The Doughnut Fix
His suspicions about his new town are confirmed when he's tricked into believing the local general store has life-changing chocolate cream doughnuts, when in fact the owner hasn't made them in years. And so begins the only thing that could make life in Petersville worth living: getting the recipe, making the doughnuts, and bringing them back to the town through his very own doughnut stand. But Tristan will soon discover that when starting a business, it helps to be both Gifted and Talented, and It's possible he's bitten off more than he can chew...
This book is not all funny throwaway scenes. There is the middle grade angst of moving and making new friends, and the idea that if you don't prepare for something and don't think about it, it might not happen-- that is perfect middle grade thinking! There is a good bit of spot on sibling rivalry as well. I was able to remember the details of this very clearly for several days after I finished this, which means that the writing was organized and strong.
There are definitely more books about cooking with girls as the main character, so it was fun to see one with a boy cooking. The business angle was great as well. Hand this to readers who have finished all of the Scholastic Wish novels like You're Bacon Me Crazy as well Schaefer's The Teashop Girls, Shaw's Flavor of the Week and Levine and Riley's The Saturday Cooking Club.