Blurb for THE STARS OF SUMMER (release date: May 5, 2015):
In this charming sequel to All Four Stars, eleven-year-old foodie Gladys Gatsby now has her first published review under her belt and is looking forward to a quiet summer of cooking and reviewing. But her plans quickly go awry when her friend Charissa Bentley delivers Gladys’s birthday gift: a free summer at Camp Bentley.
As Gladys feared, camp life is not easy: she struggles to pass her swim test and can’t keep the other campers happy while planning lunches. The worst part is she can’t seem to get away from the annoying new “celebrity” camper and sneak away for her latest assignment—finding the best hot dog in New York City. But when it turns out her hot dog assignment was a dirty trick by a jealous reviewer, Gladys’s reviewing career may be over forever.
Tara Dairman Bio:
Tara Dairman is the author of ALL FOUR STARS, which was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month and a Mighty Girl Top Book of 2014 for Teens and Tweens. She is also a playwright and recovering world traveler. She grew up in New York and received a B.A. in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College. After surviving the world’s longest honeymoon (two years, seventy-four countries!), she now lives in Colorado with her husband and their trusty waffle iron.
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Review of The Stars of Summer by Lisa
Title: The Stars of Summer
Series: All Four Stars #2
Author: Tara Dairman
Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
I received an advanced copy of this book for free from the tour host/publisher in exchange of an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
To say that The Stars of Summer was charming would be an understatement. I absolutely adored this sequel to All Four Stars very, very much.
Eleven year old Gladys is back again and still as adorable and sweet and still as interested in food as ever. She’s finally gotten one food review for the New York standard under her belt and is focusing on having a relaxing summer doing what she does best: cook. Her parents are a little more understanding this time around than they were in the first book of her love of cooking, because that blowtorch incident was just a little blip, really.
Her newest assignment from the paper is simple: Find the best hot dog in New York. Or it sounded simple initially until she finds out that there’s so many varieties of hot dogs out there. It isn’t just a New York thing or even an American thing, but we’ve got recipes from Iceland to South Africa. The diversity is simply amazing.
But that isn’t the only thing that Gladys has on her plate, so to speak, as her best friend Charissa gives her a pass to her summer camp for the month. There Gladys finds herself in charge of the campers lunches and it turns out to be more stressful than expected. She also is finding it difficult to get away to do more foodie research for her review as making up excuses are becoming harder and harder.
I must say that I find this series to be so fun and delightful, and the writing style just hooks you from the beginning. Also, while it may be middle grade and great for a younger audience, it also appeals to adult foodies who cannot get enough of the food talk and determined nature of the young protagonist, Gladys.
All in all, a fantastic series for everyone who enjoys great storytelling and a strong, young heroine and scrumptious food talk!