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Review: The Teashop Girls

April 24, 2009

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When Annie, Zoe  and Genna were younger they declared themselves “The Teashop Girls” and vowed to be friends forever.  Now that they’re in the eighth grade, they seem to drifting apart.  Annie gets a job at her grandmother’s teashop, The Steeping Leaf and discovers it’s having financial difficulties and may have to close.  Annie is heartbroken and calls The Teashop Girls together so they can come up with a plan of action to save the teashop, but is it too little, too late?

The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer is geared for girls 8 to 14, but I absolutely loved it.   I’m not much of a tea drinker but I kept wishing I had a cup of it while I was reading the book.  I could really relate to the character of Annie and would love to have a granddaughter like her (years from now).   The world is changing and everyone is growing up and Annie’s not sure she likes it.  She’s embarrassed by her dad at times, annoyed by her siblings, full of self-doubt  and fights with her friend, yet she is so sweet, caring, determined and down to earth.

Besides the story, this book has reproductions of  ads, recipes, lists, beauty tips and drawings  – all related to tea.  All of these little details enhanced the book for me.  Sujean Rim’s drawings are fantastic.  The Teashop Girls is one of the sweetest books I’ve read in a long time and I highly recommend it.

Review copy provided by the author.

41 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2009 7:00 am

    I’ve heard only good things about this book. And the cover is so fresh. I am putting this book on my wishlist.

  2. April 24, 2009 7:10 am

    Sounds great for the twins! Who published it?

  3. April 24, 2009 7:11 am

    P.S. How are you enjoying Follow Me?

  4. April 24, 2009 7:17 am

    This sounds cute!

  5. April 24, 2009 7:40 am

    LOVED THIS BOOK and so did my daughter! Thanks so much for passing on your copy. It will be treasured!

  6. April 24, 2009 7:53 am

    I bet this book is really good. Thanks for your review.

  7. Kaye permalink
    April 24, 2009 8:13 am

    Oooh, this sounds so good! I’m putting this one on my list immediately. I just love stories with tea and teashops. Great review,Kathy. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book.

  8. April 24, 2009 8:43 am

    This sounds wonderful and I absolutely love the cover.

  9. April 24, 2009 9:34 am

    I want to get this so that both my daughter and I can read it. I think we both will love it.

  10. April 24, 2009 9:36 am

    Sounds cute! And I love tea!

  11. stacybuckeye permalink
    April 24, 2009 9:38 am

    Sounds like a great gift! Thanks for the tip 🙂

  12. April 24, 2009 10:24 am

    OMG, I want to read this book so badly! I just adore the cover art. Enjoyed your review… I have to get it! It keeps showing up on everyone’s blogs just to torment me! 🙂

  13. April 24, 2009 11:09 am

    This one sounds like something my 8 y.o. would enjoy. She is becoming annoyed with books she finds “too easy”. Perhaps we’ll do this one as a share read seeing how this is one adults seem to be enjoying as well.

    Thanks for the review!

  14. April 24, 2009 11:23 am

    ooh, tea! I love having a tea and poetry reading when the winter gets long, or a tea and croquet match in the summer. I think I’ll look for this book for one of my nieces.

  15. April 24, 2009 11:26 am

    Sounds delightful.

  16. April 24, 2009 11:28 am

    This books sounds so delightful. I love my tea and coffee especially lemon chamomile-my favorite.

  17. April 24, 2009 11:49 am

    You know, the author just did a reading of this at the very nice coffeeshop *one block from my house* that I spend my whole life at… and I was at my friends’ six-year-old birthday party. This review makes me sad I missed it!

  18. April 24, 2009 12:10 pm

    I could use a “sweetest book” myself. Sometimes you just need something to read that you back to that innocent period in your life.

  19. Carol permalink
    April 24, 2009 2:12 pm

    My daughter’s 9, but I don’t think this is up her alley.
    By the way, I passed an award on to you here.

  20. April 24, 2009 2:13 pm

    The more I read about this book, the more I want to read it myself!

  21. April 24, 2009 2:16 pm

    Sounds like a cute book. I will have to keep my eyes open for it. 🙂

  22. April 24, 2009 2:35 pm

    My mom would really like this book, especially since it’s about tea. She’s addicted. :p The book sounds cute, I’ll have to check it out.

    ~ Popin

  23. April 24, 2009 2:38 pm

    I love tea and have this book on my wishlist. It sounds fantastic and I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it.

  24. April 24, 2009 3:27 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Kathy! I have an ARC of Teashop Girls that I’m hoping to dive into over the weekend. Tea was always a very big deal in our house. My mother is so proud of our British heritage that I often tease her that she has tea running through her veins.

  25. April 24, 2009 4:52 pm

    I’m not sure why this book sounds good to me, but I don’t feel like moving the heavens to find a copy. Maybe it’s the cover. I’m not sure the cover appeals. Great review!

  26. April 24, 2009 5:39 pm

    I just loved this book too! So glad you took the time to read it.

  27. April 24, 2009 7:36 pm

    This sounds like a great book for my step-granddaughter.

  28. April 24, 2009 9:54 pm

    I’m not sure why but I can’t stand this cover lol. I REALLY want to read the book though, go figure! I just know I’d enjoy it 🙂

    Why have I never seen a teashop? 😦 I bet they’re wonderful places and I’m not that crazy about coffee except every once in a blue moon!

  29. April 24, 2009 11:26 pm

    This sounds like a book my 12-year-old daughter would like – I’m going to pass your review on to her. 🙂

  30. April 25, 2009 8:45 am

    sounds adorable 🙂

  31. April 25, 2009 8:50 am

    I loved the recipes and the beauty tips using tea.

  32. April 25, 2009 1:14 pm

    This book sounds precious and refreshing. I love that sweet cover.

  33. April 25, 2009 6:38 pm

    This book sounds really good. I love tea, and I love a good YA novel, too. What a great combination.

  34. April 25, 2009 7:52 pm

    I’m looking forward to reading this.

  35. April 26, 2009 8:23 am

    I have this on my TBR List. I like to read a “sweet” book every now and then. 🙂

  36. April 26, 2009 5:28 pm

    I love the way you’ve described Annie! Every girl should have a friend like her 🙂

  37. April 26, 2009 10:09 pm

    What a cute story. I’ll have to pick this one up for my neices.

  38. April 27, 2009 12:54 am

    I really want to read this one. I’m glad you liked it so much.

  39. April 28, 2009 5:06 pm

    I have heard so much amazing stuff about this book! I really want to read it – great review!

  40. May 4, 2009 9:50 pm

    The Girl might like this one. Thanks for the recommendation.

    –Anna

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