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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup (Joanna Cotler Books)

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ISBN13: 9780064409605
ISBN10: 0064409600
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A delectable treat! When Rosie and her best-friend-from-forever, Bailey, begin arguing, Granny Torrelli wisely suggests cooking lessons. Before long the threesome are immersed in cavatelli pasta, meatballs, and long-ago stories. Creech masterfully balances moments of truth, poignancy, and high comedy.
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Bailey, who is usually so nice, Bailey, my neighbor, my friend, my buddy, my pal for my whole life, knowing me better than anybody, that Bailey, that Bailey I am so mad at right now, that Bailey, I hate him today.

Twelve-year-old Rosie and her best friend, Bailey, don't always get along, that's true. But Granny Torrelli seems to know just how to make things right again with her warm words and family recipes. She understands from experience that life's twists and turns can't rattle the unique bond between two lifelong pals.

Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech cooks up a delightfully tender novel, filled with homemade dishes and secret recipes. It's easy to remember what's important about love, life, and friendship while Granny Torrelli makes soup.

Review:

"A warm kitchen filled with inviting aromas sets the scene for this heartfelt novel celebrating friendship and family ties. Here 12-year-old Rosie and her Italian grandmother whip up extraordinary dishes and exchange confidences. As the novel opens, Rosie broods on a fight she has had with her best friend, Bailey, who is going blind, and it soon becomes apparent that Granny Torrelli's talents aren't limited to cooking. She detects that her granddaughter is bothered by something and tells Rosie a few stories from her own childhood that resonate with Rosie's situation as the two prepare a delicious soup. Rosie then confides memories of Bailey, and the layering of experiences builds in much the same way as Creech's Fishing in the Air. Though Rosie and Granny may be generations apart, their lives have been shaped by similar situations. By the second section, 'Pasta Party,' Rosie and Bailey are on better terms. Creech (Walk Two Moons) once again shows her ability to crystallize characters and express their emotions through very few, carefully chosen words. Her subtle approach only enhances the novel's cumulative impact. Like comfort food, conversations between Granny and Rosie have a soothing effect, reminding readers that conflicts pass and there will always be moments when friends and family gather, peace of mind returns and, in Granny Torrelli's words, 'Tutto va bene' — all is well." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"The way Sharon Creech writes about relationships is as spicy and comforting as a good pot of soup." Children's Literature

Review:

"[A] charming, amusing book." KLIATT

Review:

"[A] humorous and endearing narrative about intergenerational relationships." School Library Journal

Review:

"This story of a friendship, told around food and delivered in small, digestible bites, is a tasty treat." Booklist

Synopsis:

Bailey, who is usually so nice, Bailey, my neighbor, my friend, my buddy, my pal for my whole life, knowing me better than anybody, that Bailey, that Bailey I am so mad at right now, that Bailey, I hate him today.

Twelve-year-old Rosie and her best friend, Bailey, don't always get along, that's true. But Granny Torrelli seems to know just how to make things right again with her interesting stories and family recipes. It's easier to remember what's important about love, life, and friendship while Granny Torrelli makes soup.

Synopsis:

This heartwarming tale of love, life, and friendship by the Newbery Medalist tells the story of how Granny Torrelli's warm words and secret recipes mend a rift between 12-year-old Rosie and her best friend.

About the Author

Known for writing with a classic voice and unique style, Sharon Creech is the best-selling author of the Newbery Medal winnerWalk Two Moons, and the Newbery Honor BookThe Wanderer. She is also the first American in history to be awarded the CILIP Carnegie Medal forRuby Holler. Her other works include the novelsLove That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, and two picture books: A Fine, Fine School and Fishing in the Air. These stories are often centered around life, love, and relationships — especially family relationships. Ms. Creech's first novel for children,Absolutely Normal Chaos, was based on her own "rowdy and noisy" family. Growing up in a big family in Cleveland, Ohio, helped Ms. Creech learn to tell stories that wouldn't be forgotten in all of the commotion: "I learned to exaggerate and embellish, because if you didn't, your story was drowned out by someone else's more exciting one."

