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The Baking Life of Amelie Day
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The Baking Life of Amelie Day

by Vanessa Curtis
Illustrated by Jane Eccles

Thirteen-year-old Amelie Day loves to bake so she's thrilled when she's invited to compete in the Best Teen Baker of the Year contest. But Amelie has Cystic Fibrosis, and some days she can barely breathe. Determined not to let her condition or her mom stop her from taking part, Amelie musters all her Flour Power. But will it be enough to get her to the top?

GenreRealistic Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 4-8
Interest LevelGrades 4-8
Lexile Level940L
ATOS Level5.7
AR Points6
AR Quiz #174888
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
Text SubtypeCause & Effect
PublisherStone Arch Books
Page Dimensions5 1/4" x 7 1/2"
Page Count176
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $25.27 School/Library Price



Barnes & Noble Kids blog - Maria Burel

"Told through Amelie’s point of view, this book offers insight into the realities of living with cystic fibrosis, as well as the consequences that come along with being a feisty, determined, teenager." - Barnes & Noble Kids blog

May 31, 2017

Imagination Soup - Melissa Taylor

"I enjoyed this book so much! The writing flows, the plot is engaging, the characters are fascinating — especially Amelie — and learning about living with Cystic Fibrosis is quite eye-opening. . . .You won’t just love this story but also want to try the various recipes throughout the book – I love when authors do that." - Imagination Soup

July 9, 2015


Barnes & Noble Kids blog - Rachel Paxton

"Amelie’s recipes are included throughout, and thanks to her thoughtful and truthful voice, readers really get a sense of what it’s like to live with a disease while attempting to pursue your dreams." - Barnes & Noble Kids blog

June 20, 2017

New Moon Girls, "Lacey Recommends" - Lacey Louwagie

"...if your favorite part of Valentine’s Day is the candy and frosted sugar cookies, check out The Baking Life of Amelie Day by Vanessa Curtis, which is about a girl with cystic fibrosis who is committed to winning the Best Teen of the Year competition despite her illness. This book includes some of Amelie’s recipes, too — yum!" - New Moon Girls, "Lacey Recommends"

February 14, 2016


Kids' Book Buzz/San Francisco Book Review - Farrah, Age 9

"I think that this book is very suspenseful. It also has a good mixture of happy and sad and teaches kids about CF." - Kids' Book Buzz/San Francisco Book Review

March 6, 2016

VOYA, "Food for Thought: Books About Cooking and Eating" - Shaun Dreisbach, Teen Vogue

"Bold choices lead to unexpected consequences and important life lessons in this heartwarming book that enlightens readers as to the effects of CF [cystic fibrosis]." - VOYA, "Food for Thought: Books About Cooking and Eating"

August 1, 2016



VOYA Magazine

2015 TOP of the Top Shelf, Fiction for Middle School Award

February 1, 2016

VOYA Magazine

2015 Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers Award   Amelie's heart-wrenching story is interspersed with some of her very own recipes and will have all readers cheering for her 'flour power!"

February 1, 2016

VOYA Magazine

2015 Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers

February 1, 2017

Vanessa Curtis

Vanessa Curtis

Vanessa is the award-winning author of several contemporary YA novels including Zelah Green (Egmont, 2009), which won the Manchester Children’s Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Prize 2009, and The Haunting of Tabitha Grey (Egmont, 2012), a contemporary ghost story with a shocking twist.

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