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Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes Hardcover – November 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810989905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810989900
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,421,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8–As a blizzard bears down on New York City just in time for Valentine's Day, a storm of a different kind is brewing in the apartment building above Chen's Kitchen. Seventh-graders Olivia, Kate, and Georgia are best friends who are struggling to find common ground as their relationship begins to change. Olivia has liked Phillip Becker-Jacobs for two years, and she records everything he does and wears in her Observation Notebook. Kate flits from crush to obsessive crush, and Georgia stays quiet to avoid letting her secrets slip, even to her best friends. An unexpected snow day offers the girls a chance to reconnect by baking “magic” fortune cookies designed to help everyone in their building feel loved. As they deliver the treats, they discover many truths: about boys, parents, and one another. Greenwald's second foray into the drama that is seventh grade delivers more than is implied by its saccharine title. The lives of the well-formed characters come alive against the backdrop of a New York City building where neighbors are strangers. Fortune-cookie fortunes become the plot's catalyst, as chapters alternate among Olivia, Kate, and Georgia, offering readers varied perspectives on the events. This is a title that mothers and daughters can confidently read together without major blushing.–Colleen S. Banick, Tomlinson Middle School, Fairfield, CT. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Seventh-grade Brooklyn neighbors Olivia, Georgia, and Kate are BFFs, even though they are very different. Olivia is introspective and observant, Georgia is quiet and timid, and Kate is outgoing and bossy. Together, they hope that Valentine’s Day will finally bring some developments with their crushes, but their plans are frustrated when a for-once-unwelcome snow day keeps the girls at home. Then Georgia’s mom teaches them a famously secret fortune-cookie recipe, and the day unfolds unexpectedly after the girls decide to distribute cookies to neighbors. Primarily set over one day, the story features the characters’ engaging, alternating narratives and distinct personalities and provides intimate, lively explorations of well-drawn themes, from family and friend troubles to growing self-awareness and the challenges and joys of connecting with others and building a community. The trio’s romantic ups and downs tie the story together, but this is also an affectionate, insightful ode to friendship. An enjoyable, sure-to-be popular read. Grades 5-8. --Shelle Rosenfeld

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The story follows three best friends, 7th graders in the same NYC apartment building.
Maggie Knapp
This was a really good book at the beginning it was a little boring but then it got really really really good as I read on!!!
Renee Rousseau
Though the characters are easily distinguished , the author fails to actually bring the characters alive for readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sweet on Books on February 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
* Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes is a terrific and light tween book you can be happy about putting into your daughter's hands.

* If you are ok with putting stories about boys and crushes into your middle reader's hands, then this is a great one to start with. Note the girls in this story don't have much interaction with boys, they mostly just talk about them.

* While the title might seem otherwise, the main theme here is friendship and girlfriends, not boys.

* This is an entertaining story and perfectly timed for Valentine's Day.

The main characters in Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes are three seventh grade girls who have been best friends forever. Georgia is the quiet one, Kate is the loud, somewhat trouble-making one and Olivia is the bookish reporter type, always jotting down her observations in her notebooks. The story is set within the apartment building where the girls live in Brooklyn and it takes place all on one day - Valentine's Day. But this isn't your usual Valentine's Day, this is a snow day. Given that New York City schools almost never close, this is a special event. (Clearly this book was written before this crazy winter (2011) we are experiencing right now here in NY!) The girls are equally excited and disappointed. A snow day is great, but now they won't get an opportunity to see the boys they have crushes on at school. They will have to wait a whole year for another Valentine's opportunity to mingle with them on the most romantic (read: over-hyped) day of the year.

Georgia's parents own a restaurant called Chen's Kitchen and it is located on the first floor of the building.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Knapp on February 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love it when a book cover and title are perfectly in synch with the book's content. SWEET TREATS AND SECRET CRUSHES, with its glitter cover and tasty title seems to promise a fast and frothy read-- and this book delivers. The story follows three best friends, 7th graders in the same NYC apartment building. Each is experiencing various moments of feeling left out or no longer fitting in. When a snowstorm on Valentine's Day shuts down schools and businesses, the girls decide to make friends (and maybe boyfriends) in the building by delivering homemade fortune cookies. This lighthearted dessert of a book touches on some serious topics, but the reader who will enjoy it most is someone looking for a skim-the-surface "cheer you up" read.
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By c on May 4, 2014
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I loved it and it's one of my favorite authors. Very impressed with the book. I love it so much
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By DivaWoods on May 3, 2014
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I thought that the book was sweet and nice. It gave insight to the three girls and how they thought about what was going on.
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This was a really good book at the beginning it was a little boring but then it got really really really good as I read on!!! I would totally recommend it to anyone that has read Phone Stone or Lisa greens other books!
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I loved this book it really had a good moral and was very interesting I would read more of this author's books after reading this one
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By Julia on January 30, 2014
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Ending was kind of lame & boring. Overall not a great book. I suggest mother daughter book club series, and Winnie diaries.
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By H on August 17, 2013
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I bought this for my granddaughter and she said she enjoyed the book. It's part of a series she is reading.
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