¿Podrá Mimi deshacer el alboroto causado por sus dulces horneados en esta reinterpretación de fantasía contemporánea de El sueño de una noche de verano?

Mejor novela middle grade del 2019 para Kirkus.

Mejor novela middle grade del 2019 para las librerías independientes de EE.UU.

Mimi, una chica de once años, sueña con ganar el concurso de pastelería en el que el juez es nada menos que su gran ídolo, un chef de reconocido prestigio. Pero Mimi pierde a su mejor colaborador cuando su padre regresa de un viaje de negocios y misteriosamente es incapaz de distinguir entre sabores deliciosos y desagradables. Un día Mimi decide seguir a través del bosque una extraña música que a la vez le resulta familiar; ahí conoce a un chico de ojos dorados, y juntos cocinan utilizando ingredientes exóticos del mismo bosque. De pronto, todos los que le rodean comienzan a actuar como si estuvieran locos de remate.

Hermanas que le riñen, camareras que hablan en rima y saboteadores culinarios se mezclan en una receta llena de alborotos en esta divertida noche de un sueño de verano y pasteles.


A Kirkus Best Book of 2019!
An Indies Introduce Selection for 2019!
An Indie Next Pick for Summer 2019!

“A delectable treat for food and literary connoisseurs alike.” Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“What a wonderful, intriguing, and magical book. And wow, did it ever get my tastebuds going! Each time I picked it up, I felt the urge to head to my kitchen. . . . What I loved most was the smartness of it. It never once doubted its young readers.” Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor- and National Book Award-Nominated author

“Midsummer’s Mayhem is an enchantment of a novel, bursting with magic, mystery, and mouth-watering baked goods. Readers who have their own baking-show dreams will be cheering for Mimi until the very last page.” Kate Messner, award-winning author of Breakout, The Seventh Wish, and All the Answers

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 baking 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. . . .