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The ketchup bottle farts and the last dregs splutter on to my sister’s toast. My stomach twists, but to be honest, I was already feeling sick. It’s Friday morning, 7:50 a.m.
Ten minutes to go.
‘Is there any more, Scarlett?’ Kelsie wipes her chin with the sleeve of her school shirt, leaving a sticky red streak on the cuff.
‘No,’ I say. ‘We’re all out and Mum forgot to order more. But you’ve got enough.’ I point to the lake of goop that’s already smeared all over the toast – on top of the butter. Disgusting.

About the book

Twelve-year-old Scarlett is the star – and victim – of her mum's popular blog.

The butt of school jokes, she's eager to stay out of the spotlight. But one evening, she finds a gorgeous kitchen in the house next door, left empty by an elderly neighbour in hospital.

As Scarlett bakes, she starts to transform her life, discovering new friends and forming the Secret Cooking Club. But can she fix her family, seal her friendships and find the mysterious secret ingredient?

Winner of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2015. 

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