tea-lover. There are some subtle touches I appreciated, such as the behavior of ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Alaina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I live in Madison, so I could easily picture all of the places that were mentioned:)
A young-adult novel about friendship and tea — it's like this book was written for me! I saw this book last year at Barnes & Noble and loved the book jacket because it has photos of a teapot, cupcakes and cookies. The inside pages are filled with grayscale illustrations by Sujean Rim, whose work I always enjoy, and old tea adverts. There are also a lot of sidenotes about tea, mixed in with various tea recipes.

The story is about eighth-grader Annie Green whose love for tea stems from her gran
A light, cute read for middle-grade girls who are starting to feel the winds of change in the form of the teen years. Protagonist Annie has always spent most of her free time hanging out with her best friends Zoe & Genna in the teashop owned by her grandmother, aging hippie Louisa. She loves the atmosphere of the teashop as much as the tea itself, & the friends have always called themselves the "teashop girls." But change is definitely on the horizon: with eighth grade ending, Zoe & ...more
Aug 03, 2012 Hila rated it really liked it
The Steeping Leaf is Annie Green's favorite place to be. Ever since she was a child, she loved being in her grandmother's tea shop. It was like home to her. So at thirteen, and on the verge of being done with middle school, Annie decides she is mature enough to handle a job there. Her grandmother agrees, and Annie begins her barista days. Or day. Because her very first day of work, the power gets turned off, and soon after, the shop receives an eviction notice. It seems Annie's barista days will ...more
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 2/5/12:

My friends all know that when it comes to tea I can be a bit obsessed. I love to find different varieties to suit my moods and I've been known to drink more than one glass/cup a day. I'm quite partial to chai and iced black tea. I also think spending a day browsing through Teavana is a great way to spend an afternoon. Furthermore, in a geography course in graduate school, I did an entire presentation on tea. Yes, I kno
Sep 08, 2011 Shazzer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
As posted on Outside of a Dog:

This is a book that had me at hello. That is, it had me from its very pleasing book cover in complimentary pastel colors and promise of tea and cake. It has been a space of two and a half years, however, between that first glance and my chance to actually, you know, read the book. What I got was not exactly what I wanted, but it was a pleasant distraction for a day of lousy weather and a generally good read. Thirteen year old Annie has just taken a job as a barista
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Every once in awhile I read the younger teens books, the teashop girls is a book for younger readers, and while reading it I couldn’t help but cringe at how childish it was at times.

Annie and her two best friends Genna and Zoe have loved the teashop ever since they were little girls. Their grandmother owns a tea café called the steeping leaf in town. Annie and her best friends are always there. As they grew up Genna and Zoe have become busier and busier. Annie is the only one d
Drew Constance
Buzz Words: Teashop, Friendship, Crushes, Scones, Family, Barista, Drama.

I have had the Teashop Girls on my contemporary to be read shelf for some time. I do love a good historical fiction or a paranormal romance, but sometimes a girl just needs a good fluffy contemporary book to relax, unwind and to really get absorbed in without having to stress about damn cliff hangers or intense plot points. If you are looking for a clean, exciting and deliciously tempting read to break away from your usual
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
When Annie, Zoe and Genna were younger they declared themselves “The Teashop Girls” and vowed to be friends forever. Now that they’re in the eighth grade, they seem to drifting apart. Annie gets a job at her grandmother’s teashop, The Steeping Leaf and discovers it’s having financial difficulties and may have to close. Annie is heartbroken and calls The Teashop Girls together so they can come up with a plan of action to save the teashop, but is it too little, too late?

The Teashop Girls by Laura
This book is about a girl who has a grandmother who owns a teashop, and the grandmother, Louisa, hires the granddaughter, Annie to be the barista. Annie has 2 friends Zoey, who plays tennis, and Genna, who is really into acting and drawing, like me! The teashop keeps getting eviction notices because of unpaid bills. So thats when Annie met Jonathan. Annie thought Jonathan was soooo cute, but Gennna, thinks he is a jerk. He is trying to save the teashop, The Steeping Leaf, by chaning it into a c ...more
Patricia - Lady with Books
Nostalgia and cuteness was able to draw me in and The Teashop Girls is a sweet but predictable story. Everything turns out well in the end. The most interesting parts of the book were the interaction between the three girls, who come from very different backgrounds. I don’t really see how the three girls end up as friends in the first place, they are so different. Annie is middle class but her two friends Genna and Zoe are upper-class. Annie’s normality is at odds with Genna’s absent parents and ...more
May 29, 2011 Kasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it's a wonderful idea to write cozy books about tea for younger children, I grew up reading all sorts of tea books and manuals and it certainly made me love the beverage more than soda and other junky stuff that kids like to indulge in on daily basis. There is a certain warmth and hospitality that comes out when someone serves you tea, the heat and flavor resonate form inside out, bringing a feeling of wellness and calm. For those who like tea this will be a real gem, cute and full of in ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Annie and her two BFFs, Genna and Zoe, used to hang out at her grandmother's tea shop. Now, with the end of 8th grade drawing near, the friends are pulled in different directions.

Once nicknamed the Teashop girls, each has her own direction. Zoe's focused on tennis. Genna's focused on acting. Annie becomes focused on the shop once again.

She asks her grandmother for a job as a barista. Annie soaks up the atmosphere. She loves her job, especially as s
Jenn O'Brien
I stumbled across this book when it first came out. I went to an author reading at one of the local bookstores. Unfortunately, the book has been sitting in my To Be Read pile since that time. However, I discovered that chilly, rainy, wishing for spring to come weather is perfect for teashop reading.

This is a cute story for a middle school aged girl. It shows all the “you go girl” attitude that you would want in a spunky pre-teen. She has her aggravations of a typical tween - issues with growing
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Laura Schaefer is the author of The Secret Ingredient (Simon & Schuster 2011), The Teashop Girls (Simon & Schuster 2008), Why We Fall Out of Love (Planet Explorers Publishing 2012), and Ultimate Money-Saving Hacks for College Students (Planet Explorers Publishing 2012).

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