Batter Royale (Paperback)
In Leisl Adams’s debut graphic novel, Batter Royale, an aspiring amateur baker enters the toughest, ugliest, most fearsome fight she'll ever experience: a baking reality show.
When seventeen-year-old small-town waitress Rose impresses a famous food critic, she and her best friend, Fred, find themselves thrust into the tough world of competitive baking. The contest is an intense ten days of bizarre challenges, and the competition is cutthroat. Some competitors are willing to lie, cheat, and sabotage their way to the top. Rose may be in over her head, but she is determined to show that she can become a top chef. Batter Royale is a fish-out-of-water style romantic comedy about climbing out of the circumstances you're in and making your dreams come true.
— School Library Journal
"Food puns, rhymes, and alliterations are sprinkled throughout the narrative, with a dash of sound effects from kitchen tools and appliances that immerses readers in the competition. . .Fans of The Great British Bake Off will consume this delectable graphic novel featuring Rose’s recipes to bake with the whole family. "
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This delightful graphic novel with its multiracial cast is a nice blend of romance, contemporary culture, and coming-of-age themes. Baking-obsessed Rose has an infectious personality, and the supporting cast members contribute to a lively narrative that is well supported by bright, expressive art."
— Kirkus Reviews
"The high-stakes competition is a great vehicle for showcasing each character's personality, and readers will genuinely be rooting for kind and creative Rose and partner Fred to succeed. . . Just the right flavor for foodie teens."