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A Dash of Trouble
Contributor(s): Meriano, Anna, Ortega, Mirelle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0062498460     ISBN-13: 9780062498465
Publisher: Walden Pond Pr
    OUR PRICE: $15.29  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2018
Annotation: Wanting to be a part of her family's Dia de los Muertos preparations, Leonora sneaks out of school to discover her mother, aunt, and older sisters have been keeping a secret.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Family secrets; Juvenile fiction.
Witches; Juvenile fiction.
Magic; Juvenile fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2018285251
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Love Sugar Magic
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (0.90 lbs) 310 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 193489
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q72587
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 14.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Eleven-year-old Leonora Logroqo doesn't get to help in her family's bakery. Leo snoops and discovers all her female family members are brujas, or witches. Impatient Leo doesn't want to wait four years for her initiation, so she experiments on her own, with comical results. First-novelist Meriano creates a believable family whose members sprinkle love, affection, and natural domestic gripes as naturally as they mix Spanish and English. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #2)
As the youngest of five sisters, eleven-year-old Leonora Logroño certainly knows the frustration of being the baby of the family. And her dissatisfaction boils over when, unlike her older sisters, she doesn't get to help in her family's bakery, Amor y Azúcar Panadería, especially during the biggest moneymaking time of the year, Día de los Muertos—and double especially when Mamá and Leo's sisters and aunts appear to have so many whispered secrets surrounding their recipes. So Leo snoops and discovers the family mystery: all the female family members are witches, or brujas, whose magic comes from the love in their hearts and the sweetness in the confections they create. Each sister is initiated, and her particular magic discovered, when she is fifteen, but impatient Leo doesn't want to wait another four years. So she decides to do a little experimenting on her own, which leads to comical results, from flying pig cookies to a love potion that she's got to reverse—and does so with surprising results. Leo and her sisters have lots of personality, and first-novelist Meriano creates a believable family whose members sprinkle love, affection, and natural domestic gripes as naturally as they mix Spanish and English. The ending hints at a sequel with further experimentation on the horizon. betty carter Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 November #2)

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.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 November)

Gr 3–6—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

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.