Ready, Set, Dough!

­Listening Library. Oct. 2023. 355p. $15. ISBN 9780593747711.
Gr 4-6–Chameleonic, prolific favorite Turpin has plenty of spot-on attitude to enliven not just sixth-grader Zoe—her last name is Sparks with good reason!—but also the rest of her family and friends drawn into her scheme to finally get her “dream laptop.” Zoe’s an aspiring journalist in desperate need of a functioning screen. Her parents can’t afford a new computer, but serendipitously, the coveted Horizon WordPro GT is the top prize for the top seller of cookie dough for the school’s fundraiser. Zoe’s determination is ferocious—which makes her oblivious to the needs and struggles of those she cares about most, including her hardworking parents, her could-be-remarkably talented brother, her swim star best friend. Turpin, however, ensures every voice gets thoroughly, recognizably heard.
VERDICT Baptist’s latest gets aurally elevated, thanks to Turpin’s triumphant tenacity.

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