April 2009 Indie Next List
“Dessert Schneider is lovable and believable little girl who is always getting into trouble, and learning how to accept the consequences of her actions. Dessert First is a sweet tale about learning lessons in life, especially how to wrong a right. Scrumptious!”
— Rebeka Leinberger, Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore, Cincinnati, OH
Dessert Schneider has her very own personal style. But sometimes walking to the beat of her own drum means walking right into a heap of mischief, especially when it comes to the legendary family recipe (and Dessert's all-time favorite treat), Grandma Reine's Double-Decker Chocolate Bars. As the oldest in a rambunctious, restaurant-owning family, with a four-year-old sister who is going through a "phase" and two little brothers called "the Beasties," Dessert seems to be better at getting into trouble than getting out of it. And that's because for this eight-year-old, saying sorry is definitely not a piece o'cake.
About the Author
Hallie Durand grew up in a large, food-loving family, much like Dessert's. When Hallie is not writing, she likes to visit fondue restaurants for "research." A debut author, she lives in New Jersey. Visit her online at halliedurand.com. Christine Davenier is the illustrator of many books for children, including the Iris and Walter series by Elissa Haden Guest. She lives in Paris.