Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Julia's Kitchen

Ferber, Brenda A. 2006. Julia's Kitchen.

There are not enough words to describe how much I loved Julia's Kitchen by Brenda A. Ferber. I enjoy much of what I read. I love many. But there are a few that touch my heart and I know that I'll always alwayslove. Julia's Kitchen is now one of them. It is the story of a young girl, Cara Segal, as she goes through a heartbreaking journey of grief and sorrow when her mother and sister die in a fire. When we first meet Cara she is happy and carefree. Having stayed overnight at a friend's house she is unaware that her life is forever changed. One phone call changes everything. Suddenly a happy family of four is a confused and grief-stricken family of two. Having been her mother's pet, the two liked to bake together, she is struggling trying to connect with her father emotionally. Her mother, Julia, owned her own catering business "Julia's Kitchen" and Cara loved helping her mother. Now she's vowed never to eat another dessert. Cara's journey of how she learns to live again, love again, believe in God again, and yes, even bake chocolate chip cookies again is unforgettably touching. And there is even a recipe for those cookies in the book!

Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner 2007

VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2006

Junior Library Guild Selection 2006



Anonymous said...

Wow, Becky! Thanks for this lovely review. I'm so glad my book touched your heart. And I appreciate you blogging about it!

Brenda Ferber

Anonymous said...

hey Becky! I read the book u recommended and tried the cookies as well, it was delicious! haha :)

bornin1998 said...

Wow. that book was wonderful. I agree with you Becky. I have not yet tried the cookies.I have a school project and i need the conclusion. I need help. If you have any ideas can u email me at lululovesmonkeys@gmail.com