Death by Eggplant

Susan Heyboer O'Keefe

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All Bertie wants to do is cook. Well, actually, become a Certified Master Chef, host his own prime-time cooking show, own a four-star restaurant, and write a best-selling cookbook. Cooking is Bertie’s big secret. His business-obsessed dad wants him to become an accountant. His New Age mom wants him to become a dream analyst. His math teacher wants him to repeat eighth grade. And his mortal enemy just wants him dead. Will Bertie find the courage to reveal his passion for cooking? Will his bravery win him the girl? Will he turn the tables on the class bully and get his revenge? Or will Bertie chicken out and spend the rest of his life analyzing the dreams of his fellow accountants?

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DAY ONE

"And for his extraordinary culinary skills, the world’s first-ever Nobel Prize in Cooking goes to—Bertram Hooks!"

It was last-period math, with summer vacation close enough to touch. My daydream was just getting to the part where the cute cooking groupies show me around Stockholm after the awards dinner. Then Mrs. Menendez’s voice went up a notch, and the groupies vanished. Algebra could scare anyone away.

The incredible chef Jacques Pépin was only thirteen, my age, when he began his cooking apprenticeship, but that was France.

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“The narrator of O’Keefe’s appealingly outlandish novel is an aspiring young chef who prepares extravagant meals for his workaholic actuary father and his eccentric mother. . . . A soupcon of silliness and hefty helpings of genuine humor will whet the appetites of young readers who crave light yet satisfying fare.”—Publishers Weekly

“This novel cooks along at a rolling boil. . . . Bertie’s turmoil as he works through issues of self-esteem and identity are well done. O’Keefe keeps the comic tension simmering through slightly improbable yet entertaining plot twists and tosses in lots of great food info in the process. Serve this one up to readers looking for a laugh.”—School Library Journal

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Susan Heyboer O'Keefe

SUSAN HEYBOER O’KEEFE is the author of more than a dozen books for children, including the best-selling counting book One Hungry Monster. She lives in Edgewater, NJ.

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Death by Eggplant
Susan Heyboer O'Keefe

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
January 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312602413
ISBN10: 0312602413
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 144 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7 Information for Librarians

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F&P Level A-Z: T
AR Quiz Number: 84348
AR Points: 4

$6.99

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Roaring Brook Press
January 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429946315
ISBN10: 1429946318
Middle-Grade Fiction144 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 720L
AR Book Level: 3.7
AR Points: 0.5

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