Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tween Tuesday Review: Naples!

One night a great-aunt shows up unexpectedly. Zia Donatella loves cooking.  Alfie and Emilia join her in the kitchen.  Zia Donatella starts talking about Naples, the sights and sounds on the streets. Then she urges the siblings to imagine themselves there before taking a bite of zeppole.

One moment, Alfie and Emilia are in their kitchen and the next, they're not.  They find themselves in a pizzeria, where they spot a boy their age.

He confirms their suspicion that they are indeed in Naples, Italy. Unsure what else to do, they tag along with him to the market. It's festival night in Naples; the judges are looking for the best pizza. Marco's family is determined to win back the title.  Can the siblings help save the day and get back home? 
My Thoughts: The first in a new series for tweens filled with food, adventure, and fun. I loved reading about the streets of Naples and learning more about the city. I liked Marco's views on making pizza and his belief in the market-place for the best ingredients. I liked how the three tried to lose the spy following them, through the catacombs. I liked learning about the family drama understanding more about the tradition of pizza. A fast read with fun sketches that liven the excitement of the book. I'm looking forward to where the siblings travel next. 

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: ARC from BEA
Publication Date: September 3rd

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