A Dash of Trouble

Anna Meriano, illus. by Mirelle Ortega. Walden Pond, $16.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-249846-5
In this effervescent kickoff to the Love Sugar Magic series, Leonora “Leo” Logroño is tired of being the baby of the family: her four older sisters all speak Spanish and get to help out at the family bakery, especially as they prepare for Diá de los Muertos. Then Leo discovers that her mother and sisters are actually brujas, able to bake magic spells into their pastries. “Our power comes from the magic of sweetness,” explains one sister. “Sweetness from love and sweetness from sugar.” Leo will be initiated at age 15, but she can’t wait to try her hand at magic, resulting in a love spell that goes horribly wrong. Meriano’s first novel is steeped in Mexican culture, family lore, and delicious baked goods. Readers who don’t speak Spanish will share in Leo’s confusion (the magical recipes are all written in Spanish), and those who do will enjoy being in on the family’s secrets. A warmhearted read that will satisfy readers and leave them eager for a second helping. Art not seen by PW. A Cake Literary property. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Victoria Marini, Irene Goodman Literary. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/13/2017
Release date: 01/01/2018
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 320 pages - 978-0-06-249850-2
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