Now back at home, the girls of Flowerpot cabin find themselves yearning for the sweet friendships of Moonlight Ranch summer camp to help them through some rough patches.
Romance angst prompts Hannah, the white Flowerpot counselor, to bake cookies in hopes of soothing her broken heart. She also mails a box to mixed-race (Chinese and white) Grace, who desperately needs a little wisdom in the wake of a recent dogsitting fiasco. This prompts a whirlwind of cookie boxes and letters winging across the country. Whether it’s a box of strawberry-thumbprint cookies for white Emma, who’s dealing with the loss of her great-grandmother, or lemon cookies for African-American Olivia, trying to leverage her social media profile, each box arrives just at the right time. And even though white Lucy’s cinnamon cookies arrive underbaked, they are perfect for when her estranged father reappears on the scene. Freeman tackles issues such as honesty, depression, grief, and the pressures of the digital age with finesse. And while sugary treats are nice, friendship is the real salve. Separate sections allow each girl to tell her own story. And a quartet of included recipes invites readers to share their own “flour power.”
Even away from camp, the Flowerpot campers blossom. (Fiction. 8-12)