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Sunday 22 March 2020

Review: The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes: The Crumbling Castle

The first book, The Crumbling Castle, in the new series, The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes, will enthrall readers who love top-secret adventures and cakes!

Zinnia Jakes is a famous, but mysterious, pastry chef. No one ever sees her and the incredible cakes always seem to appear at their destinations when no one is watching. In this story, Zinnia Jakes must create an authentic, crumbling castle cake in just two days' time, for the Medieval Fair. But, how will she do it and who is she?

Author, Brenda Gurr, has created a cast of characters children will love. Zoe Jones, is a 9-year-old school student by day and secret chef by night. Yes, Zoe Jones is Zinnia Jakes, the famous creator of exquisite cakes!

Other key characters are Zoe's best friend, Addie, who loves gymnastics and helping to solve mathematical problems, Zoe's Aunty Jam, who plays cello for a living and has helped set up the secret Zinnia Jakes kitchen, and Zoe's  extraordinary cat, Coco, who can dance, read and maybe even type!

This is a tightly constructed story with interesting characters. The narrative is action-packed, with risks of discovery, cake-related disasters and lots of fun. There is even a delicious recipe in the final pages, for readers to bake at home, with adult assistance.

Title: The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes: The Crumbling Castle
Author: Brenda Gurr
Illustrator: Nancy Leschnikoff
Publisher: New Frontier, $14.99
Publication Date: 15 March 2020
Format: Paperback
For ages: 7+
Type: Junior Fiction