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The Teashop Girls

The Teashop Girls

Illustrated by: Sujean Rim
For Ages: 8 - 14
The Official Rules of the Teashop Girls

1. Teashop girls are best friends forever.
2. Tea is held every week, no matter what.
3. All tea and scones must be split equally at all times.

Annie, Genna, and Zoe have been hanging out at the Steeping Leaf since elementary school. The Teashop Girls do everything together -- at least they used to. With the end of eighth grade approaching, Genna's too busy with theater, Zoe's always at tennis, and Annie feels totally left out. What happened to tea every week, no matter what?

When Annie convinces her grandmother to give her a job as a barista at the Leaf, things begin to look up. In between whipping up chai lattes for customers, and attempting to catch the attention of her Barista Boy crush, Annie is finally beginning to feel as grown-up as her best friends. But an eviction notice spells trouble for the Leaf and unless they can turn the business around, the teashop will have to close its doors forever.

Fresh, honest, and sweet, Laura Schaefer's debut novel is sure to resonate with readers everywhere.
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  • Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416998358 | 
  • December 2009 | 
  • Grades 3 - 9 | 
  • Lexile 710L
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Chapter One

“My dear if you could give me a cup of tea to clear my muddle of a head I should better understand your affairs.” —CHARLES DICKENS, MRS. LIRRIPER’S LEGACY

There’s a right way and a wrong way to do many things, and when it comes to tea, my opinion is one should not mess around. My grandmother Louisa first taught me to brew a fine pot of tea when I was five years old. She told me what a nice job I had done, and I announced I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. Louisa laughed merrily at the time. I hoped she wouldn’t laugh today. I couldn’t bear the thought of being... see more

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Laura Schaefer
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Laura Schaefer

Laura Schaefer has been writing almost as long as she's been making tea. She got her start as a contributor to the University of Wisconsin's student paper, the Daily Cardinal, and went on to write regularly for the Princeton Review and Match.com. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she can usually be found dancing the lindy hop. Her favorite type of tea is English Breakfast with lots of milk and sugar. Visit her online at www.teashopgirls.com.

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