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The Stars of Summer Kindle º The Stars  PDF or It s not easy being an undercover restaurant critic especially when you re only twelve years old After successfully completing her first restaurant review for the New York Standard newspaper, Gladys Gatsby is looking forward to a quiet summer of cooking and eating But her plans quickly go awry when her friend Charissa Bentley delivers Gladys s birthday gift a free summer at Camp BentleyAs Gladys feared, camp life is not easy she struggles to pass her swim test, can t keep the other campers happy while planning lunches, and cannot seem to get away from the annoying new celebrity camper The worst part is she s not able to find a moment to sneak away for her latest reviewing assignment finding the best hot dog in New York City But when Gladys learns that her hot dog assignment might actually be a dirty trick made up by a jealous fellow critic, she fears her reviewing career could be over foreverThis perfectly plotted sequel brings readers on a rollicking summertime adventure through New York City with all of the charm of All Four Stars and even foodie flavor This one had me smiling I like how Gladys is being forced to due different things, met new people and learning she likes it I love how Gladys is so serious about her reviews and how sneaky she is at getting them done The way that her friends help her has me laughing I do agree with Gladys that she needs to clue in her parents I think they will be receptive to helping her I was a bit surprised by the drama at Gladys s reviewing job She handled things perfectly in a way that was good for he This one had me smiling I like how Gladys is being forced to due different things, met new people and learning she likes it I love how Gladys is so serious about her reviews and how sneaky she is at getting them done The way that her friends help her has me laughing I do agree with Gladys that she needs to clue in her parents I think they will be receptive to helping her I was a bit surprised by the drama at Gladys s reviewing job She handled things perfectly in a way that was good for her and everyone else 4.5 Stars I received an advanced copy of this book for free from the tour host publisher in exchange of an honest review This in no way affects my opinion of the book or the content of my review.To say that The Stars of Summer was charming would be an understatement I absolutely adored this sequel to All Four Stars very, very much.Eleven year old Gladys is back again and still as adorable and sweet and still as interested in food as ever She s finally gotten one food review for the New York st 4.5 Stars I received an advanced copy of this book for free from the tour host publisher in exchange of an honest review This in no way affects my opinion of the book or the content of my review.To say that The Stars of Summer was charming would be an understatement I absolutely adored this sequel to All Four Stars very, very much.Eleven year old Gladys is back again and still as adorable and sweet and still as interested in food as ever She s finally gotten one food review for the New York standard under her belt and is focusing on having a relaxing summer doing what she does best cook Her parents are a littleunderstanding this time around than they were in the first book of her love of cooking, because that blowtorch incident was just a little blip, really.Her newest assignment from the paper is simple Find the best hot dog in New York Or it sounded simple initially until she finds out that there s so many varieties of hot dogs out there It isn t just a New York thing or even an American thing, but we ve got recipes from Iceland to South Africa The diversity is simply amazing.But that isn t the only thing that Gladys has on her plate, so to speak, as her best friend Charissa gives her a pass to her summer camp for the month There Gladys finds herself in charge of the campers lunches and it turns out to bestressful than expected She also is finding it difficult to get away to dofoodie research for her review as making up excuses are becoming harder and harder.I must say that I find this series to be so fun and delightful, and the writing style just hooks you from the beginning Also, while it may be middle grade and great for a younger audience, it also appeals to adult foodies who cannot get enough of the food talk and determined nature of the young protagonist, Gladys.All in all, a fantastic series for everyone who enjoys great storytelling and a strong, young heroine and scrumptious food talk This review andcan be seen here Fic Talk In this sequel to All Four Stars, Gladys is given a summer at camp by new friend Charissa Bentley, whose parents run the local camp Since her friend Sandy is being sent to a sleep away camp, she hopes to be able to use the opportunity to sneak into New York and complete some of her reviewing assignments for the newspaper who mistakenly thinks she is much older Instead, she gets sucked into working in the camp kitchen and into remedial swimming lessons with camp celebrity, a teen author who som In this sequel to All Four Stars, Gladys is given a summer at camp by new friend Charissa Bentley, whose parents run the local camp Since her friend Sandy is being sent to a sleep away camp, she hopes to be able to use the opportunity to sneak into New York and complete some of her reviewing