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Baker's Magic

Bee is an orphan, alone in a poor, crumbling kingdom. In desperation, she steals a bun from a bakery. To Bee’s surprise, the baker offers her a place at his shop. As she learns to bake, Bee discovers that she has a magical power. When a new friend desperately needs her help against an evil mage, Bee wonders what a small orphan girl with only a small bit of magic can do. Bee’s journey to help her friend becomes a journey to save the kingdom, and a discovery of the meaning of family.

 
 

Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books - AS

"The obvious love between the baker and Bee, who was alone and guarded for so long, is moving, and it develops at an authentic pace. Pirates, magical creatures, family mysteries, and a dramatic battle with the mage will all keep readers busy, and the constant undercurrent of baking provides a firm and tasty grounding. . . .audiences will just appreciate a yeasty and enjoyable fantasy." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

March 1, 2016

Shelf Awareness - Karin Snelson, children's & YA editor

"Diane Zahler (The Thirteenth Princess) cooks up a scrumptious, gracefully eco-minded middle-grade fantasy of found families and unusual heroes worth cheering." - Shelf Awareness

February 12, 2016

 

School Library Journal - Deidre Winterhalter, Niles Public Library, Niles, Illinois

"A cozy fantasy adventure featuring strong female characters. . . .The plucky orphan finding magic and friendship is not a new theme, but ample action and charming characters like Bee, Princess Anika, and Captain Zafira Zay make this an entertaining read with an empowering message for girls, while still maintaining cross-gender appeal. . . .Text complexity and a wholesome plot make this a good choice for higher-level readers in lower grades. A solid addition to larger middle grade collections." - School Library Journal

February 1, 2016

Booklist Online - Kara Dean

"...like a good recipe, it all comes together. Standout secondary characters, a creative environmental twist, and just enough intrigue make this a pleasing adventure story for middle-grade readers." - Booklist Online

January 21, 2016

 

Kirkus Reviews

"At its core, this is a story of bravery, resilience, and love. And while the premise of emotions magically empowering food is not new, this recipe has enough added ingredients to satisfy. A sweet, magical, environmentally conscious adventure." - Kirkus Reviews

December 1, 2015

Publishers Weekly

"Zahler (Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters) has created a cozy fantasy adventure with tension, twists, and sweet treats. Bee and her companions are quick-thinking and determined heroes, and their journey to right wrongs should appeal to a broad range of readers." - Publishers Weekly

November 25, 2015

 

ForeWord Reviews - Catherine Reed-Thureson

"Baker’s Magic is a delightful tale sure to entertain young fantasy enthusiasts. . . .Mixing themes of magic, love, friendship, and environmentalism, the story truly has a little something for everyone. It is light-hearted, entertaining, and thoroughly enjoyable." - ForeWord Reviews

April 1, 2016

Imagination Soup - Melissa Taylor

"...a wonderful story with a lovely ending." - Imagination Soup

March 9, 2016

 

Kids' Book Buzz/San Francisco Book Review - Noah, age 12

"It was so interesting and kept me reading. I especially liked how believable the characters were. . . .This is a well-done, interesting story that I think anyone would enjoy reading, but especially middle school-aged kids." - Kids' Book Buzz/San Francisco Book Review

January 4, 2016

Awards

ABC Children's Group, American Booksellers Association

2016 ABC Best Books for Young Readers

September 1, 2016

Nebraska Library Association

2017-2018 Nebraska Chapter Book Golden Sower Award, Nominee

January 1, 2017

Diane Zahler

Diane Zahler

Diane Zahler is the author of four middle-grade fairy-tale retellings: The Thirteenth Princess, A True Princess, Princess of the Wild Swans, and Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters. She has also written two nonfiction books for older readers, The Black Death and Than Shwe’s Burma, and a nearly infinite quantity of textbook materials for elementary and high school students. She’s made her home in Seattle, Morgantown, Ithaca, Solana Beach, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Belgium, but now lives with her husband and dog in an old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley. She really likes baking – and eating what she bakes.

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