Waiting On…All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine!

This week I’m waiting on…

Title All Four Stars
Author Tara Dairman
Pages 288 Pages
Genre Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction
Publisher Putnam Juvenile
To Be Published July 10th, 2014
Find It On Goodreads

Meet Gladys Gatsby: New York’s toughest restaurant critic. (Just don’t tell anyone that she’s in sixth grade.)

Gladys Gatsby has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, only her fast-food-loving parents have no idea! Now she’s eleven, and after a crème brûlée accident (just a small fire), Gladys is cut off from the kitchen (and her allowance). She’s devastated but soon finds just the right opportunity to pay her parents back when she’s mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world.

But in order to meet her deadline and keep her dream job, Gladys must cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy and sneak into New York City — All while keeping her identity a secret! Easy as pie, right?

I love food. It’s really that simple. I’m not above spending a little more for a truly decadent, transcendent bite. From Top Chef to Ratatouille, I love watching television shows and films that centre around it. Most of all? I love reading about it. Admittedly, I don’t read books in the middle grade genre as often as I would like, but when I stumbled upon Tara Dairman’s upcoming 2014 debut, All Four Stars, on Goodreads, I knew that this was one that I could not miss. Everything about this book’s concept is absolutely delightful. I love the fact that the novel centres around a critic (Go figure, eh?), particularly given the protagonist’s rather unusual circumstances. When you combine this with secret identities and an unlikely partnership with one’s archenemy, you have a recipe for a positively delicious novel. Oh, don’t look at me like that. You know I had to do it!

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday post has been brought to you by Ratatouille – Because I’ll use any excuse to make a Disney reference.


10 responses to “Waiting On…All Four Stars by Tara Dairman”

  1. Alexa S. says:

    All Four Stars looks absolutely ADORABLE. I love the sound of the story too, especially because it involves FOOD (which is one of my favorite things EVER). I’d not heard of this book, but I’m glad you included it in one of your WOW posts!

    Also, I love cooking shows or cooking contests. They’re so fun! Have you ever watched The Taste? It’s pretty cool. And I also love Masterchef Junior!
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  2. MJ says:

    This looks so cute. I love the idea, and will probably pick it up!

    Adorable pick!

    MJ @ MJ Reads
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  3. Oh my gosh I am a total sucker for foodie novels and an occasional reader of Middle Grade books but this is absolutely going on my TBR. TOO CUTE. Thanks for sharing!
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  4. Amy Finnegan says:

    I’ve read this ARC, and I LOVVVVED it!! It’s crazy adorable, and you’ll want to be cooking (or more accurately, eating) the entire time that you’re reading it. Good choice for a “Waiting on Wednesday” pick! (I’m gonna go tell the author — we’re agency mates!)

  5. Lefty says:

    Oh my goodness, I’ve never heard of this! It sounds freakin wonderful. Usually MG isn’t my thing, but this sounds hilarious and unique. Great selection. Thanks for making this known to me 🙂
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  6. Missie says:

    This sounds really cute!
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  7. Great pick! This sounds like a really cute read, may have to hunt this down for my cousin as it sounds like something she would love. Any excuse for Disney references is a good excuse! My WoW
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  8. Tara Dairman says:

    Thank you again for highlighting ALL FOUR STARS today, Jen! And thanks to everyone who has commented enthusiastically about wanting to read it. I hope you all enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it. 🙂

  9. Frasier says:

    You picked the cutest book ever I feel. I cannot wait to read this book, and in all honesty WoW rarely do that for me, because my TBR list is already super long. But this one? I ran to put on my TBR. Also, A+ gif usage.
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  10. I’m not really a big Middle Grader reader, but this one sounds really adorable! I love the cover – and the summary just strikes me as delightful. I’m glad you highlighted it because I probably would never have considered it otherwise.
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