- Hardcover: 264 pages
- Publisher: Milkweed Editions; 1 edition (April 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571316930
- ISBN-13: 978-1571316936
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,488,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Crepe Makers' Bond Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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While aimed at the YA audience this book will also work for middle graders who enjoy stories about friendship and cooking. The subject matters are actually less intense than those in the first book. I would also recommend it to those who enjoyed The Secret Ingredient and The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer (both reviewed below.) Read as an ebook ARC courtesy of Milkweed Editions via Netgalley.
The Crepe Makers' Bond by Julie Crabtree is about friendship, cooking, and family dynamics. M thinks the most important things in her life are her friends and school. She's sure that she'll get along fine without her mom for a few months. But she finds that adjusting to life with another family, even if you're very close to them, can be very difficult. Ariel also finds that her family acts different with someone new around all the time. She's not sure she appreciates the changes.
I did feel that the ending was a bit rushed, and that Nicki's secret and family issues weren't fully explored. However, I also believe that there are so many family dynamics and friendship issues in The Crepe Makers' Bond it will be a good book for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 9 to 12 to discuss. Issues covered include older parents, divorced parents, strict parents, body image, having boyfriends against your parents' wishes and more. And since each chapter is followed by what seem to be great recipes, you'll have no shortage of ideas about what food to serve at a meeting.
The Crepe Makers' Bond makes an excellent read for a middle-grader who is looking for a quality contemporary read for their age group. Ariel makes for an excellent role model when it comes to having dreams and working towards them. She aspires to be a cook and puts together her portfolio, choosing a recipe to close each chapter. As a non-chef, I could not help but admire her talents especially at a young age.
As far as the main plot goes, I thought it was a little short-lived for my own taste. I had expected more head-butting and active fighting, but instead the girls avoided each other and allowed their friendship to fall out of whack. While this happens admittedly in real life, their fight seemed a little perfunctory where they fought, they stopped talking, they parted ways, the end. Ariel struck me as a very contemplative person, so I was disappointed when she barely delved into the situation that she considered "life-changing" without giving it enough thought.
Definitely geared towards a younger crowd, The Crepe Makers' Bond can be a great gateway for middle-graders to provoke discussion on real-life themes such as divorce, moving away, and friendship.
The story focuses on three best friends, entering middle school, ttheir conversations and emotions are believable and ring true. I found it refreshing that this book is contemperary and modern but doesn't use anything graphic or over-the-top to push the story further.
I definetly recommend this book and I know I will be reading it again!