The Secret Ingredient

The Secret Ingredient

By Laura Schaefer

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, Paperback, 9781442419605, 230pp.

Publication Date: June 26, 2012


Annie juggles sabotage and summer romance in this refreshing follow-up to The Teashop Girls that includes recipes for tea-related treats!

It’s the summer before ninth grade, and Annie has been working hard at the Steeping Leaf, which has been busier than ever. And Annie’s involved in a huge scone cook-off with one of Louisa’s tea suppliers that could mean an all-expenses paid trip to London! But competition is tough, and Annie suspects sabotage when some mean comments show up on her blog. Then there’s the whole matter of a stolen kiss with Zach Anderson in the Steeping Leaf stockroom…. 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?

     To sweeten the brew, Laura Schaefer has also included recipes for tea and tea-related treats along with lists and amusing quotes—the perfect accents to a great girl read!

About the Author
Laura Schaefer has been writing almost as long as she's been making tea. She got her start as a contributor to the University of Wisconsin's student paper, the "Daily Cardinal, " and went on to write regularly for the "Princeton Review" and She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she can usually be found dancing the lindy hop. Her favorite type of tea is English Breakfast with lots of milk and sugar. Visit her online at

Praise For The Secret Ingredient

"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