Super Boba Café

Abrams/Amulet. (Super Boba Café: Bk. 1). Oct. 2023. 224p. pap. $16.99. ISBN 9781419759574.
Gr 4 Up–When Aria arrives in San Francisco, she’s excited to spend some quality time with her grandmother. Jing seems happy to have Aria help out in her boba cafe at first, but Aria notices that her grandmother sometimes acts strange and secretive. Jing won’t let Aria into the kitchen at all, and when Aria brings more customers into the cafe by using social media, Jing is more irritated than pleased by the crowds. When Aria finally learns Jing’s secret, it’s absolutely astonishing. Jing makes one enormous boba every day and delivers it to a monster that lives deep inside the earth. When this monster doesn’t get enough to eat, it causes earthquakes under the city, and it keeps getting hungrier. It will be up to Aria (who recently escaped a monster of her own back home) to figure out a way to help save her grandmother, the boba cafe, and the city of San Francisco. This story has plenty of action and cute characters. Chanani’s colorful illustrations are great at capturing the terrifying form of the monster, as well as the adorable prairie dogs and kittens that populate the world of this story.
VERDICT For readers who enjoy funny, furry, and fast-paced adventures.

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