The Great Peach Experiment: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Peach Pie

Pixel+Ink. (Great Peach Experiment: Bk. 1). Apr. 2021. 256p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781645950349.
Gr 3-6–Lucy Peach and her two younger brothers, Freddy and Herb, have been navigating the last two years pretty much on their own since their mother died of cancer. Their grieving father has buried himself deep into his work as a geology professor at the local university. As summer vacation approaches, the kids are told that their father has spontaneously purchased a used food truck and the summer will be spent peddling peach pie around the Midwest using their great-aunt Lucinda’s recipe. Knowing nothing about the business, the family embarks on an adventure together with the goal of winning the Ohio Food Truck Festival grand prize of $10,000 at the end of the summer. Father Peach is a real stickler for maintaining a schedule, and the kids are once again lost in the shuffle of his ideas and demands. It isn’t until Lucy finally finds her voice that things begin to change. Told in third-person perspective, this coming-of-age novel delves deep into the feelings of all three Peach children and the aftermath of losing such an integral person in the family. All characters are cued as white.
VERDICT A solid purchase for libraries where novels dealing with grief, family, and finding one’s voice are needed.

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