Midsummer's Mayhem
Can Mimi undo the mayhem caused by her baking in this contemporary-fantasy retelling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream?Eleven-year-old Mimi Mackson comes from a big Indian American family: Dad's a renowned food writer, Mom's a successful businesswoman, and her three older siblings all have their own respective accomplishments. It's easy to feel invisible in such an impressive family, but Mimi's dream of proving she's not the least-talented member of her family seems possible when she discovers a contest at the new bakery in town. Plus, it'll start her on the path to becoming a celebrity chef like her culinary idol, Puffy Fay. But when Mimi's dad returns from a business trip, he's mysteriously lost his highly honed sense of taste. Without his help, Mimi will never be able to bake something impressive enough to propel her to gastronomic fame.Drawn into the woods behind her house by a strangely familiar song, Mimi meets Vik, a boy who brings her to parts of the forest she's never seen. Who knew there were banyan trees and wild boars in Massachusetts? Together they discover exotic ingredients and bake them into delectable and enchanting treats.But as her dad acts stranger every day, and her siblings' romantic entanglements cause trouble in their town, Mimi begins to wonder whether the ingredients she and Vik found are somehow the cause of it all. She needs to use her skills, deductive and epicurean, to uncover what's happened. In the process, she learns that in life, as in baking, not everything is sweet. . . .

Midsummer's Mayhem Details

TitleMidsummer's Mayhem
Author
ReleaseJun 11th, 2019
PublisherYellow Jacket
ISBN-139781499808889
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Retellings

Midsummer's Mayhem Review

  • Gillian
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine a mashup between Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and kids baking competition shows. Throw in a hearty dash of magic, family dynamics, and themes of believing in yourself. Absolutely irresistible, this book will have readers hooked from the very first page. There is so much to love about this fun, tightly plotted, heartfelt story, but aside from the food descriptions (which are seriously mouthwatering!!) my favorite parts were about Mira and her family as she works to find her pla Imagine a mashup between Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and kids baking competition shows. Throw in a hearty dash of magic, family dynamics, and themes of believing in yourself. Absolutely irresistible, this book will have readers hooked from the very first page. There is so much to love about this fun, tightly plotted, heartfelt story, but aside from the food descriptions (which are seriously mouthwatering!!) my favorite parts were about Mira and her family as she works to find her place to shine. I highly, highly recommend this scrumptious wonder!
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  • Emily T
    January 1, 1970
    I was incredibly lucky to read this book early on and it is absolutely delightful-full of heart, magical mischief, a main character you can't help but root for, beautiful truths about family and childhood, and food descriptions that will leave your tummy rumbling! The whole family will want to read this one together on summer afternoons, but be warned-your children will probably beg to start baking after reading!My daughter, age 7, also loved the book and wanted to add her own review. In her own I was incredibly lucky to read this book early on and it is absolutely delightful-full of heart, magical mischief, a main character you can't help but root for, beautiful truths about family and childhood, and food descriptions that will leave your tummy rumbling! The whole family will want to read this one together on summer afternoons, but be warned-your children will probably beg to start baking after reading!My daughter, age 7, also loved the book and wanted to add her own review. In her own words: "Midsummer's Mayhem is my favorite book I have read yet, and I even read it two times-that's how much I like it! It's like you can taste the deliciousness of the treats that Mimi bakes!"
