<h2>Meet Erin, her puppy Sausage and friends as they swap recipes and pots for clues and culprits and try to solve the mystery of why their cookery club is closing and save it for everyone. The fourth middle-grade book from Waterstones-shortlisted author Ewa Jozefkowicz about family, friendship and self-discovery, touching on themes of food poverty and online bullying.</h2><p>Skipton House Community Centre may look ramshackle, but it is soon at the heart of Erin's life – especially the cooking club. When the building is suddenly threatened with closure, Erin and her new friends, Tanya, Frixos, and Sam, form The Cooking Club Detectives. Can they, and their four-legged assistant, Sausage, uncover who the mystery culprit is and save Skipton?</p><p>A beautifully observed 9+ story about the power of food and the importance of community.</p>
<p>Meet Erin, her puppy Sausage and friends as they swap recipes and pots for clues and culprits and try to solve the mystery of why their cookery club is closing. A middle grade book about family, friendship and self-discovery.</p>
'When it is out-out, [<i>The Cooking Club Detectives</i>] will be one children will be flocking to in droves! Tackling food poverty and online bullying head on, and featuring a puppy called Sausage (I can't even speak for the genius of it all), I dare to defy anyone who will not instantly fall in love with Erin and her fellow detective buddies'
Onjali Q. Rauf
'A gently unfolding detective story that delicately unpacks themes of food poverty, friendship and the importance of community spaces ... The writing gives space for a range of perspectives and characters' background stories to be heard (as well as their recipes!)'
BooksforTopics, Ones to Watch - Middle Grade Round-up for Summer 2021
'A warm and engaging story with appealing characters. Many themes are explored such as settling into a new school and making friends, including with those whose lifestyle is very different from your own'
Books for Keeps
'This story is a powerful reflection of our time, building empathy and strength ... <i>The Cooking Club Detectives</i> is sure to inspire children to make a difference in their communities'
Scope for the Imagination
'A beautifully observed story about the power of food and friendship'
Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
'This delightful detective story has an engaging plot and likable characters. It subtly explores new friendships, the importance of community and issues of food poverty and online bullying. Easy-to-follow recipes for delicious meals and snacks are dotted throughout the chapters, encouraging readers to develop their own culinary skills'
'Celebrating the importance of community, family and friends, this is a lovely, warm-hearted story that shows how food can bring people together. The story is interspersed with some great recipes you can try out, such as banana bread, fajitas, mini 'eaglet' omelettes and pizza'
The Week Junior
'Sensitively tackling themes of online bullying and food poverty, this is a heartfelt story about the importance of community and the power of food to connect people. With recipes dotted throughout the story, [it] is also perfect for encouraging children to get active in the kitchen'
Scotland on Sunday
<p>The fourth middle grade novel by Waterstones-shortlisted author Ewa Jozefkowicz, the Jacqueline Wilson for the next generation.</p>
<p>Weaves mystery and adventure into a story about the power of food, friendship, family and community.</p>
<p>Easy, tasty recipes sprinkled throughout.</p>
<p>Cover artwork by Katy Riddell.</p>
<p>CBMC code: D3F79 </p>
<p>MARKET: Jacqueline Wilson; Cathy Cassidy; Liz Kessler. </p>