soup of the day: a recipe 4 robbery by marybeth kelsey!

photo by EssjayNZ


Have you heard the good news?

Marybeth Kelsey’s second middle grade novel, A Recipe 4 Robbery (Greenwillow, 2009), is officially out today! WooHoo!!

     A RECIPE 4 ROBBERY by Marybeth Kelsey (Greenwillow, 2009),
     Fiction for ages 8-12, 288 pp.

I don’t know about you, but a book with the word, "recipe" in the title sounds awfully good to me. Actually, I just read the first eight chapters at the publisher’s website, and it looks like Marybeth has cooked up a fun, fast paced mystery caper with just the right ingredients to satisfy readers 8 – 12.   

        Cukes everywhere are doin’ the Marybeth happy dance!
        (photo by sujuzspace)

First, there’s ten-year-old Lindy Lou Phillips, who’s sworn off vegetables for the annual Bloomsberry Cucumber Festival. That includes dressing up like one (her mom’s a carrot, and her dad and brother are beets), as well as eating them. But alas and alack, a plate full of gross, slimy, disgusting stewed cucumbers prepared by the dotty Mrs. Unger is forced upon her, and she is obligated to try them.

Add to the mix, Lindy’s best friend, Margaret; know-it-all, Gus Kinnard (who’s definitely not her boyfriend!); a desire to go to band camp, and a messy run-in with snotty Cucumber Festival Princess, Angel Grimstone (strawberry shortcake is involved).

Next, slip in a key ingredient: the discovery of a valuable stolen locket in the cucumber sludge! Knowing full well there’s no way Mrs. Unger, aka, Granny Goose, could be guilty, the three friends set out to find who could have framed her and why. Could it be flamboyant François, the French chef? Or Leonard, the Grimstone’s sullen gardener?

A hefty reward looms on the horizon, as the trio adopts a strategy laid out by the NSCCB (Not-So-Clueless-Crimebusters). The narrative moves along at a brisk pace, and readers will be captivated by Lindy’s authentic voice and humor from the outset. Sprinkle in a mischievous, shiny-object-loving goose named Pickles, a little jealousy, corn dogs, lemonade, and french fries, and you’ve got a delicious, suspenseful read. 

A Recipe 4 Robbery has already received a glowing review from Kirkus, who called it "top-notch summer reading." Sweet words, indeed, especially on the heels of Kelsey’s highly acclaimed first novel, Tracking Daddy Down (2008), which received a starred review from School Library Journal, and was named to the New York Public Library’s 2008 list of Top 100 Books for Reading and Sharing.

      How about a big flap of applause for Marybeth?
      (photo by ruth_gord)

Now, please join me in congratulating Marybeth on another fabulous book (vegetarians will be especially pleased with today’s soup). Though cucumbers are involved, they are of the coolest variety — no sludge, slime, or goop to interfere with your celebratory slurping!

Today’s Special: Goosey Gumbo (served with mini cheese breadsticks).

And, to top off the meal, have some strawberry shortcake:

photo source: Betty Crocker Recipes

A Recipe 4 Robbery can be purchased at your local indie or fave online bookseller. Click here to read some sample chapters from the book.

     "Well, what are you waiting for?!"
     (photo by phekda5000)

Don’t forget to check out Marybeth’s website or Live Journal blog for more about her and her books!

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12 thoughts on “soup of the day: a recipe 4 robbery by marybeth kelsey!

  1. That second goose photo, where it’s flapping, reminded me of Leda and the swan (even though it’s clearly a goose and not a swan there). Interesting brain linkage, yes?

    Congratulations to Marybeth!


  2. Oh, my goodness, this is the most wonderful book-release post ever!!!! Imagine my delight when I saw it. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Thank you so much, Jama!!!

    PS: Have you ever made stewed cucumbers??


  3. That is interesting. Haven’t thought about Leda in awhile . . .

    BTW, loved seeing your pic in several of the NESCBWI conference posts floating about. You know you’re adorable, right?


  4. Congrats, Marybeth!!

    I’ve never made stewed cucumbers, but I did eat some cucumbers cooked in canary wine at my wedding reception — that was pretty strange. I think there should be a law against cooking cukes. They’re so much better raw! I can tell Lindy Lou is my kind of girl :).


  5. I do not consider myself adorable in the slightest. But thank you.

    Here’s the Yeats version of the story, which I really love, violent though it may be:

    Leda and the Swan

    A sudden blow: the great wings beating still
    Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed
    By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill,
    He holds her helpless breast upon his breast.

    How can those terrified vague fingers push
    The feathered glory from her loosening thighs?
    And how can body, laid in that white rush,
    But feel the strange heart beating where it lies?

    A shudder in the loins engenders there
    The broken wall, the burning roof and tower
    And Agamemnon dead.
    &#8195 &#8195 &#8195 &#8195 &#815 Being so caught up,
    So mastered by the brute blood of the air,
    Did she put on his knowledge with his power
    Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?


  6. I sometimes wish I could take your entire blog with me when I go to the library or bookstore, so I could remember which books seemed especially neat. This story sounds like a lot of fun for middle readers!


  7. I do recommend reading the excerpt that’s online. Eight chapters is a lot to give you a good idea of what the story is about — I’m betting you’ll definitely want to read the rest.


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