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From Scratch
by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Cookie is about to lose her job at the local bakery. She dreams of owning her own bakery but doesn't think she has the skills or money to do it. Most of all, she doesn't have the self-confidence. When she takes a course at the local college, she finds she has much more going for her than she imagined. With the help of her community, she figures out how to make sure no one has to go without her famous doily cookies for long!

Reading Level: 4.8
ISBN: 9781459815025
Pub Date: September 26, 2017
Price: $9.95

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About the author

By the age of eighteen, Gail Anderson-Dargatz knew she wanted to write about women in rural settings. Today, Gail is a bestselling author. A Recipe for Bees and The Cure for Death by Lightning were finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She also teaches other authors how to write fiction. Gail lives in the Shuswap region of British Columbia, the landscape found in so much of her writing. Her next Claire Abbott mystery will be published in October 2015. For more information, visit


BC Booklook—December 11, 2017
"While From Scratch is written using simple language, the story is strong and the characters are believable. Readers will immediately find themselves on Team Eva, and, alongside her, will learn just what it takes to start one's own business...From Scratch is a quick and touching story of pride and perseverance, as well as a novel that offers a lot of practical information. Readers struggling with English as their second language will be drawn easily into this story about a woman who, with a little support, reaches her true potential while realizing a life long dream."

Booklist—June 12, 2017
"Cookie's perseverance through hardship is certainly inspiring, and her bonds with the local community heartwarming. For readers who need a little encouragement, this is just the ticket."


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