Cookies & Milk by Shawn Amos
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing Date: May 17, 2022
It’s a summer of family, friendship, and fun fiascos in this semi-autobiographical novel that’s as irresistible as a fresh-baked cookie.
Eleven-year-old Ellis Johnson dreamed of spending the summer of 1976 hanging out with friends, listening to music, and playing his harmonica. Instead, he’ll be sleeping on a lumpy pullout in Dad’s sad little post-divorce bungalow and helping bring Dad’s latest far-fetched, sure-to-fail idea to life: opening the world’s first chocolate chip cookie store. They have six weeks to perfect their recipe, get a ramshackle A-frame on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard into tip-top shape, and bring in customers.
But of course, nothing is as easy as Dad makes it sound, even with Grandma along for the ride. Like she says, they have to GIT—get it together—and make things work. Along the way, Ellis discovers a family mystery he is determined to solve, the power of community, and new faith in himself.
Partially based on Shawn Amos’s own experiences growing up the son of Wally “Famous” Amos in a mostly white area, and packed with humor, heart, and fun illustrations, this debut novel sings with the joy of self-discovery, unconditional love, and belonging.
About the Author:
Shawn Amos is a world-renowned Blues musician who grew up the son of Wally Amos, aka Famous Amos: a pop culture icon, cookie mogul, and household name to this day. When Shawn’s not touring or recording as The Reverend Shawn Amos, he works as a partner at NYC communications firm Hudson Cutler. He is also a divorced father of three children, with whom he enjoys baking. This is his first novel.
Now I love to read Middle Grades which had been set in an era that reminded me of growing up and that is the main reason why I so wanted to read Cookies & Milk so much.
I loved Ellis as a main character the things he got up to were so 70s there I said it. While Ellis was 11 and living on Sunset Strip I was 6 years old living in the UK witnessing the hottest summer ever and doing what kids do and this brought back so many memories.
But the character that cracked me up was Grandma and her infamous cane. Every time I saw the words THWACK in big black bold letters I knew Grandma was coming and could not wait to see what was going to happen next and see who was in trouble.
Still Shawn gives us more a playlist from the era which I thoroughly enjoyed and thought that it was such a nice touch and now for every book I read I make my own playlists up.
So thank you again Shawn for writing such a heart warming story and I had no doubt in my mind to give 4 fabulous stars