All You Knead Is Love
by Guerrero, Tanya

Reluctantly spending the summer with her estranged grandmother in Barcelona, 12-year-old Alba discovers a supportive network of new friends and a passion for baking that she hopes may heal her troubled family. 35,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Tanya Guerrero is Filipino and Spanish by birth, but has been fortunate enough to call three countries home: the Philippines, Spain, and the United States. Currently, she lives in a shipping container home in the suburbs of Manila with her husband, daughter, and a menagerie of rescued cats and dogs. In her free time, she grows her own food, bakes bread, and reads. How to Make Friends with the Sea was her debut novel.

Sent by her mother to live with Abuela Lola in Barcelona, half-Filipino, half-Spanish Alba leaves New York feeling heartbroken, but in Barcelona, she finds a bright beginning with Abuela Lola and new friends and neighbors. By chance, Alba begins learning how to make bread at a local bakery with Toni, her mother's childhood friend. Baking brings her calm and joy, and when the bakery is threatened with closing, she and her loved ones must work together to save the shop. And as Alba finally lets down her walls, she is able to be there for her mother, who has finally left Alba's abusive father. As Guerrero explores the difficulties and heartbreak associated with an abusive family member, the emotions that define Alba at the beginning-fear, rejection, hopelessness-transform into strength, hope, and love. A cast of unique characters, beautiful surroundings, and delicious food will have readers wishing they were part of Alba's world. A positive title about dealing with heartbreaking difficulties as well as the possibility of second chances and new beginnings. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Twelve-year-old Alba Green is sent to Barcelona to live with her estranged grandmother. Ever since she was a little girl, Alba has been running away. She always returned home to her cold, indifferent mother and abusive father, though, because she had nowhere else to go. When Alba's mother sends her away to Barcelona to live with the maternal grandmother she hasn't seen since she was small, thanks to her father's controlling behavior, Alba at first meets her Abuela Lola's warmth and kindness with suspicion. Slowly, however, she begins to accept her new reality, making friends and learning to bake bread with the owner of the local bakery. Despite feeling lost and unsure of herself, Alba grows in confidence-not only in terms of her gender-neutral personal style, which her parents disapproved of, but also in her passion for bread-making-and she begins to carve out small moments of happiness for herself. Everything comes to a halt when an unexpected visitor arrives in Barcelona and Alba learns her favorite bakery is in jeopardy. Layered with explorations of topics such as family dynamics, abuse, and identity, Alba's first-person narrative is one of growth, forgiveness, and acceptance. Vivid descriptions of people, places, aromas, and food bring to life a colorful and beautiful multicultural neighborhood in Spain where English, Spanish, Catalan, Tagalog, and Mandarin intermingle. Alba is one-quarter Spanish, one-quarter Filipina, and presumably half White. A delightful read. (glossary) (Fiction. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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