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  • Victoria Coe
    January 1, 1970
    11 year-old Mimi is searching for a recipe to help her win the baking contest of a lifetime--a chance to bake with her idol Puffy Fay, to prove she belongs in her family of superstars, and to stop being known as Mimi Mouse. And when an enchanting song in the woods leads her to intoxicating plants, a mysterious book, and a new friend, she's found all she needs.But when she bakes the creation of her heart, her family and friends start acting strangely. Her imagination? Coincidence? Or have her des 11 year-old Mimi is searching for a recipe to help her win the baking contest of a lifetime--a chance to bake with her idol Puffy Fay, to prove she belongs in her family of superstars, and to stop being known as Mimi Mouse. And when an enchanting song in the woods leads her to intoxicating plants, a mysterious book, and a new friend, she's found all she needs.But when she bakes the creation of her heart, her family and friends start acting strangely. Her imagination? Coincidence? Or have her desserts accidentally enchanted THEM?An inventive retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream, MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM by debut author Rajani LaRocca is a scrumptious read. I can't wait for middle grade readers with a taste for mayhem, mystery, and magic to gobble up this fun and heartwarming story. I received an advance reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mari Johnston
    January 1, 1970
    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.Midsummer’s Mayhem was one of the cutest books I’ve ever read! I’ve started to really enjoy retellings the past few years, and this one was done so well. A Midsummer Night’s Dream isn’t a play I’m completely familiar with, but going into this novel I did know the basics of it. Since this is a middle-grade novel though, I really liked seeing Rajani LaRocca incorporate the play and give a brief synopsis of it in her story. Y This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.Midsummer’s Mayhem was one of the cutest books I’ve ever read! I’ve started to really enjoy retellings the past few years, and this one was done so well. A Midsummer Night’s Dream isn’t a play I’m completely familiar with, but going into this novel I did know the basics of it. Since this is a middle-grade novel though, I really liked seeing Rajani LaRocca incorporate the play and give a brief synopsis of it in her story. You can’t make comparisons if you don’t know the original story, so the fact that she did this is really going to help readers find the similarities between the two.Overall, this book was really just so much fun. I read it in two sittings because when I would pick it up I wouldn’t want to put it down. The story was fresh and fun and I felt like the pacing was perfect. At no point did I feel like things were dragging too slowly, instead everything had the appropriate amount of urgency behind it. LaRocca’s characters were also wonderful. Each one was so full of life and personality and showed great development throughout the novel.The dynamic of the Mackson family was incredible! The way Mimi interacted with her sisters and brother felt so authentic. They would argue a lot and not see eye to eye at times, but you could also tell they all really loved each other. Mimi’s mom works a lot, but she always tried her best to attend games, performances, and activities. It also seems like most of the time we see parents and their children not getting along, so it was refreshing that Mimi not only adored her mom and dad, but also that they were supportive of each of their kids’ interests.Be prepared, because this book will make you hungry. Throughout the entire story, Mimi bakes so many absolutely scrumptious sounding treats. LaRocca did an excellent job of describing the baking process and all of the yummy ingredients. I actually let out a happy squeal when I saw recipes included in the back of the book. The kitchen is not part of my apartment I’m the most comfortable in, cooking and baking has really never been easy for me, but I still love reading about it. I was wanting to try and make some of the cookies from one of the recipes in the back but wasn’t able to spend the extra money at the store this time. Instead, I picked up some pre-made funfetti cookie dough because I just couldn’t resist baking something.This is actually LaRocca’s debut into the middle-grade world, but it feels like what she’s been writing for years. Midsummer’s Mayhem is one that absolutely needs to be added to your TBR this summer. Everything about it was wonderful and it really is one that is great for anybody that enjoys middle-grade fiction.A physical ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Joshua Levy
    January 1, 1970
    A book by any other name would probably not be as sweet as Rajani LaRocca's MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM. The ingredients are absolute perfection: Shakespeare. Magic. Family. Friends.After her best friend moves away--and seemingly outshined by her busy and talented siblings and parents (each one of whom is well-developed and endearing)--amateur kid-chef Mimi Mackson is on the hunt for what makes her special. When a new cafe opens up in her town, complete with a baking competition, Mimi sees her chance. Bu A book by any other name would probably not be as sweet as Rajani LaRocca's MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM. The ingredients are absolute perfection: Shakespeare. Magic. Family. Friends.After her best friend moves away--and seemingly outshined by her busy and talented siblings and parents (each one of whom is well-developed and endearing)--amateur kid-chef Mimi Mackson is on the hunt for what makes her special. When a new cafe opens up in her town, complete with a baking competition, Mimi sees her chance. But not everything is as it seems: Not the "While Away Cafe." Not her new friend Vik. And definitely not her food-writer-dad's increasingly odd behavior.Overflowing with heart and hilarity, MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM is as enchanting as a midsummer's eve. Get it. Digest it. Eat it again. Kids will love.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    What a fabulous reimagining of Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream. In MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM, Rajani LaRocca introduced Mimi (the youngest—and so she thought—the least talented member of her family). However much she might not have seen it in herself at first, throughout the story, Mimi displayed all the ways she's special—a caring sister, a kind friend, and an amazing baker. LaRocca sprinkled magic throughout the story the way Mimi decorated her cupcakes, with creativity and imagination.This b What a fabulous reimagining of Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream. In MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM, Rajani LaRocca introduced Mimi (the youngest—and so she thought—the least talented member of her family). However much she might not have seen it in herself at first, throughout the story, Mimi displayed all the ways she's special—a caring sister, a kind friend, and an amazing baker. LaRocca sprinkled magic throughout the story the way Mimi decorated her cupcakes, with creativity and imagination.This book warmed my heart, both playful and thoughtful, filled with love, friendship, and family. And the baking competition added another layer of fun, letting Mimi truly shine. Such a lovely book!
