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Teen Summer Reading Program: Foodie Fiction for Teens

Food fights, cooking shows, killer pizza, and killer (or not) peanut allergies, we've got it all in these food-related fiction titles for any occasion.

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Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw

Cyril, an overweight boy who is good friends with Rose (and wishes he could be more) helps his best friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces which Cyril himself secretly creates.

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Hot Lunch by Alex Bradley

Molly Ollinger and Cassie Birchmeyer can’t stand each other. When their bickering escalates into a food fight, the girls' punishment isn't detention but working in the cafeteria as lunch ladies. Now they will have to cook up a way to get along to get themselves out of the kitchen.

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Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor

While working as summer employees in a local pizza parlor, three teenagers are recruited by an underground organization of monster hunters.

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The Sweet Life of Stella Madison by Lara M. Zeises

Stella is the junk-food-loving daughter of two separated but not divorced foodies. Unfortunately, that looks to be changing as both parents become involved in new relationships and Stella ends up torn between her boyfriend and the new intern at her mom's restaurant.

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The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

When her father announces that they will move to New York City to pursue his dream of hosting a cooking show, Sheridan, a master cake decorator, becomes desperate to contact her long-absent mother.

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Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

When multiple murders threaten the grand re-opening of her family's vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old Quincie worries that her best friend, Keiren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.

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Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee

Almost sixteen years old, Rosemary decides she is sick of being overweight, mocked at school and at Heavenly Hair--her mother's beauty salon--and feeling out of control. As she slowly loses weight, she realizes other people's lives are not as perfect as they seem from the outside either.

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Peanut by Ayun Halliday

Nervous about starting her sophomore year at a new high school, Sadie decides to make herself more interesting by claiming to be allergic to peanuts, but her lie quickly spirals out of control.

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Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams

Although sixteen-year-old Sophie has grown up working in her family's Mediterranean restaurant in Washington, D.C., she is not prepared to compete on the new reality show, Teen Test Kitchen, when her best friend Alex convinces her to audition.

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Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Rae “Sunshine” Seddon lives a quiet life working at her stepfather's bakery. One night, she goes out to the lake for some peace and quiet. Vampires never entered her mind. Until they found her.

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All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

In a not-so-distant future, natural resources are scarce, and luxury items like chocolate are illegal. 16-year-old Anya's murdered father was the head of a chocolate syndicate, but she wants nothing to do with a life of crime. She focuses on protecting her siblings, and on resisting the charms of a new friend, but when Anya is accused of attempted murder, she may need to embrace her role in the Family in order to protect herself and everyone she loves.