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The Hidden Kitchen by Michael J Lee

Food is magic, chefs are magicians, a young boy is in trouble 

Twelve-year-old Joshua Sage has struggling to survive on the streets of Destinapolis along with his friends. But after helping a dying man, Joshua suddenly has the knowledge of a master chef. Enough knowledge to find food in the unlikeliest of spots.

But that knowledge comes with a price. The dying man had enemies and now those enemies are after Joshua.


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Listed: Jan 16, 2010

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By Linda Schoales, editor

Jan 16, 2010: The first chapter is well-written, if a bit sad. It’s about a "family" of street kids trying to survive. At 12, Joshua is the oldest and has taken on the responsibility for 5 or 6 younger kids.

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You’re in for a treat.

By Von, member

Jan 25, 2010: As we read at the end of chapter twelve, ‘you’re in for a treat.’

First the negative. This isn’t the best written story I have ever read. The writing is choppy, and rough. The author begins with a couple of embedded flashbacks that make for difficult reading.

No, the jewel of this story is . . . the story. We only have up to chapter twelve, so the story is just being born, but it looks promising. And unique. I have a weak spot for imaginative plots, and this is one. A group of orphans, a new kind of magic . . . and food. Food is good. I mean the current chapter has our hero cooking up a stew out of ingredients he finds in an alley.

I would like to clear up a couple of plot holes, a few rough spots. And I wish he had a little better grasp of language. But I am really looking forward to the next bits of the story.

To comment on this review, or request a review on you (clean) book, write me at von@vonsbooks.com

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