assignments for the newspaper who mistakenly thinks she is much older Instead, she gets sucked into working in the camp kitchen and into remedial swimming lessons with camp celebrity, a teen author who sometimes deigns to be nice to her To complete an assignment on hot dogs that is really the work of the evil G Gadfly , she cajoles her parents into taking her to beaches, where they eat hotdogs and also bond as a family When Gladys discovers Gadfly s evil plan, she works to make sure he can t complete it Strengths Fun, upbeat story about a child with an interest and passion I especially liked how the PARENTS were the ones that really grew, although Gladys does stretch herself as well The family bonding time is a relief after the neglect of the first book, and the villains are just wicked enough to be believable Enjoyed this quite a bit Weaknesses This stretched credulity quite a bit, with two young writers I was proofreading 8th grade papers where students didn t use any capitalization, so a best selling 12 year old author Hard to believe Also had trouble believing the camp kitchen part Students will not have this problem What I really think Loved the first one, and this is a worthy second Hope the series doesn t go beyond three, though I d much rather have stand alone titles Pretty muchof the same as the first, but I will try to find the third, because they are fun and don t take long to read, and because view spoiler at the end of this, she s about to reveal her secret to her parents hide spoiler Pretty muchof the same as the first, but I will try to find the third, because they are fun and don t take long to read, and because view spoiler at the end of this, she s about to reveal her secret to her parents hide spoiler Did you find this review helpful Findof my reviews at Pop Goes The ReaderJen, have a look at this, he said Charissa s family has given Gladdy a free summer at Camp Bentley He plucked the paper out of Gladys hand and passed it to her mom Oh, how generous she exclaimed Honey, what a great opportunity for you to make evenfriends But Gladys didn t wantfriends In fact, she wasn t sure she wanted to keep all the ones she had at the moment.Gladys Gatsby is back and be Did you find this review helpful Findof my reviews at Pop Goes The ReaderJen, have a look at this, he said Charissa s family has given Gladdy a free summer at Camp Bentley He plucked the paper out of Gladys hand and passed it to her mom Oh, how generous she exclaimed Honey, what a great opportunity for you to make evenfriends But Gladys didn t wantfriends In fact, she wasn t sure she wanted to keep all the ones she had at the moment.Gladys Gatsby is back and better than ever With her cooking privileges restored and her position as one of the New York Standards s pre eminent restaurant critics still a closely guarded secret, twelve year old Gladys has everything firmly under control and is looking forward to a long, relaxing summer spent combing through cookbooks and researching new recipes But you know what they say about the best laid plans When Gladys new friend, Charissa Bentley, surprises her with an all expenses paid admission to her family s day camp, Camp Bentley The Funnest Camp Ever , Gladys carefree, culinary summer plans quickly go up in flames Believing that camp will provide the perfect opportunity to slip into the city and complete her next newspaper assignment, Gladys agrees and all too soon finds herself having to contend with the perils of swimming lessons, kitchen duty, adolescent authors and opportunistic journalists who will go to any lengths to ensure that her next column is also her last None of this, however, will prepare Gladys for her most daunting challenge of all To find the best hot dog in all of New York City Gladys will have to kiss a lot of frogs or is it eat a lot of dogs before she finds a winner You can do this, she told herself A writer for the world s most famous newspaper doesn t get intimidated by stuff like camp.Tara Dairman changed my life This time last year I was a reluctant middle grade reader at best, largely dismissing books aimed at this age group as too young, too simple, or no longer relevant to my life Then I read All Four Stars In Gladys Gatsby I discovered a bright, plucky, effervescent heroine whose passion and unbridled enthusiasm opened my eyes to a catagory of fiction I thought lost to me forever When I shared my review of the first instalment in this series, All Four Stars, back in June 2014, I made no secret of the fact that I thought Tara Dairman s debut one of the most delightful, enjoyable and entertaining reads in this or any other age designation or genre I largely credit All Four Stars with rekindling my love of middle grade fiction and encouraging me to pick up the spectacular middle grade novels that I read soon afterward, including Hook s Revenge, The Truth About Twinkie Pie and Colonial Madness Much to my delight, Dairman s sopho publication and second in the All Four Stars series, The Stars Of Summer, is no less magical and it was immeasurably wonderful to have the opportunity to catch up with Gladys Gatsby and revisit a world and a cast of characters that have come to mean so much to me This is one middle grade series that is not to be missed Hot dogs She felt like the message had reached out of the computer and slapped her across the face It wasn t just what it said, but the way it was written