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One Hundred Spaghetti Strings
by Jen Nails


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Since Steffy was little, she and her older sister, Nina, have lived with beloved Auntie Gina. But when Steffy and Nina's dad comes home to live with them, everything changes.

So Steffy does what she does best: She cooks her way through the hardest year of her life.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Since Steffy was little, she and her older sister, Nina, have lived with beloved Auntie Gina. But when Steffy and Nina's dad comes home to live with them, everything changes.

So Steffy does what she does best: She cooks her way through the hardest year of her life. But sometimes her life feels like a kitchen-sink meal--too many ingredients that don't quite work. All Steffy wants is for her family to be whole again. Can her recipes help bring them back together?

Steffany Sandolini is...

1 cup perseverance

2/3 cup listening skills

2 tablespoons talent

1 teaspoon loyalty

A dash of stubbornness

And more ingredients she hasn't thought of yet. How will she mix them all together?


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780062427601
  • ISBN-10: 0062427601
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Publish Date: April 2017
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Cooking & Food
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Adolescence

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-02-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Fifth-grader Steffy Sandolini navigates a complicated family in Nailss (Next to Mexico) emotionally charged story. Her mother suffered a traumatic brain injury when Steffy was three and now resides in an assisted living facility, leaving Steffy and her older sister, Nina, to be raised by their Auntie Gina. Their father, who abandoned them after the accident, has recently returned to claim the girls, but is emotionally unavailable and secretly struggling with addiction. Living with her father, a virtual stranger, Steffy quietly attempts to understand his long absence. With her aunt beginning a new family and Nina pulling away, Steffy turns to her mothers old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, which is stuffed with collected recipes and handwritten notes, in an effort to reconnect. Through an autobiography project at school and a cooking competition, Steffy begins to see the ways in which the ingredients of her family combine and that the final result, while flawed and sometimes unexpected, is still delicious. Steffys growing understanding of what makes a family and journey to find her voice through food are powerful, and her story is rich with fodder for discussion. Ages 812. Agent: Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown. (Apr.)

 
BookPage Reviews

Building bridges through cooking

Since Steffy was 3, she and her sister, Nina, have lived with Auntie Gina. All that changes when their aunt decides to move in with her boyfriend, and Steffy’s dad, a musician she scarcely knows, comes for dinner. Steffy makes homemade pasta and draws a name tag for the stranger who’s about to take Auntie Gina’s place in the bedroom down the hall.

Steffy is a budding chef, and cooking is how she frames her life and makes sense of things. Through cooking, she tries to reconnect with her mother, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident and has to be re-introduced to her daughters each Sunday when they visit. Steffy’s only connection to her mom is the old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook filled with handwritten notes. She carries homemade favorites to her mother’s long-term care facility, fixes the family meals and even enters a cooking contest.

Steffy and Nina want to get close to their dad, but he’s unapproachable. When Steffy does some sleuthing in the church basement where he attends meetings, she hears his secret. Her dad’s an alcoholic, and he’s struggling to get better for his wife and his girls.

Jen Nails draws in readers with a disarmingly simple style. As the story builds, the characters take on more depth. One Hundred Spaghetti Strings shines with nuance and simplicity.

This article was originally published in the April 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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