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All Four Stars

Meet Gladys Gatsby: New York's toughest restaurant critic. (Just don't tell anyone that she's in sixth grade.)

Gladys Gatsby has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, only her fast-food-loving parents have no idea! Now she's eleven, and after a creme brulee accident (just a small fire), Gladys is cut off from the kitchen (and her allowance). She's devastated but soon finds just the right opportunity to pay her parents back when she's mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world.

But in order to meet her deadline and keep her dream job, Gladys must cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy and sneak into New York City — all while keeping her identity a secret! Easy as pie, right?

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"[Gladys] hatches an elaborate plan that includes bribing the snobbiest girl in school, getting an invitation to an exclusive birthday party, and riding in a purple limousine. The plan goes disastrously and hilariously awry, but Gladys and fine food ultimately triumph. The characters are well drawn — the snob and her entourage; shy, quiet Gladys; her picky-eater friend, Parm; the literal boy next door, Sandy; and a teacher who brings out the best in her students. Give this one to your young foodies." -- Nancy P. Reeder, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 8 - 12
Author Tara Dairman
ISBN 0142426369
Publication Date Jul 10, 2014
Publisher Putnam Juvenile
Language English