Review of The Doughnut King, by Jessie Janowitz

The Doughnut King

by Jessie Janowitz

Sourcebooks, 2019. 330 pages.
Starred Review
Review written June 19, 2019, from a library book

The Doughnut King is the sequel to The Doughnut Fix, which was one of my 2018 Sonderbooks Stand-outs, read during my Newbery year.

In the first book, Tris and his family moved to the small town of Petersville in upstate New York from the big city, and Tris managed to begin a thriving doughnut business, located next to his mother’s new restaurant.

But Tris’s doughnuts are so delicious, so very good, that he can’t keep up with demand. People come to Petersville to buy doughnuts, and they are disappointed.

At the same time, the mayor of Petersville tells them that the town is dying. Tris gets a vision – if he could only make more doughnuts, people could come to Petersville and would not be disappointed. He could even hire people to sell them.

Tris gets his heart set on a doughnut-making machine that could solve their problem of not making doughnuts quickly enough. But the price is far out of range. So Tris’s genius little sister enters him into a cooking show contest, Can You Cut It? — completely against Tris’s will.

But their mother once worked with Chef J. J., the temperamental chef who judges the show. Tris is convinced that got him on the show. But once on the show, he needs to win – for the sake of Petersville.

This book is another fun read with the ins and outs of the cooking competition and the characters from the town. Kids who are interested in cooking will like it all the more, but even if not this is a fun story about using ingenuity to save a town.

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