Finley Flowers Original Recipe 

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This third-grade star can take anything from duct tape to glitter glue and create something incredible. But even with all that creativity, Finley has a major problem: her best friend, Henry, is about to turn nine, and she has no idea what to give him for his birthday. The school cook-off could be the perfect solution, but it’s hard to come up with something original and tasty. As one crazy concoction leads to another, Finley discovers that cooking is just like the rest of life — things don’t always turn out as planned, and friendship is the real prize.
Third-grader Finley Flowers stars in this entertaining series opener. . . . As friendship and family dilemmas spike the plot, Young avoids handing easy victories to her determined and undeniably creative heroine. — Publishers Weekly
This is a light, endearing story of friendship that will work well as a read-aloud or for a newly solo reader. — Booklist Online
Full of fun and flavor, Original Recipe is a book that my girl could really sink her teeth into. . . . So if you know a little girl like mine, remember that her books don’t have to be filled with damsels in distress. Find her heroines with some spunk and gumption, and you’ll create a young reader who’s well on her way to discovering her own sense of power and potential. — Booktrib
Young writes in a spirited style that displays Finley’s seemingly unbounding optimism, but she also shows that her bravado masks a lack of confidence. . . . Recipes don’t always turn out as planned, but Finley discovers her strengths and what matters most in life. — Canadian Review of Materials

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