The Secret Ingredient
By Laura Schaefer
(Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, Hardcover, 9781442419599, 230pp.)
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
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It’s nearing the end of summer before ninth grade and Annie has been busy working as a barista at her grandmother's teashop, Th Steeping Leaf. In between serving up chai lattes and matcha frappes, Annie has gotten involved in a scone bakeoff with one of Louisa's tea suppliers. The winner gets an all-expenses paid trip to London for a tea vacation! Annie The competition is tough and sabatoge is in the air when suddenly Annie's food blog begins attracting mean comments. Then there's the whole matter of a stolen kiss with Zach Anderson in the Steeping Leaf stockroom. Could Annie's former sworn enemy become her current love interest? With the help of her two best friends, Genna and Zoe, can Annie come up with an awesome contest entry and sort out her love life before the end of the summer?
"some wise lessons about life, love, friendship and honest achievement."- KIRKUS REVIEWS
"a cozy story steeped in tea history, memorabilia, and recipes layered with bits of archival advertising and tea quotes." -School Library Journal
"...the rich descriptions of delicious treats and tea, along with the message about locally
sourced ingredients, will draw young foodies. Recipes and blog posts punctuate this squeaky-clean read."--BOOKLIST