Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca audiobook

Midsummer’s Mayhem

By Rajani LaRocca
Directed by Cassandra de Cuir  and Jordan Ferrin
Read by Ariana Delawari

Blackstone Publishing 9781499808889

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982689421

  • ISBN: 9781982689414

  • ISBN: 9781982689438

Runtime: 7.65 Hours
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English

Summary

Summary

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of the Year for Middle Graders

An Indies Introduce Pick for Middle Grade for Summer/Fall 2019

Can Mimi undo the mayhem caused by her baking in this contemporary fantasy retelling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

Eleven-year-old Mimi Mackson comes from a big Indian American family: Dad’s a renowned food writer, Mom’s a successful businesswoman, and her three older siblings all have their own respective accomplishments. It’s easy to feel invisible in such an impressive family, but Mimi’s dream of proving she’s not the least talented member of her family seems possible when she discovers a contest at the new bakery in town. Plus, it’ll start her on the path to becoming a celebrity chef like her culinary idol, Puffy Fay.

But when Mimi’s dad returns from a business trip, he’s mysteriously lost his highly honed sense of taste. Without his help, Mimi will never be able to bake something impressive enough to propel her to gastronomic fame.

Drawn into the woods behind her house by a strangely familiar song, Mimi meets Vik, a boy who brings her to parts of the forest she’s never seen. Who knew there were banyan trees and wild boars in Massachusetts? Together they discover exotic ingredients and bake them into delectable and enchanting treats.

But as her dad acts stranger every day, and her siblings’ romantic entanglements cause trouble in their town, Mimi begins to wonder whether the ingredients she and Vik found are somehow the cause of it all. She needs to use her skills, deductive and epicurean, to uncover what’s happened. In the process, she learns that in life, as in baking, not everything is sweet.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“You don’t need to be a Shakespeare fan to enjoy this modern fantasy twist on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the third act (so to speak) takes a wonderful, unexpected turn.” IndieBound
“Original and compelling. The realistic characters and complex family dynamics augment the tightly knit plot…A delectable treat.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Enchantment reigns, yet the author’s exploration of family, friendship, and self-esteem are firmly grounded in reality.” Publishers Weekly
“A sensitive and thoughtful novel that addresses family dynamics and self-confidence…Readers will relate to Mimi’s attempts to stand out and find her place.” School Library Journal
“Narrator Ariana Delawari’s childlike pitch and pacing perfectly capture the magical realism of this delicious spin on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream…Delawari gives distinct voices to Mimi’s older siblings and slight accents to the anachronistic bakery staff. Bird songs in the forest heighten the mood of otherworldly wonder.” AudioFile
“This riff on A Midsummer Night’s Dream is heartfelt and ridiculously fun. Mimi, sweet as sugar with a heart of gold, creates as many problems as she solves, but readers will be cheering for her and her family the whole way.” Booklist
“A sweet and fun story about mistaken identity, bumpy romance, and the everyday magic of baking.” Barbara Dee, author of Star-Crossed and Halfway Normal
“Laugh-out-loud funny one moment and mouthwateringly delicious the next, Midsummer’s Mayhem is an utter pleasure to consume from the very first page.” Tara Dairman, author of The Great Hibernation

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Rajani LaRocca

Author Bio: Rajani LaRocca

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute dog. She earned a BA and an MD from Harvard, and spends her time writing novels and picture books, practicing medicine, and baking too many sweet treats. Midsummer’s Mayhem is her first novel. Find her online at RajaniLaRocca.com and on Twitter and Instagram @rajanilarocca.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 7.65
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English