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Author: Vivian, Siobhan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Year Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781481452328
Grades: Grades 7-12

Stay Sweet

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Creative writing teacher and prolific young adult author Siohban Vivian writes an empowering novel about girls with big dreams. The Meade Creamery, a local ice cream stand at Sand Lake, has been completely run by high school girls since it was established in 1944 by Molly Meade as a way to cheer up her friends while their boyfriends were away at war.  Amelia is thrilled to be chosen as ‘Head Girl’ this summer, but when Molly suddenly dies, her plans for success are soon altered. The arrival of Grady, the grandnephew who has inherited the business and who is a college student studying ‘Business’, as well as conflicts between Amelia and her best friend Cate, adds drama to this quick read. Uninterested in the creamery’s traditions, Grady looks at improving the company’s bottom line, insisting that Amelia help him find the recipes and produce the famous ice cream.  The author sets the theme with a prologue about what the Creamery stands for, then inserts diary passages that parallel Molly’s World War II romance and entrepreneurship with Amelia’s account of this summer of changes. Middle grade and young adult girls will enjoy this satisfying novel about first love, entrepreneurship, and sweet ice cream.

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