Cady is a cheerful 11-year old who lives in a magical world where everyone has a Talent (with a capital T). Hers is a particularly enticing one: she can bake the perfect cake to suit the personality and taste of anyone she likes. She's an orphan and, unfortunately, the orphanage matron, Miss Mallory, whose Talent is finding the right parents for orphans, has been unable to find a pair for Cady. But soon Fate intervenes. Throw in a delicious peanut butter factory, an evil Talent thief, a pivotal hair pin, and a mysterious suitcase that could hold the key to everything, and you have plot twists galore. The reader will also find a generous helping of cake recipes. Fans of Wendy Mass and Sarah Weeks may also enjoy this delightful treat.
Published by Penguin, 2013.
A realistic fantasy? Impossible, you say? As impossible as the existence of dragons...
Ansel, a mute boy, is sold by his uncaring father into servitude with a traveling "dragon hunter." Brock, the hunter, has plenty of secrets and a boy who can't talk is the best kind of secret-keeper. One of Brock's biggest secrets is that dragons do not actually exist and he is merely a con artist who takes advantage of the superstitions and fears of the peasants and villagers. Of course, there wouldn't be much of a story if a dragon didn't come along sooner rather than later... And in the course of facing it, Ansel also discovers some important things about himself...
Published by Scholastic. 2010.
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