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Everyone, but especially those disposed to believe that there is magic to soothe and inspire in a well-baked pastry, will relish this delicious fantasy adventure. Orphan Bee is lucky to be taken in by a master baker when she runs away from her cruel foster parents. She has a talent for baking and is soon making delicious tarts and, her master’s speciality, buns. There’s magic in her buns too, and that takes her to the palace, a new friendship with the princess, and then on a daring quest to overthrow the wicked wizard ruling the kingdom. Diane Zahler has concocted a terrific adventure, stuffed with great characters and exciting scenes, and topped with a sprinkling of fairy-tale magic. Readers will gobble it up! ~ Andrea Reece
For more tales of magic, quests and camaraderie, try Diana Wynne Jones – Sophie of Howl’s Moving Castle can weave magic into her hats as Bee does into her cakes – and Jenny Nimmo’s Charlie Bone series.
Fantasy, magic and baking combine to create the perfect adventure story of a strong, courageous and independent orphan baker whose dream is to find a family of her own.
Bee is an orphan, alone in a poor, crumbling kingdom. In desperation, she steals a bun from a bakery. To Bee's surprise, the baker offers her a place at his shop. As she learns to bake, Bee discovers that she has a magical power. When a new friend desperately needs her help against an evil mage, Bee wonders what a small orphan girl with only a small bit of magic can do. Bee's journey to help her friend becomes a journey to save the kingdom, and a discovery of the meaning of family.
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|Publication date:||11th February 2016|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Fantasy / Magical|
|Recommendations:||eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
Diane Zahler is the author of four middle-grade fairy-tale retellings: The Thirteenth Princess, A True Princess, Princess of the Wild Swans, and Sleeping Beauty's Daughters. She has also written two nonfiction books for older readers, The Black Death and Than Shwe's Burma, and a nearly infinite quantity of textbook materials for elementary and high school students. She's made her home in Seattle, Morgantown, Ithaca, Solana Beach, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Belgium, but now lives with her husband and dog in an old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley. She really likes baking - and eating what she bakes. Mina Price is ...More About Diane Zahler