Twelve-year-old Scarlett is the star and victim of her mum’s popular blog – the butt of school jokes, she’s eager to stay firmly out of the spotlight. But one evening, she finds a gorgeous kitchen in the house next door, left empty by an elderly neighbour in hospital. As Scarlett bakes, she starts to transform her life, discovering new friends and forming the Secret Cooking Club. But can she fix her family, seal her friendships and find the mysterious secret ingredient?
Review[Laurel Remington] has created a heroine to care about; plus, there are wonderful descriptions of cakes so exceedingly good that even Mr Kipling might approve. It’s Jacqueline Wilson for the Bake Off generation and a fitting winner of the Times/Chicken House children s prize 2015. (The Times)
Pre-teen girls will fall headlong into this heart-warming drama, which is a read-in-one-sitting affair but just be sure to keep the tissues at the ready. (Evening Echo)
This is a gripping, thought provoking story full of emotional moments. You share Scarlett’s feelings, willing her to do well, cheering her successes and cringing at her mum’s thoughtless actions. (Primary Times)
A warm, touching and cosy novel! (Angels & Urchins)
A sharply observed story about family, friends and the world of social media, this mixes the magic ingredients of baking and blogging to create a perfect literary treat. (South Wales Evening Post)
The short review is that this book is AWESOME … I really hope there will be a sequel as I’m sure that the secret cooking club will continue to have adventures! (Nayu s Reading Corner)
The author gives us an excellent insight into the life and feelings of a pre-teen girl. Friendship – food – family; all perfectly combined to cook up a winner of a book. (Parents in Touch)