A Dash of Trouble: Love Sugar Magic
Illustrator: Mirelle Ortega
Leonora Logroño’s family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas. Leo discovers that her mother, aunt, and four older sisters have been keeping a big secret: they’re brujas—witches of Mexican ancestry—who pour a little bit of sweet magic into everything that they bake. Recipes.
JLG Release: Mar 2018
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Awards & Honors
Winter 2017–2018 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview, Ages 9–12
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Book List, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*
School Library Journal
Amor y Azúcar Panadería (Love and Sugar Bakery) is bustling on the eve of Dia de los Muertos, and all Leonora Logroño wants to do is help. But as the youngest of five sisters, Leo is repeatedly told she is too young to participate in the family business. Leo resorts to sneaking, and discovers [STARRED REVIEW]
Amor y Azúcar Panadería (Love and Sugar Bakery) is bustling on the eve of Dia de los Muertos, and all Leonora Logroño wants to do is help. But as the youngest of five sisters, Leo is repeatedly told she is too young to participate in the family business. Leo resorts to sneaking, and discovers that Mama, Tia, and her sisters are brujas, and there is more to their baked goods than just sugar and flour. Anxious to explore her own potential abilities, Leo steals a book of magical recipes and begins experimenting, leading to various mishaps. Tradition is a prominent theme in this debut, but instead of leading to conflict, Meriano depicts a family that is open and accepting of change, while still honoring long-standing family customs. Leo, despite feeling left out, has very supportive older sisters who guide her misadventures, and ultimately, along with the elder women (even Abuela, whose ghost keeps an eye on the family), shape Leo’s magical development. Spell recipes are included in the text entirely in Spanish, which Leo, as a nonspeaker, must decipher using a bilingual dictionary. Back matter includes additional nonmagical recipes for pan de muerto and amaranth bars that should keep readers busy until the next installment in the series. VERDICT A delectable debut with wide appeal, and a must-have for middle grade fiction collections.—Jessica Agudelo, New York Public Library
5 1/2" x 8"
Level 5.3; Points: 9;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.5; Points: 14;