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Midsummer's Mayhem Paperback – Import, 4 May 2021

4.6 out of 5 stars 202 ratings

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A delectable treat for food and literary connoisseurs alike. ― Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

What a wonderful, intriguing, and magical book. And wow, did it ever get my tastebuds going! Each time I picked it up, I felt the urge to head to my kitchen. . . . What I loved most was the smartness of it. It never once doubted its young readers. ― Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor- and National Book Award-Nominated author

Midsummer's Mayhem is an enchantment of a novel, bursting with magic, mystery, and mouth-watering baked goods. Readers who have their own baking-show dreams will be cheering for Mimi until the very last page. ― Kate Messner, award-winning author of Breakout, The Seventh Wish, and All the Answers

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 an almost-throwaway reference in Shakespeare's 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 New York Times-bestselling Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond 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 and Halfway Normal

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

Rajani LaRocca has concocted a delectable story about family, friendship, baking, and magic that readers are sure to devour! Relatable, lovable Mimi is easy to root for, and LaRocca brings the whole cast of characters to life with her deft descriptions and realistic dialogue. Readers will delight in Midsummer's Mayhem! ― Erin Dionne, author of Lights, Camera, Disaster!

An absolute delight-LaRocca's delectable debut is whimsical, frothy, and so much fun. An inventive take on a classic comedy, Midsummer's Mayhem is a sweetly-told tale of family, friendship, and following your passion. This is a book for the dreamers and doers alike; effervescent, full of heart, and ultimately joyful. ― Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of Two Naomis and Eighth-Grade Superzero

This riff on A Midsummer Night's Dream is heartfelt and ridiculously fun. Mimi, sweet as sugar with a heart of gold, creates as many problems as she solves, but readers will be cheering for her and her family the whole way. ― Booklist

An entertaining and epicurean retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream. . . . Strikes a perfect balance between the pleasant and the melancholy, as sweet and savory as one of Mimi's confections. ― Shelf Awareness

About the Author

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute dog. She earned a BA and an MD from Harvard, and spends her time writing novels and picture books, practicing medicine, and baking too many sweet treats. Midsummer's Mayhem is her debut novel. Find her online at RajaniLaRocca.com and on Twitter and Instagram @rajanilarocca.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Yellow Jacket (4 May 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1499810644
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1499810646
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 318 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 3.56 x 20.96 cm
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Bunny B
4.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare's classic play with a Sweet Tooth
Reviewed in Germany on 1 September 2019
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shari sawyers
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully funny, sweet, and magical!
Reviewed in the United States on 4 July 2019
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Belle’s Middle Grade
5.0 out of 5 stars So AMAZING!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on 31 August 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars So AMAZING!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on 31 August 2021
This was superb! I am in love with this book! It got a big book hug when I finished reading it! I devoured this utterly delicious read-I read the last 60% in 1 sitting. You have mystery, magic, friendship, an adorable family, FOOD, & some Shakespeare with mythology & fairies! Lol

There is also one of the best MC ever. She is so relatable, & you are rooting for her the whole way. To the youngest siblings out there(🙋🏻‍♀️)who may feel like they never fit in with the rest of their family, or feel like they’re never good enough or can’t even compare to their siblings-this book is for you! Those are all normal feelings, but you just have to find your own path & believe in yourself as much as you believe in everyone else. So many amazing messages & life lessons in here.

And the BAKING! OMG! I had to restrain myself or Mimi & her amazing baked treats would have made me gain 10 pounds. I still might, because there are recipes from the book in the very back! How awesome is that! I’ve had another author do that before, & I absolutely love it. I appreciate that, & think it’s awesome when authors go the extra mile & add things, no matter how big or small. Love it. The author is also so helpful! Also in the back are baking terms & their meanings, what different herbs & spices are, & even a description of Indian foods mentioned. Mimi comes from a big Indian-American family, & there are so many amazing sounding Indian dishes mentioned, & I can’t wait to try some.

I loved also how this shows how a real family life is-fighting siblings, an over worked mom, a struggling younger sibling, etc.. Mimi not only struggles with feeling invisible & not good enough, but her best friend(& only friend really)recently moved to Australia. Poor kid, she pulled at my heart strings. I loved seeing her connect so strongly with Vik, & watching that friendship flourish. I wish I could read a zillion more books following Mimi, but I’m so happy I got this time with her. HIGHLY recommend! Just started the companion book, & I’m loving it so far too! STUNNING cover & full page illustrations sprinkled throughout by Rachel Suggs as well!💜
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Beth Schmelzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut MG Novel!
Reviewed in the United States on 6 October 2019
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Syd Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrumptious
Reviewed in the United States on 17 August 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scrumptious
Reviewed in the United States on 17 August 2019
I can’t help but use words like delicious and sweet and scrumptious to describe this book. But also that does it a bit of a disservice because it’s so much more. Surface level—very relatable for middle graders who have definitely seen cooking competition shows on TV. Same for the family and friend complexities, showing difficulties but also the positives. And then, then! Shakespeare and ancient Indian lore, complete with Banyan trees and a Shakespeare quoting thespian. So much going on, and deftly handled by an excellent writer.

Wonderful.
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