Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary: Ellis’s hopes for a fun and relaxing summer are dashed when his newly divorced dad informs him that they’re going to spend the next six weeks getting ready for the grand opening of Sunset Cookies. As Ellis reluctantly begins to help clean up the filthy building and perfect the chocolate chip cookie recipe (with more than a few mishaps), he also starts to connect with people in the community. Handing out free bags of cookies goes a long way toward making friends, and before long everyone is pitching in to get the store up and running in time. When Ellis discovers that one of his new friends is his father’s estranged brother, he’s determined to help the two men put their differences aside and reunite the family. New friends, family reunions, and plenty of chocolate chip cookies help make the summer of 1976 a memorable one for Ellis. Includes a cookie recipe. 320 pages; grades 3-7.
Pros: Written by the son of cookie entrepreneur Famous Amos, this is a funny, light-hearted story that doesn’t shy away from heavier topics like divorce and racism. It’s a fast-paced read that a wide range of elementary school kids are sure to enjoy.
Cons: Don’t even think about opening this book without a plate of warm cookies and a tall glass of milk by your side.