The Secret Cooking Club
Publisher: Chicken House
Being the subject of her mum's lifestyle blog has made Scarlett's life a misery. It's caused her such embarrassment at school that she has withdrawn from most social contact and become terribly lonely.
The transformation of Scarlett's life begins when she discovers an amazing kitchen and a very old recipe book whilst feeding an elderly neighbour's cat. As she begins to bake, Scarlett gains not only confidence but also self-esteem and friendship.
Scarlett's school experiences and emotional journey will strike a chord with many teenagers. The discovery of friendship through common interests and the satisfaction she gets from sharing what she has made will also ring true.
This is a great debut novel which explores the complexity of family and cross-generational relationships, as well as celebrating the joys of cooking.