From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Description: Zoe Washington isn’t sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she’s never met, hadn’t heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who’s been in prison for a terrible crime? A crime he says he never committed. Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Everyone else thinks Zoe’s worrying about proving to her parents that she’s worthy of auditioning for Food Network’s Kids Bake Challenge. But with bakery confections on one part of her mind, and Marcus’s conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn’t know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: Everyone lies.

Review: Holy cow, this story hooked me from the very beginning. In the first chapter alone the reader learns that Zoe is having a spat with her best friend, then she receives a letter on her birthday from her father in prison that she’s never had contact with before, and finally she has a hardcore love of baking. I simply couldn’t put it down. It’s a wonderfully written story and takes you through the full spectrum of emotions. This is absolutely one of my new favorite books.

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