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  • Cordelia
    January 1, 1970
    I have never been more thankful that my mom is able to procure arcs! I thought it was amazing! I know absolutely nothing about baking. But I am a total Shakespeare nerd!and the sheer amount of Shakespeare MAGIC kept me theorizing the whole way through! For those of you who don’t know everything about a Midsummer nights dream it’s still a great book about baking, magic, and family. But if you do know a Midsummer nights dream there is a whole new layer of magic to be discovered! A heartwarming nov I have never been more thankful that my mom is able to procure arcs! I thought it was amazing! I know absolutely nothing about baking. But I am a total Shakespeare nerd!and the sheer amount of Shakespeare MAGIC kept me theorizing the whole way through! For those of you who don’t know everything about a Midsummer nights dream it’s still a great book about baking, magic, and family. But if you do know a Midsummer nights dream there is a whole new layer of magic to be discovered! A heartwarming novel, and the art is beautiful!
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  • Jennifer Guyor Jowett
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this story of courage, love, and conviction. Mimi's adventure leads her to discover the importance of family and to realize the strength she has always had. Rajani LaRocca's updated Midsummer Night's Dream is a fun and delicious read! I found myself dreaming of the cupcakes Mimi creates. And there's a bonus - recipes from the book at the very end!
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  • Naomi Milliner
    January 1, 1970
    If you like Shakespeare or baking - or especially both! - you will love this book. With mouth-watering descriptions of desserts (and three recipes in the back) and a fresh, funny take on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, this is one delicious ride. Kids will enjoy it, and it would make a fun and creative choice for English classes. Warning: this book will make your mouth water.
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  • Malayna Evans
    January 1, 1970
    In a word, this book is scrumptious. Food, family and friendship animate every page. It's a magical read. But one word of caution: get ready to add a dash of baking and eating to this reading adventure. You'll be inspired.
  • Shauna Holyoak
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun and whimsical story! I loved this Midsummer-Night's-Dream inspired tale with the aspiring baker Mimi who makes magic in her kitchen. The story demonstrates the importance of family and friendships and has a sweet (and savory!) ending.
  • Sam Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    This book is utterly delightful. Midsummer Night's Dream meets Cupcake Wars, filled with family shenanigans, fairy mischief, and baking gone wonky. Get it for the kid in your life. Get it for the kid in you.
  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Interest Level: 5-8Imagine that you love baking but you start to suspect that some of the cookies you made are causing all kinds of problems. Eleven-year-old Mimi is so sad that her best friend moved away so she spends a lot of her time baking. Mimi feels like she is overlooked in her family because her siblings are popular in their small town - one is a fabulous dancer, one an incredible actor, and one is a star soccer player. Even her father is a famous food critic. Mimi can't dance, she can't ​Interest Level: 5-8Imagine that you love baking but you start to suspect that some of the cookies you made are causing all kinds of problems. Eleven-year-old Mimi is so sad that her best friend moved away so she spends a lot of her time baking. Mimi feels like she is overlooked in her family because her siblings are popular in their small town - one is a fabulous dancer, one an incredible actor, and one is a star soccer player. Even her father is a famous food critic. Mimi can't dance, she can't act, and she doesn't play sports... but she does bake. Mimi loves to create exotic and unusual desserts. When a new bakery in town hosts a baking contest Mimi is ecstatic. If she can win this competition will it prove that she is just as good as her brothers and sisters? If she is going to win she will need her father to help her, but since he has returned from out of town something is wrong with him taste buds. How can she do this without his help? She doesn't know where to turn, that is until one day she hears a familiar tune in the woods. This is when she meets Vik, a boy her age that is visiting for the summer. Vik is an avid baker also so he steps in and helps Mimi with her dessert. With Vik's help will Mimi be able to win the contest and prove her worth to her family? Will she win the grand prize and get to meet and work with her idol, celebrity chef idol, Puffy Fay? Or will the mean girl in town sabotage her chance to win? Will her dad's horrible review of the bakery cause Mimi to blow her chance? And why is her siblings and their friends acting so weird after eating her cookies? Can Mimi fix her family, create a winning dessert, and avoid certain disaster? Read this incredible book to find out how all these questions play out.I absolutely loved this book!! Mimi is such strong and talented girl. I would give anything to be her sibling or neighbor just to be able to try everything that she creates. The back of the book has several recipes that she makes and I can not wait to makes these. If you love fantasy and magic, baking and sweets, and some crazy friends and family - this is the book for you!! Do not miss this 2019 book!!!Follow me:Blog - Blazer Tales - https://blazertales.com/Facebook - Laurie’s Library Place - https://www.facebook.com/LauriesLibra...Instagram - laurieslibrary - https://www.instagram.com/laurieslibr...Twitter - @laurieevans27 https://twitter.com/laurieevans27?lan...Goodreads - Laurie Purser - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1...Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/auburngirl2...YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCulD...Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurie-ev...
