Sage Cookson's Sweet Escape by Sally Murphy
Published by New Frontier Publishing
Sage Cookson is the daughter of cooking gurus who gets to travel around the world with her parents and entourage as they film segments for their famous TV show. In this book, a trip to a remote region of Western Australia has the family hijacked and stranded in the bush by a Masterchef -style maniac
Murphy is excellent at making trouble for her characters and not rescuing them to early, building tension and surprise. For a first book in the series, she sets up Sage's world with just the perfect balance of information and action so that the story flows seamlessly. The relationship between Sage and her friend is nicely drawn, with realistic use of texting technology for their long-distance relationship. I like that Mum and Dad are also front and centre in the action, with all of the characters having a part to play.
Each of the short chapters starts with a sketched illustration by Celeste Hulme as a heading, and the book ends with a recipe for 'Cheat's Chocolate Fondant'. Yum!
Despite this book's pretty pink and purple cover, the story will appeal as much to boys as it will to girls. I am looking forward to more spicy stories with Ginger, (Mum) Basil (Dad) and Sage Cookson :)
Sage has her own website at Sage Cookson
This chapter book for 6 - 10 year olds has a lot of appeal - interesting characters, mystery, adventure, and chocolate! What's not to love?
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Sally Murphy
Illustrator: Celeste Hulme
Title: Sage Cookson’s Sweet Escape
Publisher: New Frontier
Published: July 2016