Midsummer's Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca
From Yellow Jacket Books:
Can Mimi undo the mayhem caused by her baking in this contemporary-fantasy retelling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
An aspiring baker, eleven-year-old Mimi Mackson is drawn into the woods behind her house by a mysterious song, where she 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 . . .
Praise for Midsummer’s Mayhem:
“Midsummer’s Mayhem is a delightful confection of a family story full of heart, magic, and a baking championship with mysteriously high stakes! LaRocca takes Shakespeare’s almost-throwaway reference to Queen Titania’s Indian changeling boy from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and reclaims it by having a multiracial Indian-American family at the center of her tale. Mimi’s pluck, gentle courage, and knack for combining flavors will capture readers’ hearts, imaginations, and undoubtedly, taste buds!”—Sayantani DasGupta, author of the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series
“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! LaRocca’s debut novel entices and bewitches—I dare you not to fall under its spell.” —Tara Dairman, author of The Great Hibernation and the award-winning All Four Stars series
“Absolutely scrumptious! I fell in love with this book and devoured it in one day. LaRocca crafts a spell of tricky fairies, lovable mortals, and heartfelt magic. Mimi is determined, resourceful, and unfailingly kind. Perfect for aspiring bakers, younger siblings, or anyone with a passion.”—Anna Meriano, author of the Love Sugar Magic series
“Taking its inspiration from one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Midsummer’s Mayhem is a sweet and fun story about mistaken identity, bumpy romance, and the everyday magic of baking.”—Barbara Dee, author of Star-Crossed