Australian author Sally Murphy has recently launched her fantastic new series of books following the adventurous life of Sage Cookson. Sage isn’t your average 10-year-old. Her parents are television chefs who travel around Australia and the world meeting lots of different people, sampling the food and learning new cooking techniques. They then share their new knowledge with their huge TV audience. This means that Sage gets to travel with them, tasting lots of yummy food herself and getting into all sorts of adventures. There are two books in the series so far:
In Sage Cookson’s Sweet Escape Sage and her parents visit a chocolatier to film a segment for their TV show. Things go drastically wrong when the competitive spirit gets the better of the chocolatier.
In Sage Cookson’s Ring of Truth Sage and her parents visit a bakery to film a segment for their TV show. They are all in for a bit of a surprise when a treasured ring goes missing.
These books are perfect for early readers who are growing in confidence or for slightly older children who want a quick read. The font is large, the chapters are short and there is lots of action to keep readers engaged. I really like the way that Sally has given Sage the sense of a normal life by connecting her with her friend through the text messages they send to each other. They are perfect for fans of Billy B. Brown but especially for kids who love cooking and baking and are fans of the many cooking shows on our TV screens. Each book includes a recipe at the end (relevant to the story) that kids can make themselves.
If you’re looking for a fun new series for 7-10 year olds then Sally Murphy’s Sage Cookson series is perfect.
Check out www.sagecookson.com.au for more information about the books and some great recipes to try.