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All You Knead Is Love



by
Tanya Guerrero

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
ISBN
9780374314231
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language , Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
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A contemporary middle grade coming-of-age novel about a twelve-year-old girl who goes to live with her grandmother for the summer and gains confidence through a newly discovered passion for baking.

Sometimes you find home where you least expect it.

Twelve-year-old Alba doesn't want to live with her estranged grandmother in Barcelona. She wants to stay with her mom, even if that means enduring her dad's cutting comments to them both.

But in her new home, Alba forms a close relationship with her grandmother, gains a supportive father figure and new friends, and even discovers a passion and talent for baking. And through getting to know the city her mother used to call home, Alba starts to understand her mother better. When her beloved bakery is threatened with closure, Alba is determined to find a way to save it—and at the same time, she may just come up with a plan to make her family whole again.Glossary. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language , Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

384

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 2/5"

Dewey

F

AR

4.5: points 11

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Baking. Bread. Grandmothers. Mothers and daughters. Abused women. Barcelona, Spain. Friendship. Family life. Gender identity.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6–Twelve-year-old Alba feels discarded when her mother sends her across the ocean to live in Barcelona with the grandmother she hardly knows. With time, Alba builds a close relationship with her grandmother and other family friends she meets along the way. Alba finally gets to know the former version of her mother through Toni, her mother’s childhood best friend, as they spend time together baking bread for his bakery. Eventually, Alba’s mother joins her in Barcelona with a battered face and hopes to build a new life without ­Alba’s abusive father. When Toni’s bakery is in danger of closing, Alba and her mother team up to devise a rescue plan. Guerrero weaves traumatic flashbacks of domestic violence together with scenes of opportunity and hope in this coming-of-age drama about forgiveness, friendship, and family. Any reader will relate to Alba’s experiences finding her true self and her first taste of romance. The author does a beautiful job educating readers about the differences between gender identity and sexuality in a way that is suitable for middle grade readers. A diverse range of characters facilitate Alba’s growth through her relationships. The Spanish language sprinkled throughout helps craft an authentic tone and will not impact non-Spanish speakers’ understanding of the text. VERDICT A charming, original title that will draw fans of Janae Marks’s From the Desk of Zoe ­Washington.–Angie Jameson, Chagrin Falls ­Exempted Village Schools, OH

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6–Twelve-year-old Alba feels discarded when her mother sends her across the ocean to live in Barcelona with the grandmother she hardly knows. With time, Alba builds a close relationship with her grandmother and other family friends she meets along the way. Alba finally gets to know the former version of her mother through Toni, her mother’s childhood best friend, as they spend time together baking bread for his bakery. Eventually, Alba’s mother joins her in Barcelona with a battered face and hopes to build a new life without ­Alba’s abusive father. When Toni’s bakery is in danger of closing, Alba and her mother team up to devise a rescue plan. Guerrero weaves traumatic flashbacks of domestic violence together with scenes of opportunity and hope in this coming-of-age drama about forgiveness, friendship, and family. Any reader will relate to Alba’s experiences finding her true self and her first taste of romance. The author does a beautiful job educating readers about the differences between gender identity and sexuality in a way that is suitable for middle grade readers. A diverse range of characters facilitate Alba’s growth through her relationships. The Spanish language sprinkled throughout helps craft an authentic tone and will not impact non-Spanish speakers’ understanding of the text. VERDICT A charming, original title that will draw fans of Janae Marks’s From the Desk of Zoe ­Washington.–Angie Jameson, Chagrin Falls ­Exempted Village Schools, OH

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