Recipe for Disaster

Maureen Fergus

Francie's life was almost perfect before the new girl showed up. She had her own business as a weekend baker whose scones almost caused stampedes, a best friend named Holly and a deeply fulfilling crush on Tate Jarvis. She dreamed about the day she'd be famous and have her own baking show. But the new girl at school, Darlene, thinks Francie's obsession with baking is weird, she acts like Holly is her best friend, and she's somehow managed to steal Tate's attention away. Suddenly, everything is unravelling. Unable to stay focused, Francie's pastry-filled dreams are starting to slide.

Then Francie gets a chance to meet the sexy celebrity baker Lorenzo LaRue, whose toned pectorals inspire Francie as much as the baking tips she picks up from his TV show. Francie is sure that if Lorenzo could only see how passionate she is about baking, he would help launch her career, and possibly marry her when she reaches legal age. It won't be easy - but Francie is starting to understand that although trying won't guarantee success, quitting will guarantee failure. Young readers will gobble up this hilarious exploration of a girl's recipes for friendship, dating, fame and coconut-drop cookies.

978-1-55453-320-6 | Sep 1, 2009
List Price: USD $8.95, CAD $8.95
BW 5 1/4 x 7 7/8 256 pages
Grades: 5 To 9 / Ages: 10 to 14

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Awards & Reviews

“... Fergus has written a character-rich novel about teen talents and ambitions, peer pressure, friendship, and priorities ...”
— Booklist, August 2009
“... this breezy, appealing read covers personal growth, the sacrifices of friendship, and the mistakes made along the way.”
— School Library Journal, September 2009
2010 - McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award, Manitoba Writers' Guild, Short-listed

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