“One Hundred Spaghetti Strings is one hundred percent satisfying. A perfectly blended concoction.” —Julie Sternberg, acclaimed author of Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie
This brave and heartwarming middle grade novel will leave your belly rumbling and your heart full. Because when life hands you lemons, it’s time to get cooking! Perfect for fans of Sarah Weeks, Leslie Connor, and Lynda Mullaly Hunt.
Since Steffy was little, she and her older sister, Nina, have lived with their beloved Auntie Gina. But when the girls’ dad comes home to live with them, everything changes. So Steffy does what she does best: She cooks her way through the hardest year of her life.
Sometimes it feels like everything but the kitchen sink is being thrown at her—too many ingredients that don't quite work. And all Steffy wants is for her family to be whole again. Can her recipes help bring them back together?
One Hundred Spaghetti Strings also includes over twenty recipes—which Steffy cooks throughout the book—so aspiring young chefs can try them out when they’re done reading!
Fifth-grader Steffy Sandolini navigates a complicated family in Nails's (Next to Mexico) emotionally charged story. Her mother suffered a traumatic brain injury when Steffy was three and now resides in an assisted living facility, leaving Steffy and her older sister, Nina, to be raised by their Auntie Gina. Their father, who abandoned them after the accident, has recently returned to claim the girls, but is emotionally unavailable and secretly struggling with addiction. Living with her father, a virtual stranger, Steffy quietly attempts to understand his long absence. With her aunt beginning a new family and Nina pulling away, Steffy turns to her mother's old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, which is stuffed with collected recipes and handwritten notes, in an effort to reconnect. Through an autobiography project at school and a cooking competition, Steffy begins to see the ways in which the ingredients of her family combine and that the final result, while flawed and sometimes unexpected, is still delicious. Steffy's growing understanding of what makes a family and journey to find her voice through food are powerful, and her story is rich with fodder for discussion. Ages 8 12.