A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic #1)
Leo hopes that this might be the year that she gets to help prepare for the big celebration—but, once again, she is told she’s too young. Sneaking out of school and down to the bakery, she discovers that her mother, aunt, and four older sisters have in fact been keeping a big secret: they’re brujas—witches of Mexican ancestry—who pour a little bit of sweet magic into everything that they bake.
Young readers will empathize with Leo's position in her family, and understand why she takes the chances that she does in order to keep up with her older sisters. Magic still seems vaguely possible to middle grade readers, and what better way to practice magic than to enchant a batch of brownies?
There are a growing number of books that include magic in cooking; Callaghan's Just Add Magic, Dunbar's The Truth Cookie, Giada De Laurentiis's Recipe for Adventure series and Littlewood's Bliss. This first book in the Love Sugar Magic series is sure to make the reading menu of wannabe bakers everywhere.