The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

35442700After his fathers death, Jordan and his mother attempt to get their old food truck running again. When things don’t go exactly as planned, Max, who is practically a stranger, attempts to save the day. Readers follow Max and Jordan as they quickly become food truck connoisseurs and maybe more than strangers. Throughout the book, both main characters attempt to overcome serious issues, including mental illness and sexual assault. If you enjoy realistic fiction (or prickly pear), give this book a try!


How to Cook: Delicious Dishes Perfect for Teen Cooks


Title:  How to Cook: Delicious Dishes Perfect for Teen Cooks

Author: DK publishing

Summary:  What’s good about this cookbook?  This colorful cookbook has a wide selection of recipes including soup and salads, breakfast foods, main dishes, snacks, and desserts.   It also features dishes from a variety of cultures from Indian Curry to Vietnamese Pad Thai and Arabic Falafel.  Another plus, is that all the recipes have a color photo of the finished product. While there is a bit of basic cooking instruction, this cookbook is really for those who are ready to move beyond basic boil and microwave instructions to make healthy home-cooked meals.  More difficult recipes are broken down into step-by-step instruction while simple ones are presented in paragraph form.  Some of my favorite recipes include the Minestrone soup, Croque Monsieur, Jambalaya, and Tomato and Olive Pie.

Who will like this book: Budding chefs looking to expand their recipe repertoire. Anyone who is looking for a wide-variety of relatively healthy, easy-to-follow recipes.

If you like this, try this: Rachael Ray’s Look + Cook by Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri Food: Cookin’ it, Livin’ it, and Lovin’ It by Guy Fieri.

Recommended by: Jen, Fairfield Woods Branch Teen Librarian