A middle-grade/YA novel titled Measuring Up:
When sixteen-year-old Darby Patrick decides to start her own catering company, she imagines that her biggest challenges will be difficult clients or droopy soufflés—she has no idea that a demanding new romance, high school politics, and one very scary cheerleader will also be part of the mix.
Darby excels at two things: cooking, and selling herself short. So when her mom suggests that Darby turn her lifelong love of cooking into a paying business, Darby’s first instinct is to say no—she’s not sure she’s ready for her own spotlight. But the idea proves too delicious to resist, and Darby is soon dreaming up such delectable dishes as Meatball Mystery Dates, Scurvy Blasters, and Chocolate Cloud Pie (recipes included!).
As the town’s newest entrepreneur, Darby catches the attention of Owen Driver, a mover-and-shaker who sees himself and Darby as the school’s new power couple. Adding the charming and popular basketball player T.J. Larrivee to her catering team further elevates Darby’s social standing. Suddenly, Darby—a lifelong resident of the school’s wallpaper—is a candidate for Winter Queen and in the thick of a student strike.
Status: Unpublished; actively seeking a publisher/agent
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