The Doughnut King

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 09 May 2019

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Tris Levin’s business is booming, the trouble is that he can’t keep up with demand and when people are coming from far and wide to sample his doughnuts and there are none left they are getting angry and leaving negative comments about his business. He needs a plan and fast.

It’s not only Tris that is having issues. He hometown of Petersville is too. The little village with just one high street is struggling. People don’t want to move to this little place and if they are not careful it could just disappear altogether. After a town planning meeting, the residents come up with an idea to offer the shops at a discounted price to people. Hopefully with all the shops filled people will want to visit, but they need help in marketing the town too.

An idea is soon planted in Tris’s mind. A children’s cookery show is looking for contestants and the winner will walk away with a large sum of money, enough to buy a doughnut machine that could help Tris make more and expand his business. He could also advertise his little town on national TV. But with the contestants all out to win and a judge who clearly dislikes him, can Tris keep a level head long enough to win the programme or will everything become too much for the young lad?

The Doughnut King begins right where The Doughnut Fix left off. Whilst I believe this book could be read as a standalone, I would always advise reading the first book as it will help you to understand how Tris got to where he is now and what he went through to become ‘doughnut famous’.

The book was a quick read and so enjoyable from beginning to end. Because I had already learned so much about Tris, his family, and friends in the first book I found being back in their presence such a delight and was eager for Tris to do well in the competition. I was also happy to be back listening to his talented and extremely clever little sister Jeanine.

There is so much charm in this story and I just didn’t want it to end. I do hope that there will be more books in the series as they have both been superb reads and have had some very heart-warming moments alongside some laugh-out-loud ones too. I also adore the recipes at the back of the books and can’t wait to try out the ones in this book. One warning though, reading this book might just make you hungry!
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A delight from start to finish! I adored this sequel to the terrific The Doughnut Fix. This has the same great characters and the same heart and humor. But the story arc for Tris is stronger and richer. Tris wrestles with his identity and tries to find his way through a reality TV cooking show that challenges his character even more than his cooking skills. And while not perfect, Tris absolutely shines through it all. Highly recommend!
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Even  though this is the 2nd book in series, and I had not read the first one, it did not matter at all which is refreshing, and a real bonus for any students who pick this up to read on a whim.   The plot for this novel is that Tris and his friend Josh live in a tiny town called Petersville and run a doughnut shop after school from 4pm until they sell out of donuts.  Their main problem is that, as they cant keep up with the demand for the special FYO  ( Fill-Your Own) donuts this causes all sorts of issues and heartache for our main character Tris. who is committed to running his own business.
The characters are very believable and the plot will work well for students in that  it gives the message that it takes courage and persistence to achieve what you wish for in life. Also there are lovely side issues with the other people in the small town who offer their gems of wisdom to the main protagonists.
I will definitely purchase both this and the first novel ( want to find out how the story started.)
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The school librarian bought "The Doughnut Fix" for our library in April. I quickly snatched it up to read it aloud to my fifth graders. I rarely read a book to my class that I haven't read first but I took the chance.
Very quickly Tris, Jeanine, & Zoe became part of our everyday lives as if they would walk through our classroom door at any moment! The story was fast paced and full of hilarious adventures. As we approached the end of the story, we couldn't wait to learn about how their lives turn out in the next book "The Doughnut King".
Thanks to Jessie Janowitz, my class was able to read "The Doughnut King" as an advanced reader! We adored it! Tris and his cast of characters never let us down! The multiple themes in this story led to so many class discussions about right and wrong and moral and immoral. Many times we placed ourselves in Tris's position and asked ourselves what we would have done.
This story was also very fast paced and easy to read. We loved this story and also didn't want it to end! We are VERY lucky to be looking forward to Jessie Janowitz's visit to our school in May! If there are any other Doughnut Fix/King books, we will be first to read them as well as any other titles from this talented author!
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I loved the first book in this series because while the situation was a little over the top, it was still presented in a reasonable, believable way. I think the author went a little too far with the plot of The Doughnut King and the reality show competition. One of the reasons I enjoyed the first book so much was that Tris figured things out on his own with the support of his family. That being said, i did enjoy reading more about this quirky family.
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The minute Larrabee finishes a book he loves, he always asks, “Is there a sequel?”

If, like us, you loved The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz (a 2018 Cybils finalist), then I have good news for you. Tris’s adventures continue in The Doughnut King!

The doughnut business that Tris started with his friend Josh is a huge success. It’s so popular, actually, that they can’t keep up with demand, and that’s a problem. Meanwhile, the town of Petersville has problems too. If it’s not able to attract tourists, it may disappear.

When all his other options to fix his supply issues fail, Tris reluctantly goes on a reality TV kids’ cooking show in the hopes that he can use the prize money to buy a doughnut-making robot to save his business and his new town. But the contest will test more than just his baking skills.

The best thing about this book is the characters. They’re vivid and interesting, especially Tris and his family. His dad speaks French when he gets angry and takes on crazy projects, such as trying to make maple syrup from sycamore trees. His mom, a professional chef, thinks baking is a more important life skill than swimming. His middle sister Jeanine is an academic superstar, and his youngest sister Zoe eats chocolate cream straight from the pastry gun. And Tris is one of those ordinary kids who ends up doing extraordinary things.

I recommend this book to kids who are foodies, bakers, entrepreneurs, or fans of fun stories. Just don’t read it when you’re hungry!

Thank you to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. Its expected publication date is May 7.
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Tris is a typical boy, in a small town, that is if typical boys have cooking shows as their favorite things to watch, and run a doughnut shop after school and on weekends.

This is the follow up book to the first book about Tris, where we find out what happened after he created the perfect doughnut. In this story, he goes on a reality tv cooking show, to win money to get a doughnut machine so he can make his recipe faster to keep up with demand.

The head chef has it out for Tris, for some reason and the high jinks begin.

But, with all this, we have the friendship of his family and friends, helping him along.

It is a little slow at the beginning, but once we get to the reality TV show, it picks up the pace.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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Another super fun installment of the Doughnut Fix stories! (This one had the recipes included in the ARC I got, thanks Jessie Janowitz!)
In this story Tris, founder of the Doughnut Stop is struggling. He and his partner Josh can't keep up with demand, people are posting negative reviews, his parents are struggling financially but keeping it a secret, and his town, Petersville, is dying. But he's only 12 what is he supposed to do about it? Being Tris, take the weight of everything on his own shoulders. I feel so hard for this kid. His anxiety is through the roof, but his heart is pure gold. His anxiety comes to the fore when his sister Janine enters him into a super intense Chopped-like cooking contest for kids, because the prize is $100K and could solve all their problems.
Tris takes one for the team, pushing through major anxiety and doing his best through the whole process, and it's just sweet and fun at the same time. Life lessons, like it's ok to mess up, even if it's a huge mess up, as long as you own up are sprinkled throughout the story, along with amazing descriptions of food and interesting factoids. I can't wait to find out more about Tris' Doughnut Empire.
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