The World's Greatest Chocolate Covered Pork Chops

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"Pleased to meet you.  I'm Zoey Kate, culinary prodigy, gourmet innovator, child chef extraordinaire. Let's get started shall we? I need fifty thousand dollars by Friday.  Thursday if possible. I prefer cash but I can do direct deposit.  Do I need to sign something or will a handshake cover us?"

Twelve-year-old Zoey Kate has just crashed into the office of banker, Ms. Lemon, to get her loan. She is about to launch her own restaurant and she needs some bucks.

What bank would invest fifty thousand dollars in a twelve-year-old?  No bank.  But Zoey isn't your average twelve-year-old and after Ms. Lemon gets a taste of Zoey's food and sees the long line of customers waiting outside Zoey's house for the lunch rush, this bank is ready to invest in this exceptional prospect.

Turns out starting a restaurant is not quite as simple as it looks especially when you decide to work out of ancient trolleys that need expensive wheels, the banker decides to gauge you, you have to win a hot dog eating contest and the culinary competition gets fierce.

Told at a galloping, racing, hilarious pace, this book will delight your Jokester readers with its non-stop humor, unexpected ups and downs and the absolute spontaneous creativity of our heroine/chef.  This is what life should look like!

Will Zoey triumph over the forces of evil?   Will Gersh, Valentine, Knuckles, Dallin and Zoey be enough to rise up and defeat the dark side?

Super sonic pacing, humor, spontaneity and FUN!!!!

245 pages  Ages 9-13  978-1484767610

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

Editor's Note:  Includes recipes

Pacing: Super sonic pacing (that means it's fast) Character: Self-confident, clever, smart Storyline: Smart obstacles to overcome with your wits and your friends

"You're done.  Go eat some cookies or something."

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Twelve-year-old chef Zoey Kate's Fried Banana Fondue is delectable, her Maple Cinnamon Crab Fajitas are divine, and her Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops are to die for. Zoey is the best cook in town and she wants everyone to know it. She's on a mission to start her own restaurant, but quickly learns that the restaurant industry is competitive . . . and dangerous. There are people who see Zoey as a threat, and they'll use any means necessary to make sure that she fails.

Featuring a precocious, larger-than-life character, lots of humor, fast-paced action and mouth-watering foods, this cooking story is sure to appeal to young foodies and fans of shows like MasterChef Juniorand Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off. ---From the publisher, Disney-Hyperion

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