With a knack for storytelling and love of reading, a young Ms. Creech aspired to become a novelist: "To be able to create other worlds, to be able to explore mystery and myth — I couldn't imagine a better way to live. . .except perhaps to be a teacher, because teachers got to handle books all day long." In college, Ms. Creech took her first writing courses and attended writing workshops. This renewed her enthusiasm for becoming a novelist. Following her studies in college and graduate school, Ms. Creech worked as an editorial assistant before deciding to become a teacher overseas. Now, after spending eighteen years teaching and writing in Europe, she and her husband have returned to the United States to live.

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brunettegal418, January 3, 2008 (view all comments by brunettegal418)
This book is a must read! Filled with warm recipes, innocent childhood love, and an Italian grandmother who seems all too familiar; this novel will draw any reader into it's pages smelling of pasta, tomatoes, spices, and soup. Sharon Creech tells this charming and simple tale with a child narrating; exploring ideas such as arguing, forgiving, love, and the precious, colorful past. Not only does this book give a warm, Italian embrace but it's cleverly written plot will captivate. A definite must read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064409605
Author:
Raschka, Chris
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Illustrator:
Raschka, Chris
Author:
by Sharon Creech
Author:
Nash, Sophia
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Social Situations - Special Needs
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Special Needs
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Joanna Cotler Books
Publication Date:
20121226
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.72x5.22x.40 in. .24 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 160 pages HarperTrophy - English 9780064409605 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

A delectable treat! When Rosie and her best-friend-from-forever, Bailey, begin arguing, Granny Torrelli wisely suggests cooking lessons. Before long the threesome are immersed in cavatelli pasta, meatballs, and long-ago stories. Creech masterfully balances moments of truth, poignancy, and high comedy.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A warm kitchen filled with inviting aromas sets the scene for this heartfelt novel celebrating friendship and family ties. Here 12-year-old Rosie and her Italian grandmother whip up extraordinary dishes and exchange confidences. As the novel opens, Rosie broods on a fight she has had with her best friend, Bailey, who is going blind, and it soon becomes apparent that Granny Torrelli's talents aren't limited to cooking. She detects that her granddaughter is bothered by something and tells Rosie a few stories from her own childhood that resonate with Rosie's situation as the two prepare a delicious soup. Rosie then confides memories of Bailey, and the layering of experiences builds in much the same way as Creech's Fishing in the Air. Though Rosie and Granny may be generations apart, their lives have been shaped by similar situations. By the second section, 'Pasta Party,' Rosie and Bailey are on better terms. Creech (Walk Two Moons) once again shows her ability to crystallize characters and express their emotions through very few, carefully chosen words. Her subtle approach only enhances the novel's cumulative impact. Like comfort food, conversations between Granny and Rosie have a soothing effect, reminding readers that conflicts pass and there will always be moments when friends and family gather, peace of mind returns and, in Granny Torrelli's words, 'Tutto va bene' — all is well." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The way Sharon Creech writes about relationships is as spicy and comforting as a good pot of soup."
"Review" by , "[A] charming, amusing book."
"Review" by , "[A] humorous and endearing narrative about intergenerational relationships."
"Review" by , "This story of a friendship, told around food and delivered in small, digestible bites, is a tasty treat."
"Synopsis" by , Bailey, who is usually so nice, Bailey, my neighbor, my friend, my buddy, my pal for my whole life, knowing me better than anybody, that Bailey, that Bailey I am so mad at right now, that Bailey, I hate him today.

Twelve-year-old Rosie and her best friend, Bailey, don't always get along, that's true. But Granny Torrelli seems to know just how to make things right again with her interesting stories and family recipes. It's easier to remember what's important about love, life, and friendship while Granny Torrelli makes soup.

"Synopsis" by , This heartwarming tale of love, life, and friendship by the Newbery Medalist tells the story of how Granny Torrelli's warm words and secret recipes mend a rift between 12-year-old Rosie and her best friend.

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