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Literature & Fiction
  • Author:
    Julie Crabtree
  • ISBN:
    1571316957
  • ISBN13:
    978-1571316950
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  • Publisher:
    Milkweed Editions (May 10, 2011)
  • Pages:
    264 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Literature & Fiction
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  • FB2 format
    1389 kb
  • ePUB format
    1417 kb
  • DJVU format
    1667 kb
  • Rating:
    4.9
  • Votes:
    334
  • Formats:
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The Crepe Makers' Bond book. Ariel is the head chef in her family kitchen.

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

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. 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.

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Crabtree is particularly adept at capturing the emotional life of teens. The ease with which she weaves Ariel's clear (and fabulous) recipes and passion for cooking into this story about how even close friends can change unexpectedly is equally impressive. Though very much a work of fiction, it's also an inspiring introduction into how a young chef thinks, and it does in fact include interesting and helpful cooking tips. Creative and refreshing like a good soufflé, this perceptive, heartfelt narrative nevertheless has real meat on its bones.

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Ariel is the head chef in her family kitchen  . Rate it . Cucumber salads, fettuccine carbonara, fish tacos, and peanut butter pie are just a few of the dishes she crafts when she's feeling frustrated by the world.

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Just when the girls think their lives have finally settled down, Mattie finds out she has to move away.

Ariel is the head chef in her family kitchen. Cucumber salads, fettuccine carbonara, fish tacos, and peanut butter pie are just a few of the dishes she crafts when she’s feeling frustrated by the world. And it’s turning into a frustrating year. Ariel, Nicki, and Mattie have been inseparable friends since they were little kids, but now Mattie’s mom has decided to move away. It’s the girls’ last year in middle school, and they can’t fathom being separated. The friends concoct a plan that will keep Mattie in the Bay area — she’ll move in with Ariel and her family. But before you can say "bff," the party is over. Everything Mattie does gets on Ariel’s nerves, and it’s not long before the girls are avoiding each other. This was supposed to be their best year ever, but some painful lessons are threatening to tear their friendship apart. Can the girls scramble to make things right before the bond crumbles?

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Because I enjoyed the first book in this series, Discovering Pig Magic, I eagerly anticipated the publication of The Crepe Maker's Bond. Though my daughters grew beyond middle school age in the interim, we all read the second book and enjoyed it as much as the first. The protagonists, M, Ariel, and Nikki remain strong and believable characters who provide inspiring and realistic role models for the middle school years. In addition, Ariel cooks throughout the book and shares all of her recipes with us. I have already tried three of them and they were delicious! Ms. Crabtree has a talent for reaching the 10 - 14 year-old female audience with writing that teaches important life-lessons as it entertains. The ending of this book leaves the reader in suspense for the third book in the series!
Akinozuru
Let me start by saying this book was so enhanced for me knowing the history from the first book in the series, Discovering Pig Magic. However, alone or in the set, this book is fabulous! It combines a enthralling story of friendship with great food. Each chapter ends with a recipe relating to the story, which gives this book a second, third, and fourth life long after you've finished reading.

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!
Varshav
Ariel loves to cook. It helps her forget about the fact that she already has a huge chest that the eighth grade boys love to stare at, and that her family can really embarrass her sometimes. She especially loves to cook for her best friends, Nicki and M, and they can talk about anything that's bothering them as they eat. But when M's mom announces that they're moving from Alameda to Crescent City, California, Ariel knows how important it is for her friend to finish middle school before she leaves. So she cooks up an idea to have Ariel stay at her house until school is over. But will this turn into one more of Ariel's successful concoctions or a recipe for disaster?

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.
Gravelblade
I thought these girls were a lot older than 8th grade when I first saw this book. The first cover with the aprons almost belied a much-older book with adult women who might bond over love of cooking. The official cover with the hands will make it more appealing to a younger audience, but I still find those hands rather old-looking. I wish there had been young girls on the cover to properly prepare me for a younger mindset.

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.
Impala Frozen
With the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of The Crepe Makers Bond I knew I wanted to read Discovering Pig Magic. However, this is not really necessary for readers new to the series and I say series because surely a third book will be written in Nicki's voice. Discovering Pig Magic had M narrating and in The Crepe Makers Bond it is Ariel. Ariel loves cooking and creating recipes and she shares them with us at each chapter break. She is inspiring me to try some of them and won't be surprised if others do too! However her jealousy and selfishness surface when M moves in with her family to finish up 8th grade because her mom has taken a job in another city. Throughout the book hints are dropped about Nicki possibly keeping secrets which could be the premise of the third book (and touched upon near the end.)

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.