so harsh and commanding Her editor was usually so much nicer over email.But even if Fiona had written it in her usual friendly way, there would be nothing nice about this message In one fell swoop, Gladys exciting summer filled with delicate pastas and boldly flavoured stews had been ripped away and replaced with salty meat on white bread.Whether making hundreds of baloney and cheese sandwiches for a mess hall of not so happy campers or on a quest to discover New York City s most scrumptious hot dog, Gladys Gatsby pursues everything in her life with an infectious, earnest enthusiasm that the reader can t help but find endlessly enchanting It is this passion and drive that first endeared me to this memorable, loveable protagonist, and I was happy to see that Gladys remained unchanged This was of primary concern for me, as the sudden loss of one s interests in lieu of other considerations is not an uncommon practice in young adult fiction While I can name a number of young adult authors who manage to balance both romance and individuality with a deft hand, such as Morgan Matson and Jessi Kirby, they, unfortunately, prove the exception rather than the rule Suddenly, gone are the singing lessons and dance recitals, the theatre rehearsal and band practice that had once proved such significant elements of the character s lives In middle grade literature, however, where romantic pursuits are given little, if any, consideration, characters are allowed to pursue their interests without inhibition or distraction In fact, they are celebrated for them Throughout The Stars Of Summer Gladys is given the freedom and the support to pursue her passion without recrimination or judgment Gladys parents dug in, comparing this hot dog with the ones they d had earlier Gladys agreed that the flavours were pleasantly surprising But in truth, they weren t half as surprising as the fact that her parents had come in here with her at all Just a few months ago, trying something as crazy and unfamiliar as an Icelandic hot dog would have been unthinkable for them.It was like they were finally growing up.As was the case in The Stars Of Summer s predecessor, Tara Dairman s account of Gladys gastronomical adventures are evocative and rich in mouthwatering detail From a three tiered, strawberry lime birthday cake to steamed lobster claws with fresh dill infused butter sauce, readers should be warned against reading this delectable novel on an empty stomach, lest they find themselves gnawing on the pages in distraction I was admittedly a little disappointed to learn that Sandy Anderson and Parm Singh, Gladys two closest friends, play a largely diminished role in the novel That said, in their absence Dairman is able to focus and build upon a number of familiar relationships first established in All Four Stars, the most notable of which is the fledgling friendship between Gladys and Charissa A relationship initially born solely of convenience and a shared love of food, this attachment is examined in greater depth as Charissa demonstrates previously unexplored insecurities and Gladys learns that, much like the most delicious of dishes, there is oftento something or someone than initially meets the eye The author also introduces a number of vibrant new characters, including Camp Bentley s resident celebrity and literary wunderkind, Hamilton Herbertson, author of the best selling novel, Zombietown, U.S.A Pompous, precocious, and unerringly charming, Hamilton is one of the many highlights of the novel and promises to steal readers hearts as well as every single scene he s in With the inclusion of new characters also comes the inclusion of new types of relationships as Gladys navigates everything from professional commitments and complications to her first kiss While The Stars Of Summer is clearly meant to be marketed toward middle grade readers, Dairman s writing is so clever and the merriment so irresistible as to make this novel the perfect choice for readers both young and young at heart The weeks I spent on this quest taught me that sometimes you have to give things a second chance Sometimes you need to take the time to dig in deeper, to learn about a food s variations and try it under different circumstances If you do, you may discover that what made an unsavoury impression on you the first time around actually has a lotpotential than you think including the potential to bring people with different tastes to the table.Tara Dairman has done it again as twelve year old Gladys Gatsby returns in this charming, riotous and utterly delicious sequel to the author s delightful 2014 debut Tag along as everyone s favourite adolescent chef and restaurant critic explores everything from the shores of Camp Bentley to the streets of New York City as she undertakes her most difficult assignment yet To unearth New York s most delectable hot dog With a thoughtful examination of and emphasis on honesty, friendship, first impressions and second chances, Dairman s sopho release promises to both entertain and educate in equal measure Readers won t be able to help but shout Fudge as they close the final page on the latest instalment of the adventures of Gladys Gatsby, but with a forthcoming sequel already underway, The Stars Of Summer promises to mark not the end, but merely the beginning of a new chapter in the storied life of G Gatsby.Please Note All quotations included in this review have been