A funny and big-hearted story about a kid trying to find the best way to be his best self.
Elliott has been struggling since his closest friend moved away, and he's not too sure where he fits into his own family, especially since his newly remarried dad and stepmom are expecting a baby. His grades aren't too great, he's always forgetting things, and he doesn't really like sports. All together, the result is someone the complete opposite of his dad--a fact they're both very aware of. Elliott's only solace is cooking, where he can control the outcome, testing exciting recipes and watching his favorite cooking shows.
When he's paired with the super smart and popular Maribel for a school-wide project, Elliott worries they won't see eye to eye. But Maribel is also looking for a new way to show others her true self and this project could be the chance they've both been waiting for. Sometimes the least likely friends help you see a new side to things . . . and sometimes you have to make a few mistakes before you figure out what's right.
Age range: 8-13
Grade level: 3-8
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Art by Mirelle Ortega, design by Jeanette Levy
2023 Schneider Family Book Award Honor Book
AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
Junior Library Guild selection
Washington Post Kids Summer Book Club selection
Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award List
Georgia State Book Award Nominee, 2024
Maryland BlackEyed Susan Award List
Vermont Golden Dome Book Award List
★ Kirkus, starred review
★ Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ Booklist, starred review
★ School Library Journal, starred review