Cindy Callaghan is the author of the middle grade novels Lost in London, Lost in Paris, Lost in Rome, Lost in Ireland (formerly titled Lucky Me), Lost in Hollywood, the award-winning Sydney Mackenzie Knocks 'Em Dead, Just Add Magic (which is now a breakout streaming original series), and its sequel Potion Problems. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware.
Gr 4-7-An ancient book of secret recipes hidden in a 1952 encyclopedia, two mysterious warnings, unusual ingredients from a spooky store owned by a kook, and three BFFs come together in this novel. Kelly Quinn loves to cook, play soccer, and hang out with Hannah and Darbie. The ancient cookbook gives them an eerie warning as does the owner of the small store where Kelly buys ingredients: "Beware of the law of returns." The 12-year-olds decide to try the recipes anyway and learn that this cookbook is anything but ordinary. Every time they serve one of the dishes, strange coincidences occur. Kelly decides to test the book by devising an experiment involving a cute boy in their class. But when the plan backfires, will it break up the girls' friendship or will they return to life as normal? The humorous story, while somewhat cheesy at points, is entertaining overall.-Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.