taken from an advance reader copy and therefore might be subject to change I was so thrilled to receive an advanced reader copy of this book, because my kids and I adored ALL FOUR STARS I was not disappointed The adventures of food critic and budding chef, Gladys Gatsby, continue as she ends up at summer camp where they serve food kids like, such as bologna sandwiches on white bread But never fear campers, Gladys is on the scene And not only is she faced with a cranky camp cook who is hard boiled and set in her ways, but she also has to face the humiliation of lea I was so thrilled to receive an advanced reader copy of this book, because my kids and I adored ALL FOUR STARS I was not disappointed The adventures of food critic and budding chef, Gladys Gatsby, continue as she ends up at summer camp where they serve food kids like, such as bologna sandwiches on white bread But never fear campers, Gladys is on the scene And not only is she faced with a cranky camp cook who is hard boiled and set in her ways, but she also has to face the humiliation of learning to swim, finding ways to fulfill her writing assignment as a food critic, battle a rival critic who s out to ruin her, deal with an egotistical superstar kid author who considers her his muse, and keep up her friendship with her next door neighbor and fellow food schemer, Sandy, who s at karate camp and has no access to technology Sound fun It IS Dairman deftly weaves a plot that s full of surprises, while sprinkling humor on every page I loved the way relationships that were budding in book one blossomed especially the two boy girl friendships my 11 yo son loved this book and her new found bond with her parents One of the themes of the book is that no one is irredeemable, and the book has a heartwarming conclusion that will leave readers thinking twice before they judge someone harshly.But most of all they ll be salivating for the next edition of this yummy series, and saying fudge when they turn the last page In a word SATISFYING I really liked what MS Dairmen did with that first book, All Four Stars It was so cute I ordered the second book, The Stars of Summer It was even better Not often a second in a series beats the first Now I look forward to further adventure os Gladys, Charissa and Hamilton Well done, pass the hot dogs OMG THIS WAS THE BEST SEQUEL TO A BOOK EVERi ship hamilton and gladyscan we figure out a ship name Originally posted on May 7, 2015 on For What It s Worth adored Dairman s debut mid grade book, All Four Stars, about aspiring chef and food critic, 11 year old Gladys Gatsby.The series continues as Glady s juggles her new top secret position as a food critic for the New York Standard s Dining section with an unexpected trip to summer camp.Glady s is thrilled to get cooking detail at Camp Bentley until she meets the very inflexible head cook, Mrs Spin Originally posted on May 7, 2015 on For What It s Worth adored Dairman s debut mid grade book, All Four Stars, about aspiring chef and food critic, 11 year old Gladys Gatsby.The series continues as Glady s juggles her new top secret position as a food critic for the New York Standard s Dining section with an unexpected trip to summer camp.Glady s is thrilled to get cooking detail at Camp Bentley until she meets the very inflexible head cook, Mrs Spinelli Glady s tries to push the boundaries of the bologna on white bread loving campers with little success but she learns to adapt with each challenge she comes up against, even the pretentious celebrity camper, child author, Hamilton Herbertson who ends up being such a sweetie and swimming lessons with the roaring Coach Mike.I love how the author was able to continue Glady s love of all things food while challenging her with new characters and social situations that would test any 12 year old, including her new assignment the seemingly impossible search for the BEST NYC hotdog Will it be Nathan s One of the many NYC cart hotdogs The Icelandic pylsur, the Sonoran, the Thai dog, the Chilean complete Italiano or a last minute surprise contender The Stars of Summer deftly blends adventure, family, friends who are not all cookie cutter perfect which I love , a few twists and gasp sabotage with a feeling of wistfulness, for older readers, of summers past.While All Four Stars hadof a whimsical feel, this book allows Glady s to stumble a bit and learn lessons This would be an excellent book to use as a jumping off point for discussions about friendships, peer pressure and the consequences of lying.Another thing to love about this series is the diversity both with food and characters Read both books with your kids next to a computer or have a notebook handy then go explore all the food and countries mentioned I m going to NYC for BEA in a few weeks and I know I have fewcuisines I want to try after reading.The only weak spot for me as well as in All Four Stars is Glady s parents Maybe I m only seeing it as someone who would LOVE if my child wanted to cook all the time, lol, but I wish they weresupportive of her interests I do think that the author is working towards resolving that as the series progresses though Both the mother, father Glady s stepped out of their comfort zones and bonded a littlein this installment and I can t wait to see how they handle the events that happened at the end of The Stars of Summer in the next book

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