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    As a lover of both baking and Shakespeare, I knew I would thoroughly enjoy Rajani LaRocca's debut middle grade novel, MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM—a delightful retelling of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" centered around a kids' baking competition.The book was just as charming as I'd hoped: filled with fairy mischief, accidental magic, and an intrepid heroine who is determined to bake her way out of any sticky situation. LaRocca does a fantastic job of retelling Shakespeare's play while keeping it accessible As a lover of both baking and Shakespeare, I knew I would thoroughly enjoy Rajani LaRocca's debut middle grade novel, MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM—a delightful retelling of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" centered around a kids' baking competition.The book was just as charming as I'd hoped: filled with fairy mischief, accidental magic, and an intrepid heroine who is determined to bake her way out of any sticky situation. LaRocca does a fantastic job of retelling Shakespeare's play while keeping it accessible to young readers who may be unfamiliar with the storyline. I could definitely see this appealing to kids who love magic, pranks, and Tara Dairman's ALL FOUR STARS series!(The author provided an e-ARC to Middle Grade @ Heart.)
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  • Andrea Contos
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to read this book early, and I am absolutely jealous of everyone who gets to experience it for the first time.The entire book is a delight, with expertly-woven magic and a pervading sense of wonderment, set in the real world. Mimi is immediately likable and relatable, and the entire cast adds to the depth of the novel. The mystery is fun and intriguing, and the food descriptions are inventive and impossible to read without wanting to try them. Hint: Go to LaRocca's blog for de I was lucky enough to read this book early, and I am absolutely jealous of everyone who gets to experience it for the first time.The entire book is a delight, with expertly-woven magic and a pervading sense of wonderment, set in the real world. Mimi is immediately likable and relatable, and the entire cast adds to the depth of the novel. The mystery is fun and intriguing, and the food descriptions are inventive and impossible to read without wanting to try them. Hint: Go to LaRocca's blog for delicious recipes!The premise--Mimi wants to win a baking competition judged by her idol--will entertain kids (and adults) of all ages. And while no one needs to be a Shakespeare fan to enjoy the book, reading it may just make you one!
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  • Jess Redman
    January 1, 1970
    This is an absolutely delectable and so fun reimagining of Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. The story follows Mimi Mackson the summer after her best friend moves away. Her older siblings are all super talented, and Mimi often feels left out and less than. When the very unusual While Away Cafe opens up in town, Mimi decides to compete in their baking competition; maybe she can be the best at something for once! With the help of a mysterious new friend and an enchanting cookbook, Mimi sets This is an absolutely delectable and so fun reimagining of Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. The story follows Mimi Mackson the summer after her best friend moves away. Her older siblings are all super talented, and Mimi often feels left out and less than. When the very unusual While Away Cafe opens up in town, Mimi decides to compete in their baking competition; maybe she can be the best at something for once! With the help of a mysterious new friend and an enchanting cookbook, Mimi sets off on an adventure of friendship, family, personal strengths, and more than a dash of magic! This story is witty (try to guess which real-life town Comity is modeled after!), fast-paced, and full of heart. And it made me—a complete non-baker—want to whip up some cupcakes!
