Title : Midsummer’s Mayhem
Author : Rajani LaRocca
Publisher : Little Bee Books
Pages : 352
ISBN13 : 9781499808889
Eleven-year-old Mimi Mackson comes from a big Indian American family: Dad’s a renowned food writer, Mom’s a successful businesswoman, and her three older siblings all have their own respective accomplishments. It’s easy to feel invisible in such an impressive family, but Mimi’s dream of proving she’s not the least-talented member of her family seems possible when she discovers a contest at the new bakery in town. Plus, it’ll start her on the path to becoming a celebrity chef like her culinary idol, Puffy Fay.
But when Mimi’s dad returns from a business trip, he’s mysteriously lost his highly honed sense of taste. Without his help, Mimi will never be able to bake something impressive enough to propel her to gastronomic fame.
Drawn into the woods behind her house by a strangely familiar song, Mimi meets Vik, a boy who brings her to parts of the forest she’s never seen. Who knew there were banyan trees and wild boars in Massachusetts? Together they discover exotic ingredients and bake them into delectable and enchanting treats.
But as her dad acts stranger every day, and her siblings’ romantic entanglements cause trouble in their town, Mimi begins to wonder whether the ingredients she and Vik found are somehow the cause of it all. She needs to use her skills, deductive and epicurean, to uncover what’s happened. In the process, she learns that in life, as in baking, not everything is sweet. . . .
This adorable fantasy loosely based on Midsummer Night’s Dream. Being an Indian myself, I was literally drawn to Mimi’s American life. And she’s such a cute character to begin with! And then comes the food, oh such droolworthy descriptions! How can anybody dislike this little piece of gem!
Very sweet, innovative, magical and cute, this book is not just suitable for middle graders, but everyone at large! If you like the taste of magic and are free enough to let it take you along its course, please do read this book.
This story has reminded me yet again the very importance and need of family aesthetics and what it’s like to fully accept and proudly embrace who you are. And also, you can never really go wrong with family and food, now can you? 😉
Would rate this book 5 out of 5 Stars and recommend it to each and every one of you. And kids, you’re gonna love this. Go for it! ❤️