The Teashop Girls … by Laura Schaefer
Posted August 17, 2012on:
The Teashop Girls was authored by Laura Schaeffer. Ms. Schaeffer beautify illustrated the story. I felt as if I was in the story with the characters. I also thought that the story had a touch of homeliness to it, which is good when you’re looking for something to enjoy as you snuggle up with a soft blanket and a mug of hot chocolate.
Annie Green is getting ready to start high school and has a bit of anxiety. First of all, she’ll be going into high school WITHOUT a boyfriend and without a job. Getting a job was a simple fix, because Annie’s Grandmother (Louisa) owns the town’s tea shop, The Steeping Leaf. So Annie becomes a barista and meets a cute boy named Jonathan. Jonathan is in high school and a bit out of Annie’s league – but only for the summer.
On Annie’s first day as a barista, the owner of the building is talking to Grandma and gives her an eviction notice. They will be evicted if they don’t pay their rent by the end of month. The town is going to lose their beloved Steeping Leaf! So, Annie calls in the Teashop Girls. The Teashop Girls consists of Annie, Genna, and Zoe. They have been going to the Steeping Leaf since they were in kindergarten and they have what it takes to save it.
The Girls decide to sell the Steeping Leaf’s tea to a spa nearby. They also get the local tv station to interview Grandma to promote the shop. Then, for a last resort, the Girls decide to host the 30th anniversary party of the Steeping Leaf. Sadly on the day before the anniversary party Grandma announces that she is going to close down the shop and retire. She feels she’s had the business long enough.
On the day the party, last-minute changes are made because the anniversary party turned into a farewell party based on Grandma’s decision. Everyone is gloomy and depressed because the shop is leaving and they will have to go somewhere else for their tea and lose the charming, comfortable feeling of the shop has. Even over all the people Annie is the saddest person there because she is losing such a big piece of her childhood. All of a sudden an official man comes walking in the door and announces that he is going to buy the place and let Grandma keep it. It turns out he was a friend of Grandma’s husband and was doing him a favor. Everyone rejoices and is happy for all time.
I enjoyed this book because of its simplicity it was very easy to understand. Ms.Schaefer did an amazing job using details because she used them but didn’t make it so that the details were overpowering or wordy. I also think that the author did a fabulous job with quotes because at the beginning of each chapter she would do a quote that showed why people thought tea was good.
The moral is have faith and keep pushing forward. The Girls could have easily given up and let the teashop go yet they continued to believe it would work out for the best.