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  • Katie Zhao
    January 1, 1970
    Rajani's magical middle grade debut encompasses so much of what I love in books - magic, heart, family, and a little bit of chaos mixed in for the perfect middle grade read! Readers, young and old alike, will devour this scrumptious debut (hopefully not literally, but who can say with all the yummy, mouthwatering desserts!) Along her personal journey, through the highs and lows, Mimi discovers herself and her place in her family and world. Plus, adding elements of Shakespeare into the story?! Th Rajani's magical middle grade debut encompasses so much of what I love in books - magic, heart, family, and a little bit of chaos mixed in for the perfect middle grade read! Readers, young and old alike, will devour this scrumptious debut (hopefully not literally, but who can say with all the yummy, mouthwatering desserts!) Along her personal journey, through the highs and lows, Mimi discovers herself and her place in her family and world. Plus, adding elements of Shakespeare into the story?! That's the cherry on top of this cake! MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM is a novel that kids will adore, and I can't wait for more Rajani books in the future.
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  • Chris Baron
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate to have an advanced copy of this book, and it was our family read aloud. We LOVED it. Mimi, the youngest daughter is a delightful main character who finds herself in versified adventures and sticky situations. The mix of Shakespeare, magic, and baking, create such a wonderful interplay for the deeper themes of culture, family, and friendship. My kids were laughing one moment, and filled with wonder the next. The story is fast-paced and expertly written. As a bonus, it inspired us I was fortunate to have an advanced copy of this book, and it was our family read aloud. We LOVED it. Mimi, the youngest daughter is a delightful main character who finds herself in versified adventures and sticky situations. The mix of Shakespeare, magic, and baking, create such a wonderful interplay for the deeper themes of culture, family, and friendship. My kids were laughing one moment, and filled with wonder the next. The story is fast-paced and expertly written. As a bonus, it inspired us to bake, tell stories, and sing mysterious songs! A great book for all ages!
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  • Nicole Hewitt
    January 1, 1970
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionThis book is a retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a foodie twist! There are so many ingredients in this story that will appeal to a wide audience: a baking competition, fairies, sibling rivalry, love enchantments gone wrong, themes of growing up and fitting in—the book has all these and more. Mimi has always wished she had a way to stand out in her family of talented (and outgoing) siblings; her brother’s an a This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionThis book is a retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a foodie twist! There are so many ingredients in this story that will appeal to a wide audience: a baking competition, fairies, sibling rivalry, love enchantments gone wrong, themes of growing up and fitting in—the book has all these and more. Mimi has always wished she had a way to stand out in her family of talented (and outgoing) siblings; her brother’s an actor, her oldest sister’s a dancer, and her other sister is a soccer star. Mimi’s just Mimi. So when she has a chance to enter a baking competition, she sees this as her chance to really shine! Only problem is, things start to go wrong. First her food critic father turns into a ravenous beast who seems to have no taste discernment whatsoever—and Mimi had been counting on him for help in the competition! Then her sisters end up in an all-out battle over two boys who very suddenly seem to both fall head-over-heels in love with one of them. Even with the support of her mysterious new friend Vik, it’s hard for Mimi to believe that she has what it takes to truly make a name for herself and bake her way to success.There’s a lot here for kids to love: Cooking competition shows are so popular now (my daughter loves them)–and this book doesn’t skimp on the descriptions of Mimi’s fancy, mouthwatering recipes. Plus, kids will get a kick out of the boys’ antics as they try to win Mimi’s sister’s affections—they make fools of themselves in some pretty adorable ways. And most every kid will be able to relate to Mimi’s struggles to fit in and find her place in the world.A delectable read that will have you reaching for the nearest cookbook (or maybe heading for the nearest bakery)!***Disclosure: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
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  • Lizzy
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet (pun intended) and savory debut novel about family, friendship,finding your place in the world. Combines baking and Shakespeare! So much fun. For fans of Bliss Bakery series and Natalie Lloyd.
  • Sami
    January 1, 1970
    I'm hungry for all the treats in this story AND for more books from Rajani LaRocca. Mimi is a kind and inquisitive girl that you instinctively root for, and her struggles with failure were something that really resonated with me. This play on Shakespeare with a culinary twist is absolutely delightful, and dare I say it, scrumptious. More, more, more!
