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Television cooking shows are a favorite of many middle schoolers, and thanks to One Hundred Spaghetti Strings, girls, at least, will no longer have to turn to cozy cupcake mysteries alone to get their foodie fix from books. Steffy, our eleven year old heroine--and a good cook--and her older sister Nina, are living with their Aunt Gina. Their mother has suffered a traumatic brain injury, which has left her doing long term rehab in a nursing home. Steffy and Nina's mostly absent dad has some problems of his own. Struggles like his are more often explored in young adult novels, but are certainly part of the experience of millions of real middle schoolers. I like that this novel treats life's bumps in an optimistic but never saccharine fashion. No perfect happy endings, but there are recipes!
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Since Steffy was little, she and her older sister, Nina, have lived with beloved Auntie Gina. But when Steffy and Nina's dad comes home to live with them, everything changes.
So Steffy does what she does best: She cooks her way through the hardest year of her life. But sometimes her life feels like a kitchen-sink meal--too many ingredients that don't quite work. All Steffy wants is for her family to be whole again. Can her recipes help bring them back together?
Steffany Sandolini is...
1 cup perseverance
2/3 cup listening skills
2 tablespoons talent
1 teaspoon loyalty
A dash of stubbornness
And more ingredients she hasn't thought of yet. How will she mix them all together?