The Tumbling Tortoises

From the Series The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Meet Zoe Jones (aka Zinnia Jakes), a nine-year-old SECRET PASTRY CHEF! Schoolgirl by day and chef by night!

Zoe is ecstatic! She has won the Wildside Zoo’s endangered animals competition with her super-cute tortoise cupcake idea. But when she does more research about Galapagos tortoises and wears a Zinnia Jakes apron, Polly, her classmate, starts to put two and two together and asks probing questions.

Zoe, along with the help of her magical cat, Coco, her best friend, Addie, and her eccentric Aunty Jam, tries to keep everything under wraps.

Full of mystery and excitement, the question remains if Zinnia Jakes can still be the secret pastry chef that everyone loves or will her cover be blown?

Perfect for readers ages 7+ who love baking, secret identities and magical cats! Join Zinnia Jakes on her incredible adventure and even try out the tasty chocolate swirl cupcakes recipe at the back of the book!

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 3
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2021
Publisher New Frontier Publishing
Imprint New Frontier Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2021-03-02
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV050000, JUV006000, JUV002240
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5 x 7.125
Lexile 600
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Recipes, and Teaching Guides

Author: Brenda Gurr

Brenda Gurr works as a freelance writer and editor from her home in the beautiful countryside of Victoria, Australia. She lives with her family and two attention-seeking Burmese cats named Bingley and Bess.

Illustrator: Nancy Leschnikoff

Nancy Leschnikoff is a designer and illustrator, mother of two young children, and an all-around juggler! She juggles her poster illustration business in her spare time while looking after her family.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes

Zoe Jones is Zinnia Jakes, a nine-year-old secret pastry chef! She makes the tastiest and most wonderful cakes. Together with her magical cat, Coco, her best friend Addie, and her aunt Jam, they get into incredible adventures. View available downloads →