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The Secret Ingredient

Title

The Secret Ingredient

Authors

Stewart Lewis

Illustrator

Trish Parcell

Publisher

Delacorte Press

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9780385743327

Pages

243 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

After a chance meeting with a psychic, Olivia, a teen cook living in Los Angeles with her two dads and misfit brother, finds a vintage cookbook with handwritten notes inside and pieces together a story that turns a normal summer into a search for her birth mother.

Grade Level

9-12

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Adoption; Poverty; Gay/Lesbian; adopted teenager; adoptive fathers; birth mother; financial hardship; gay; gay fathers; gay adults; same-sex parents

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

two adoptive fathers

LGBTQ+

gay males

Awards

Lambda Literary Award, 2014, Finalist, LGBT Children's/Young Adult

Keywords

growing up; coming of age; cooking; new job; dog; restaurant; brother and sister relationship

Diversity Impact

direct

The Secret Ingredient


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