Tristan’s family moves from New York City, the center of the universe, to Petersville, the middle of nowhere. He leaves behind his favourite restaurants and best friend for a place with no restaurants, no friends, and a house he nicknames the Purple Demon.
In fact, Petersville only has one thing going for it: the promise of amazing chocolate cream doughnuts. When exploring during his first morning in town, Tristan sees a sign advertising them at the general store. But he learns that Winnie, the store’s owner, quit making doughnuts because they were too popular and she became tired of making them.
A few days pass and Tristan can’t get the chocolate cream doughnuts out of his head. So when his parents announce that he and his older sister will be working on personal projects until they start attending the local school in January, Tristan decides to make the doughnuts his project. He suggests a business deal to Winnie: that he will bake and sell the doughnuts if she gives him the recipe.
Winnie isn’t entirely sure, so she makes a series of demands one by one. Tristan has to prove he’s a good baker, present her with a business plan, and agree to pay a licensing fee before she will give him the doughnut recipe.
With nothing to lose, Tristan borrows a copy of Starting Your Own Business for Dummies from the public library.
Can Tristan satisfy Winnie’s demands? Can he ever accept Petersville as home? Will the doughnuts be as good as Tristan imagines?
The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz is shelved upstairs in the juvenile fiction section of the Children’s Department.