by Tara Dairman
Published by G.P.Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin!
This book is the first in a wonderful, fun, delicious series about a young foodie named Gladys Gatsby. When we meet 11-year-old Gladys in All Four Stars, she has accidentally lit the kitchen curtains on fire while making crème brûlée in her family’s kitchen. Her parents, horrible cooks themselves, ban Gladys from cooking, and urge her to use her time to make friends as she begins 5th grade.
But Gladys loves to cook, and it’s not as easy to make friends as one might think, especially for shy, awkward Gladys.
In a case of mistaken identity, Gladys’ entry in the 5th grade essay contest gets sent to the food editor of the New York Standard newspaper, and Gladys gets hired as the newest restaurant critic, although the editor has no idea how old Gladys is.