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  • Divine Anas
    January 1, 1970
    I saw "baking" somewhere in the blurb and I CLICKED WANT TO READ W/O ANY SECOND THOUGHTS. Heartless first made me love reading about baking (tho Idk how to actually bake or cook irl HAHAH) so this better be good! Also, an Indian-American mashup of A Midsummer Night's Dream is just tooo good to be true.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This book was an absolute joy to read. Mimi's struggle to stand out among her talented siblings tugged at my heartstrings, and the sometimes-magical antics of her family made me laugh out loud. And of course, the baking! I want to make every recipe. Cannot wait to read this story again once it is in the wild! (And am holding out hopes for a companion cookbook!)
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  • Katie Reilley
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the author for sharing a copy with our #bookexpedition group! I loved this story about eleven year old Mimi trying to find her place among her highly successful siblings and parents. Mimi’s passion is baking, and she’s searching for the perfect recipe to win a contest at the While Away cafe, a brand new bakery in town. Winning this contest would allow her to learn from her idol, celebrity chef Puffy Fay. Searching for inspiration in the local woods, she’s drawn to a strangely famili Thank you to the author for sharing a copy with our #bookexpedition group! I loved this story about eleven year old Mimi trying to find her place among her highly successful siblings and parents. Mimi’s passion is baking, and she’s searching for the perfect recipe to win a contest at the While Away cafe, a brand new bakery in town. Winning this contest would allow her to learn from her idol, celebrity chef Puffy Fay. Searching for inspiration in the local woods, she’s drawn to a strangely familiar song. Following it, she meets Vik, a boy who loves baking as much as she does. When Mimi and Vik discover exotic ingredients and begin baking with them, things begin to get strange for Mimi’s family. Mimi wonders if it’s just her imagination or if the ingredients she used are to blame. So many things to enjoy with this middle grade story:•the realistic family dynamics•the scrumptious foods and desserts (even some recipes!)•the infusion of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s DreamWith themes of family, friendship, and believing in yourself, this middle grade novel will be a hit with fans of magical realism and readers who love to bake.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I wish that while I was reading, I was served every scrumptious thing that Mimi baked. I’ve never had a book make me so hungry! This magically mischievous book was truly a delightful read!
  • Theresa Milstein
    January 1, 1970
    Mimi compares herself to her talented siblings and feels she falls short. But she's got a flair for baking. Meanwhile, mysterious things are afoot in the town of Comity. There's an interesting new boy who befriends Mimi, her dad's acting stranger than strange, and there are odd occurrences in the woods near her house. Mimi finds out about a baking contest in town and wants to win. But it turns out her flair for baking has a few magical surprises. Things only get stranger and funnier from there. Mimi compares herself to her talented siblings and feels she falls short. But she's got a flair for baking. Meanwhile, mysterious things are afoot in the town of Comity. There's an interesting new boy who befriends Mimi, her dad's acting stranger than strange, and there are odd occurrences in the woods near her house. Mimi finds out about a baking contest in town and wants to win. But it turns out her flair for baking has a few magical surprises. Things only get stranger and funnier from there. The influence of the Shakespeare tale is woven throughout, but the author makes this story truly her own. She brings the setting, characters, and tastes to life while making me laugh. Such a fun read!
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  • Kathie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss+ and Yellow Jacket for an eARC of this book.Original, immersive, and constantly unravelling in creative ways, Midsummer's Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca is a must-read this summer. It deserves every one of the positive reviews I've read, and think readers will find this twist on A Midsummer Night's Dream to be highly entertaining.Mimi desperately wishes she could be the best at something in her family. When a new bakery opens in town and advertises a baking contest for kids, Mim Thank you to Edelweiss+ and Yellow Jacket for an eARC of this book.Original, immersive, and constantly unravelling in creative ways, Midsummer's Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca is a must-read this summer. It deserves every one of the positive reviews I've read, and think readers will find this twist on A Midsummer Night's Dream to be highly entertaining.Mimi desperately wishes she could be the best at something in her family. When a new bakery opens in town and advertises a baking contest for kids, Mimi thinks this might finally be her big chance. But her father, who is a food critic, is suddenly acting very strange and eating everything in sight. Unusual animals appear in the forest, and a new friend is not all that he appears to be. Can Mimi create a special confection that will help her win the contest, or is there more at stakes than she realizes?This is a story that you need to read more than once to pick up on all the references to Shakespeare's play. The storyline is original, and the use of food is mouth-watering while also sharing some of Mimi's Indian culture with the reader. It's a realistic story with a touch of magic, and I look forward to trying one of the recipes included in the back. 5 stars from me, and a great book for upper elementary and middle school libraries.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    This middle-grade retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream featuring an 11-year old girl and her efforts to win a kids' baking contest, is filled with family, friendships and a pinch of magic. A really great read for everyone!
