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Children's Fiction Cooking & Food

The Heat Is On

by (author) Charise Mericle Harper

illustrated by Aurelie Blard-Quintard

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Initial publish date
Mar 2019
Cooking & Food
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2018
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2019
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


The competition heats up in episode two of this zesty series for fans of kids' cooking competitions!

With this episode's theme of family and tradition, from a diner challenge to a quinceañera to the farmer's market, the junior chefs will have to sauté their way through the chewiest challenges yet. They're the best in the nation, but can they handle the twists and turnovers week two has in store, on- and off-camera? Which junior chefs can stand the heat? And which one will need toget out of the kitchen? We are one episode closer to discovering justwhowill earn the title of Next Best Junior Chef. 

Bonus: Includes real cooking techniques for the aspiring young chef!

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Charise M. Harper is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the Just Grace series, and lives in Oregon. Visit her at and on Twitter @ChariseHarper.
Aurélie Blard-Quintard studied classical drawing in Paris. She lives with her family in Strasbourg, France. Visit her at

Editorial Reviews

"Fast-paced and fun-filled, a delicious read for middle graders, foodies or not."-Kirkus, 11/13/2017

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