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Gut Reaction

Tess Medina is still dealing with the loss of her father when she starts at a new school, but she stays close to him by doing what she does best: baking. He taught her everything she knows. When tasting her creations causes a deep stabbing pain, Tess tries to power through and be strong.

Tess assembles a ragtag team to taste-test her creations in preparation for the Jubilee Flour Junior Baker West Coast competition. After just missing out on star baker three years ago, this is her chance to redeem herself and, above all, make her dad proud.

Leading up to the competition, Tess’s pain worsens, and soon she’s avoiding so many foods she is barely eating. When the physical pain becomes too great, Tess is forced to confront everything she has been trying so desperately to hide.

From critically acclaimed Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson and her daughter, debut author Quinn Wyatt, comes a poignant and heart-filled, often funny, and always moving story of coming to grips with grief and finding the sweet filling inside every treat. Inspired by Quinn’s own personal journey, readers will gain a window into what life with a chronic illness is like.