  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisherMimi loves to bake; it's no surprise, since her father is a food writer and travels all over to describe unusual tastes. When a new bakery, While Away opens in town, she visits them for cupcakes, only to be very disappointed. The treats aren't very good, and the owner, Mrs. T., is a bit odd, as is the waitress, Peaseblossom. There is a competition for young chefs, however, and Mimi starts to think about what to create. In the meantime, she gives her father a chocolat ARC provided by the publisherMimi loves to bake; it's no surprise, since her father is a food writer and travels all over to describe unusual tastes. When a new bakery, While Away opens in town, she visits them for cupcakes, only to be very disappointed. The treats aren't very good, and the owner, Mrs. T., is a bit odd, as is the waitress, Peaseblossom. There is a competition for young chefs, however, and Mimi starts to think about what to create. In the meantime, she gives her father a chocolate that Mrs. T. has sent home with her, and he starts to act a bit odd, eating everything in sight, running all the time, and losing his ability to describe food as anything but "scrumptious". Mimi has several siblings, who are all have their own interests and activities, so she takes refuge in the woods near her house when she wants a bit of quiet. While there, she meets a boy, Vik, who shares the Indian part of her cultural heritage and also enjoys baking. The two bond over different spices, consult a cookbook that Mimi's finds, and even make honeysuckle cookies. These cookies seem to have an odd effect on her sibling's friends, but Mimi doesn't think too much about it. She is busy with the While Away challenge, working on recipes around the themes of leaves, roots, and flowers. She has a rival in Kiera, who produces very professional looking concoctions, but when the final competition occurs, Kiera's baking isn't all it appears to be. There is a third final entrant, and Mimi tries her best in response to this surprise. I don't want to give away the fantastic ending with the Shakespearean connections, but it is certainly a delicious one!Strengths: Mimi is a great character, and her obsession with cooking (and attendant near oblivion to its magical affects on others) is spot on. Her friendship with Vik is a nice touch, and again, I can see the average middle school student not questioning found cookbooks, banyan trees in Massachusetts, and children who come out of nowhere. Her Indian cultural background adds an interesting layer to the story (the cupcake based on her mother's favorite pudding was a nice touch), but it's also nice not to have the story be ABOUT her cultural background. The Shakespearean theme runs strongly through the storyline, but it's not necessary to know anything about A Midsummer's Night's Dream or any other Shakespeare. The cooking competition and celebrity chef set this apart from other magical baking titles. Weaknesses: While the Shakespeare portions of this are well done, I don't ever have students interested in anything to do with that author! Well, I used to have students check out the 20 pound Complete Works so they could look smart carrying it around, but that's about the extent of it. I know some schools are interested in promoting this classic literature, but it hasn't caught on here. Also, I've read a lot of magical baking books, but the target demographic won't have.What I really think: Will definitely purchase, and am looking forward to whatever else Ms. LaRocca might be writing.
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  • Deanna Holdsworth
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare and I really enjoyed this version of this classic story.Mimi loves to cook and with the help of her father, who has a strong sense of taste, comes up with wonderful treats for all in her high achieving family. When a new bakery comes to town with an exciting baking competition Mimi tries to win She is drawn into the forest behind her home with music and it is there that she meets Vik who shares forest secrets with her to help h This was a fun retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare and I really enjoyed this version of this classic story.Mimi loves to cook and with the help of her father, who has a strong sense of taste, comes up with wonderful treats for all in her high achieving family. When a new bakery comes to town with an exciting baking competition Mimi tries to win She is drawn into the forest behind her home with music and it is there that she meets Vik who shares forest secrets with her to help her with baking. Her father has lost his sense of taste and will eat anything and everything. The new bakery owner is very unique and when Mimi's sister's and brother's romances begin to cause trouble Mimi realizes that Fairies are in control at the bakery and with her dad. Can she put everything right? A delightful book with characters you won't soon forget.
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