Summer 2020: Books about Food for Grades 6-8

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Find lots of great food activity ideas to accompany these books in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

  • Cake and Confessions

    2019 by Remington, Laurel

    As a cake lover, I was drawn to this book by its gorgeous cover. Scarlett is a great baker, and she has a popular blog, which may lead to a cooking show of her own. She's even going to make her mom's wedding cake. Seems like everything's great, right? Not so much. Recommended by Mary

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  • Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous

    2012 by Williams, Kathryn

    How would you like to be chosen to compete on a famous cooking show? Well that's just what happens to Sophie, in this fun and funny story of cooking, food, and love. Recommended by Mary

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  • Slider

    2017 by Hautman, Pete

    Competitive eating seems weird to me, but David is totally into it. In fact, he is sure he can win. Recommended by Karen

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  • The Cupcake Queen

    2018 by Hepler, Heather

    If you've ever had to move to a new place and leave all your friends behind, you'll understand Penny, whose mother has moved her to a small town after her parents' divorce. Fortunately there are lots of cupcakes. Recommended by Mary

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  • Don't Read This Book before Dinner: Revoltingly True Tales of Foul Food, Icky Animals, Horrible History, and More

    2019 by Claybourne, Anna

    Hungry? You may not be after consuming all the revolting stories in this gloriously gross book. I dare you! Recommended by Dave

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  • The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to "Groosling"—More Than 150 Recipes Inspired by the Hunger Games Trilogy

    2011 by Baines, Emily Ansara

    Ever wanted to see what cooking is like in Panem? Now's your chance! May the odds be ever in your flavor. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Hope Was Here

    2000 by Bauer, Joan

    Living with your aunt who works in restaurants and moves often isn't easy, but getting involved in small town politics is totally unexpected, even for Hope. Recommended by Gudrun

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  • The Scooby-Doo! Cookbook: Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Whole Gang

    2020 by Jorgensen, Katrina

    Zoinks! In case you run out of Scooby Snacks, there are lots of recipes in this book that you can make. As for me, I say a hearty "No, thank you!" to the Wart Pudding Parfaits. Recommended by Lorrie

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  • Rocky Road

    2010 by Kent, Rose

    There are plenty of complications and problems for this family that moves to a new town and opens an ice cream parlor. But it's still sweet. Recommended by Karen

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  • Close to Famous

    2011 by Bauer, Joan

    Foster is a baker who dreams of her own cooking show while overcoming a lot of obstacles in her life. I love all the quirky characters. Recommended by Karen

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  • Tweet Cute

    2020 by Lord, Emma

    In a fun take-off on 'You've Got Mail,' sworn enemies Jack and Pepper are feuding publicly. Yet on an anonymous app, they're falling in love! Recommended by Mary

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  • The Reformed Vampire Support Group

    2009 by Jinks, Catherine

    Permanently 15-year-old vampire Nina and her crew of reformed vampire friends eat guinea pigs and try to break stereotypes while living a pretty boring life. Until one of them gets staked. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

    2016 by Dumas, Firoozeh

    So this isn't really a food book, but I'm including it here because it's such a great title and story! 11-year-old Iranian girl Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is trying to fit into a new place again. It's California in the 1970s and when Iran takes hostages, it adds another layer to her and her family's lives. Recommended by Shelley

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