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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

By Sharon Creech, Sharon Creech


Bailey, who is usually so nice, Bailey, my neighbor, my friend, my buddy, my pal for my whole life, knowing me better than anybody, that Bailey, that Bailey I am so mad at right now, that Bailey, I hate him today.

Twelve-year-old Rosie and her best friend, Bailey, don't always get along, that's true. But Granny Torrelli seems to know just how to make things right again with her interesting stories and family recipes. It's easier to remember what's important about love, life, and friendship while Granny Torrelli makes soup.

Praises & Awards


Virginia Young Readers Award

Book Sense Pick

New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing"

ALA Booklist Editors' Choice

ALA Notable Children's Book

Product Details

Imprint: HarperCollins

Format: Paperback

On Sale: 12/26/2012

ISBN: 9780064409605

ISBN10: 0064409600

Pages: 160

Trimsize: 7.625 x 5.125 in


JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Special Needs


When I learned that my daughter was expecting her first child, I began thinking about what it would be like to be a grandparent. In remembering my own grandparents, it seemed that most of my memories of my grandmothers swirled around kitchens and food. There was something important—more important than the meals being made—that took place in those kitchens, and I wanted to explore that. I kept seeing images of my Italian grandmother, with her elfish smile and quick wit, and those images evolved into the character of Granny Torrelli.


Granny Torrelli refers to her own childhood friend as Pardo, which, in “real life” was the name of my grandfather.

Although I don’t remember making zuppa with my grandmother, we did make cavatelli and sauce, just as Rosie, Bailey, and Granny Torrelli do in this story. And Rosie’s favorite salad (“the one with oranges”) was also my favorite when I was Rosie’s age.