Flour Power: First Rise
Milly faithfully makes bread at her aunt’s bakery, but the loaves are bland and the family biz is sinking fast. When Milly notices a strange jar of bubbling goop on the counter, she takes a chance with the old-school breadmaking ingredient. To Milly's horror, the sourdough batch balloons into a giant doughship, sucks both her and her cat, and floats them into the night sky. Demeter, the goddess of grain who pilots the ship, sends Milly on a mission to find a long lost family recipe. Milly time travels to kitchens through history, but the formulas for bread just keep getting worse. Will Milly ever find the long lost recipe to save her family's bakery?
Age Range:Middle Grade
Genre:Cooking & Food, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Page Count Estimate:150
During the pandemic, I tackled sourdough breadmaking and also delved into bread history. By then I'd made educational comics about the beginnings of baguettes, crèpes and poutine, but I was hungrier, so to speak, for a bigger project. I’m drawn to social histories that celebrate everyday lives, especially those of women and girls who, despite the odds, find the courage to stand up for themselves in unlikely places.
As a kid, I drew tons of stories and drawings and also took regular attendance of my stuffed animals. These interests led me to study art and English at university and also to become a teacher. I have a published YA novel (Signs of Martha), and I make educational comics for language-learning. For Flour Power research, I baked and shared lots of sourdough bread with my two grown yet still incredibly cute kids. Let me know if you want a pinch of starter to get yours going.