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From the Five Nights at Freddy's series

Good, creepy culinary fun.

A thrills-and-chills adventure in cooking.

Get ready to explore the creepy Freddy Fazbear’s Mega Pizzaplex while learning to how to make several dozen recipes, all of which are based on the Five Nights at Freddy’s game franchise. The book opens with kitchen safety guidelines before presenting recipes that are organized into eight categories, each named after a character from the games. The opening chapter, “Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza,” includes treats such as Freddy Fazbear’s Pepperoni X-Press, for which readers make dough and sauce from scratch, adding capers and arugula as garnishes. (Not all the recipes are so ambitious: The breakfast section includes Moondrop’s Blueberry Pancakes.) Next comes “Bonnie’s Burgers & Subs,” which has recipes for everything from the titular menu items to Zingy Salmon Lemongrass Skewers. “Foxy’s Pork Plates” has an impressive selection of pork dishes. The book also includes some vegetarian dishes, such as The Puppet’s V-egg-ie Benedict and others that can be made vegetarian, as with Glamrock Freddy’s Mac ’n’ Cheese, which calls for optional chorizo. The cookbook closes with desserts and beverages. The recipes are accompanied by stylish yet eerie photos, frequently with a famous animatronic character looming in the background. Fake newspaper clippings with disturbing headlines (“Five children now reported missing. Suspect convicted”) and deceptively bright and cheery graphics contribute to the foreboding mood. With an array of different recipes from healthy to indulgent, this work offers a wide range of readers something that appeals.

Good, creepy culinary fun. (photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: Oct. 24, 2023

ISBN: 9781338851298

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Dec. 12, 2023

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From the Pocket Change Collective series

Small but mighty necessary reading.

A miniature manifesto for radical queer acceptance that weaves together the personal and political.

Eli, a cis gay white Jewish man, uses his own identities and experiences to frame and acknowledge his perspective. In the prologue, Eli compares the global Jewish community to the global queer community, noting, “We don’t always get it right, but the importance of showing up for other Jews has been carved into the DNA of what it means to be Jewish. It is my dream that queer people develop the same ideology—what I like to call a Global Queer Conscience.” He details his own isolating experiences as a queer adolescent in an Orthodox Jewish community and reflects on how he and so many others would have benefitted from a robust and supportive queer community. The rest of the book outlines 10 principles based on the belief that an expectation of mutual care and concern across various other dimensions of identity can be integrated into queer community values. Eli’s prose is clear, straightforward, and powerful. While he makes some choices that may be divisive—for example, using the initialism LGBTQIAA+ which includes “ally”—he always makes clear those are his personal choices and that the language is ever evolving.

Small but mighty necessary reading. (resources) (Nonfiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-09368-9

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 28, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2020

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From the Pocket Change Collective series

Brief yet inspirational, this story will galvanize youth to use their voices for change.

Teen environmental activist and founder of the nonprofit Hannah4Change, Testa shares her story and the science around plastic pollution in her fight to save our planet.

Testa’s connection to and respect for nature compelled her to begin championing animal causes at the age of 10, and this desire to have an impact later propelled her to dedicate her life to fighting plastic pollution. Starting with the history of plastic and how it’s produced, Testa acknowledges the benefits of plastics for humanity but also the many ways it harms our planet. Instead of relying on recycling—which is both insufficient and ineffective—she urges readers to follow two additional R’s: “refuse” and “raise awareness.” Readers are encouraged to do their part, starting with small things like refusing to use plastic straws and water bottles and eventually working up to using their voices to influence business and policy change. In the process, she highlights other youth advocates working toward the same cause. Short chapters include personal examples, such as observations of plastic pollution in Mauritius, her maternal grandparents’ birthplace. Testa makes her case not only against plastic pollution, but also for the work she’s done, resulting in something of a college-admissions–essay tone. Nevertheless, the first-person accounts paired with science will have an impact on readers. Unfortunately, no sources are cited and the lack of backmatter is a missed opportunity.

Brief yet inspirational, this story will galvanize youth to use their voices for change. (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: Oct. 13, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-22333-8

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: July 26, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2020

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