Miss Cora Lee Marriweather
ran the best bake shop in
these parts–maybe even in the whole
state. The chocolate in her Mississippi
mud pie was darker than the devil’s
own heart. Her sponge cake was so light
the angels kept hoping it would float up
to heaven. No birthday was complete
without a Merriweather layer cake with
her special buttercream frosting.
It would be hard to find a sweeter ghost story than this one, although it does start out sadly. Miss Cora Lee’s baked goods get lots of attention, but she is basically ignored. After she dies (no one cries at her funeral until they realize her desserts are a thing of the past), her ghost refuses to leave her bake shop until a new baker can fulfill a very special request.
This book is very enjoyable to read aloud and the boys love hearing about (and dreaming of choosing from) the bake shop’s wares. I especially like the gumption, persistence, and–ultimately–friendship of the two main characters.
Author: Jacqueline K. Ogburn
Illustrator: Marjorie Priceman