The Great Cookie War

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Beth's predictable life in her Mennonite family is disrupted by a cross-border cookie war!

Life in her traditional Mennonite community is peaceful, if a little dull, for twelve-year-old Beth who dreams of being an artist. She goes to school, helps with the cooking and cleaning at home, and works with her parents at the local farmer’s market. One Saturday, however, excitement shows up in the form of a determined lawyer from New York City who insists she needs a family cookie recipe to win a multi-million-dollar lawsuit. Beth’s parents are bemused, but her grandmother is equally determined that the recipe will not leave her kitchen. As she tries to balance her love for her family and her faith with the promises of adventure New York could bring to her future, Beth learns that she is stronger than she believes. And sometimes, adventures happen close to home.

Praise & Recognition

"A delightfully charming, wonderfully entertaining, and fully original story for children ages 9-12." MBR: Children's Bookwatch
Beth is a character many tweens will relate to as she wrestles with who she in inside and where she wants her life to take her. School Library Journal
There are many thought-provoking issues addressed in The Great Cookie War ... in the end, Beth realizes what is important to her: “I was proud to come from a family that could not be bought, no matter how much they needed money.” CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Young readers will get an entertaining glimpse into a different culture. The Calgary Herald

Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens, Spring 2022 2022 - Commended

Details

Publication Date: April 6, 2021

Reading Age: 9 - 12

Genre: Children's Fiction, Middle Grade

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 144

ISBN: 978-1-77260-173-2

Caroline Stellings

About the Author

Caroline Stellings

Caroline Stellings is an award-winning author and illustrator. Her first book in the Nicki Haddon Mystery series was The Scratch on the Ming Vase. Her book The Contest, part of the Gutsy Girl series, won the 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Award and was a finalist for the 2010/11 Hackmatack prize. Besides her many books for children and young adults, she is also the writer of The Nancy Drew Crookbook, a long running series in The Sleuth magazine. She lives in Waterdown, Ontario.
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