The Doughnut King by Jessie Janowitz ~ Publication Day 5-7-19 ~ @jessiejanowitz

Tris Levin thought moving from New York City to middle-of-nowhere Petersville meant life would definitely get worse…only it actually got better. But just when things are looking up, problems start rolling in. 

His doughnut business has a major supply issue. And that’s not the worst part, Petersville has its own supply problem, it doesn’t have enough people. Folks keep moving away and if they can’t get people to stay, Petersville may disappear.

Petersville needs to become a tourist destination, and his shop could be a big part of it, if Tris can keep up with demand. There’s only one solution: The Belshaw Donut Robot. If Tris can win “Can You Cut It,” the cutthroat competitive kids’ cooking show, he can get the cash to buy the machine. But even with the whole town training and supporting him, Tris isn’t sure he can live with what it takes to takes to win. 

The school librarian bought “The Doughnut Fix” for our library in April. I quickly snatched it up to read it aloud to my fifth graders. I rarely read a book to my class that I haven’t read first but I took the chance.

Very quickly Tris, Jeanine, & Zoe became part of our everyday lives as if they would walk through our classroom door at any moment! The story was fast paced and full of hilarious adventures. As we approached the end of the story, we couldn’t wait to learn about how their lives turn out in the next book “The Doughnut King”.

Thanks to Jessie Janowitz, my class was able to read “The Doughnut King” as an advanced reader! We adored it! Tris and his cast of characters never let us down! The multiple themes in this story led to so many class discussions about right and wrong and moral and immoral. Many times we placed ourselves in Tris’s position and asked ourselves what we would have done.

This story was also very fast paced and easy to read. We loved this story and also didn’t want it to end! We are VERY lucky to be looking forward to Jessie Janowitz’s visit to our school in May! If there are any other Doughnut Fix/King books, we will be first to read them as well as any other titles from this talented author!

Jessie Janowitz grew up in New York City and still lives there with her family.

She started making up stories before she was old enough to write them down. She still has one that she dictated to her mother. It’s basically Star Wars but takes place on a planet called Denkofa. Eventually, she came up with more original material. Her debut middle grade novel THE DOUGHNUT FIX, comes out from Sourcebooks on April 3, 2018, is not at all like Star Wars, but there are doughnuts.

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